When it comes to planning building work, how long should you allow for an architect?
Running out of space? Kids getting bigger? No more room to extend up or out – what about extending underground?
Summer is here, and with the arrival of brighter days and warmer nights comes an abundance of reasons to spend more time in your garden. Here, Nicky Roeber, Online Horticultural Expert at Wyevale Garden Centres, shares his tips for lighting up your outdoor space so you can spend more time outside in the evening this summer
Are you looking for more space? Building a two-storey extension can transform your home and be an opportunity to update the exterior.
If only there was a magic wand that could achieve marvels and with one wave could make your beautiful new extension miraculously appear. Unfortunately, planning and building a successful home extension requires a lot of preparation, leg work and time. And lots of it.
If you are staying put during a home extension, there are lots of things you can do to minimise the disruption and dust from building work
Can’t decide whether to extend your home or do a loft conversion? Stop going round in circles and read our three-point plan to help you decide if extending upwards or sideways is right for you.
Here are our top tips to help minimise the impact of building work on you and your family.
A well-designed open plan layout can make for a light, spacious and sociable home – but planning is key
Whether you want to extend a Grade II listed barn or modernise a 17th century stone cottage, if the property is on the statutory National Heritage List for England, then you will be subject to additional planning controls.
The challenge of knowing how to revamp a room or rework your living space can often seem insurmountable. It’s like having a blank canvas – but with no idea of what to paint. So where do you start?
When deciding which builder to use, it is always good to talk about payment arrangements early on in the negotiations before you commit to a contract
It’s very easy to get carried away and go over budget with a build - but what should you do if this happens to you?
Everything you wanted to know about carrying out a loft conversion but were afraid to ask!
Sometimes, no matter how much you have vetted a contractor, things can still go wrong and before you know it, you’re left with half a build and no one to fix it.
Need to renovate your kitchen on a tight budget? It’s possible to get a fresh new look without spending a fortune. From picking up a paintbrush for a few hours to investing in a new worktop, here are our ideas for a kitchen makeover.
No matter whether it’s a plumber, a carpenter, or a plasterer, a tradesperson’s tools are their lifeline. Built up over time, with specialist tools that can often cost thousands of pounds, makes anyone in the building trade very protective about where they leave their tools overnight.
Side return extensions are a hugely popular way of extending semi-detached and end of terraced homes. Here some practical tips and inspiration to help you make the most of this sliver of space.
Often the start time for an extension build is dictated by your builder’s availability. If they come highly recommended, chances are they’ll be fully booked well in advance and the best advice is to get them booked in as soon as you can. But if you are able to specify a date, is it better to wait until the summer to begin a home extension?
From an open-plan kitchen diner to a new garden room, how much value can be added to a home by building projects?
With all house extension projects, nothing is ever set in stone. But if you amend the design, do you have to submit a new planning application?
Demolishing the wall between a kitchen and dining room is a popular home improvement, but before you start swinging a sledgehammer, there are some important things to consider
Your builders are ready to go. Materials have been ordered. But you’re still waiting for planning permission to come through. What do you do?
How much does a home extension cost? It’s a common enough question but the answer can vary enormously. The solution for any home extension budget is to plan ahead and get 3-5 quotes before a single brick is laid.
Case Study - What can you do with a loft full of truss rafters? Loft Conversion Project!
A case study on how one home owner converted his loft - even though it was full of truss rafters
Case Study - A side return kitchen extension
When Antonia and her family moved into their Edwardian semi-detached home in Winchester the kitchen was dark and dated but they saw it had potential.
Case Study - How to save money on an extension or loft conversion project
It is easy to let the costs get out of control when having an extension or loft conversion. Find out how one home owner managed to keep his costs down when carrying out a large extension
Case Study - How to get on with your builder
Having a good working relationship with builders during a building project is vitally important. Find out how one home owner found the best way to work with his builders
Case Study - Kitchen Extension
When graphic designer Ian extended his four-bedroom detached house in Hampshire he turned the “small, cramped and dated” kitchen into a spacious kitchen-diner.