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A collection of resources to aid your project

Materials

The pros and cons of hardwood floors

If you’re thinking of installing hardwood floors in your new conversion or extension, there are a few elements you need to consider. Hardwood floor...

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How to pick the right materials for your conservatory

So you’re considering a conservatory, but which one is going to be right for your home? In considering this question, one of the biggest things you...

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Laminate or real wood flooring? Which is best for your house

When it comes floors, people tend to fall into two categories. Those who adore carpets, and those who can’t imagine life without a hardwood floor. ...

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Is stone flooring right for your home?

Full of character, highly durable, and with plenty of options available - is it any wonder so many homeowners dream of stone flooring? However, sto...

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Do you know the cost of glazing?

Put simply, double glazing involves two panes of glass separated by a vacuum or inert gas (What’s that, you ask? Check our handy glossary for compl...

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How to choose internal flooring for your extension

Internal flooring might feel like a finishing touch for your house extension or loft conversion, but it’s worth starting to think about it early in...

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Sustainable construction: alternative building materials

Sustainability is something we are encouraged to think about in every aspect of our lives. As the UK’s leading residential architectural practice, ...

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Myths about timber framed extensions

Unlike our Scottish counterparts, timber has never quite taken off in the rest of UK homes. Until now, that is. With more homeowners than ever tur...

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Oak framed vs brick extension - which is best?

When it comes to building your home, making sure it stands up is a big priority. But what frame you buy is a question very much in the air. Do you...

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A guide to structural glass and your extension

You might have spotted structural glass on either Grand Designs or in the pages of architectural magazines. It’s a popular material for making stun...

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Everything you need to know before buying skylights

When it comes to getting natural light into your home, who doesn’t love a good skylight? Compared to glass ceilings, they’re a cost effective way t...

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How to choose your bi-fold doors

In the last 10 years, bi-fold doors have become one of the must have features of home renovation projects. Perhaps you’ve been tempted to invest in...

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Conservation areas

Renovations and extensions in Conservation Areas: everything you need to know

Conservation Areas were introduced in 1967 to help manage and protect Britain’s most prized areas. Whether they stand out due to their architectura...

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A guide to extensions in Conservation Areas

Getting an extension is no mean feat at the best of times but when it comes to living in a Conservation Area the rules and regulations can be even ...

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What are the rules for your garden in a Conservation Area?

According to a recent survey we carried out, given £10,000 most people would choose to invest it in their gardens after kitchens. This suggests tha...

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Can you build loft conversions in Conservation Areas?

If you’ve got unused attic space, a loft conversion could be a fantastic option for creating extra space in your home, offering an opportunity for ...

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Can you have solar panels in a Conservation Area?

Renewable energy is more important than ever and, in turn, the popularity of renewable energy sources such as solar panels is soaring. That being s...

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Do you need planning permission for building in a conservation area?

Conservation areas have notoriously convoluted rules and regulations around building and development, meaning that it can be challenging to know wh...

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Am I in a Conservation Area?

Before we let you know how to find out whether you live in a Conservation Area, it seems appropriate to clarify what a Conservation Area is. Essent...

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South East

Planning support and architectural designers in Brighton, Hove and East Sussex

If you’re looking to build an extension on your Brighton and Hove property and need planning or design advice, you’ve come to the right place. In ...

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Planning support and architectural designers in Sevenoaks

Living in Sevenoaks and thinking of extending your home? Resi provides planning support and architectural designers to guide you through the whole ...

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Planning support, architects and building support in Guildford

If you’re looking to extend or renovate your home in Guildford, we have the team you need to get started. Whether it’s support with planning, creat...

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Milton Keynes planning support and extension designers

Hoping to extend your Milton Keynes home but not sure where to start? From planning rules and regulations to design knowledge and budgeting, the re...

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Planning application support and designers in Reading

The planning and building regulation process in Reading can be tricky to navigate and it can be unclear to know where to find the right architect, ...

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Architectural and planning services in Southampton

Whether you’re looking for architectural or design support, planning expertise or practical surveying insights, we’ve got each step of your home re...

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Surrey Heath planning application support and designers

© Chris Snook If you’re planning to extend or renovate your Surrey Heath home but the process feels a little daunting, we’re here to support you f...

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Planning, design and architectural support in Woking

Looking to expand your home in Woking but not sure where to start? The renovation process can be challenging and stressful, with all the planning r...

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Rear Extensions

The Ultimate Guide to Rear Extensions in the UK

It’s time for a rear extension. You’ve thought long and hard about it. You’ve saved up. And now you’re ready to build the rear extension you’ve alw...

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Do You Need Planning Permission for a Rear Extension?

Before you can get started on making your rear extension a reality, an understanding of planning permission rules is essential. Discover everything...

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Creating your ideal bungalow rear extension

Bungalows are properties that are filled with great possibilities for renovating that you can get really creative with. If you're looking to extend...

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How important is a party wall when it comes to semi-detached rear extensions?

If you live in a semi-detached house and are thinking of undergoing building work, it's worth considering what effect the work will have on neighbo...

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A beginner’s guide to flat roof rear extensions

Flat roof extensions are growing in popularity and can be a sleek, modern and practical way of adding more space to your property. If you’re consid...

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A Guide to Mid-Terrace Rear Extensions in the UK

The structure and uniform appearance of terraced houses means that they can be charming places to live in and extremely energy efficient at the bes...

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Rear Extension Ideas to Add More Space to Your Home

Sometimes it’s simply not possible to find space, and it has to be made. A shift towards staying in was triggered by the pandemic, but all those ho...

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A beginner’s guide to pitched roof rear extensions

The space available at the back of many properties is often underused or completely wasted due to its awkward location. So, if you’re thinking abou...

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A deep dive into double-storey rear extension rules and regulations

Double-storey rear extensions are a fantastic way of maximising the space in your property. But there’s a lot of building regulation jargon to cut ...

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The cost of a rear extension in the UK and how to save some pennies

Building a rear extension is an exciting yet often daunting prospect. Many homeowners don’t know where to start, who to talk to, or what to do firs...

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Can I add a rear extension under permitted development in the UK?

Before construction can begin on your rear extension, if you want to qualify for permitted development, there are several rules it’s important to u...

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Energy Efficiency

Resi’s Retrofit Hub

1. Introduction from Mark Hood, our Head of Architecture 2. What does retrofitting mean? Retrofitting, in essence, upgrades your home'...

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How to Make Your Home's Appliances Energy Efficient

In these particular times of exponential inflation and increase in prices of raw materials, we are more than ever exposed to inflated energy bills....

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How to check your home’s insulation in 2023

When the temperatures drop and a storm usually named with a pun by the media rolls in, your home can feel like a cryogenic chamber rather than a re...

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How to make home living more energy efficient

Achieving energy efficiency in the home doesn’t have to be a slog. We explore the myriad ways you can reduce your footprint and minimise your bills...

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An exploration of reliable homes – how your home can support you through major life changes

Your home should be a haven through the ups and downs of life. Successfully reliable homes should be able to offer retreat when times are tough. Wh...

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EPC Rating: Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

If you’re looking to buy, sell or rent a home, then you’ve probably already come across the term EPC, maybe without even knowing what it stands for...

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Retrofit for next winter now – yes, while it’s spring!

The sun has just about peered out from behind the clouds and it’s not freezing… all the time? Yet we’re suggesting that it’s time for you to start ...

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Home ventilation is just as important as insulation – a deep dive into the why & how.

© Matt Gamble Insulation is rarely absent from conversations about home improvement. But home ventilation is all too often overlooked and its impo...

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How to keep your house cool - keep cool ideas for home

Thanks to the typical weather in the UK (it’s a cliche for a reason!), we rarely think about how our homes respond to summer until it’s scorching o...

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Everything You Need to Know About Energy Efficiency

With energy prices at a record high and more potential rises possible in the months to come, now is a good time to start thinking about the energy ...

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How changing EPC regulations could impact you

Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord or a private tenant, it’s really important that you’re aware of recent changes to EPC requirements and how the...

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A guide to the Green Homes Grant and the projects it covers

Back in July 2020, the Government announced a new scheme to get homeowners making more energy-saving improvements. But what exactly does this Green...

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Energy Efficiency Grants in the UK and How to apply

We are all feeling the full brunt of rising energy prices at the moment. Your energy bill has soared and you are probably wondering how to reduce i...

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Garage Extension
Remortgage

How to remortgage for home improvements and extensions in the UK

Are you feeling like renovating your home this year? Possibly a new kitchen or a loft conversion? Or even just a new bathroom? Your remortgage can ...

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Can you remortgage to buy another property?

You are wondering if you can remortgage to buy another property? Of course! Are you thinking of a buy-to-let investment? Or possibly a holiday home...

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Remortgage advice: what you should know and the questions to ask when mortgaging

Remortgaging is where you switch the mortgage on your current home to another lender or to a different mortgage rate. It basically means replacing ...

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How to remortgage in the UK: a step by step process

You might know about the benefits of remortgaging, like potentially saving money on your monthly mortgage payments and releasing equity to fund hom...

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House valuation for a remortgage: what to expect in the UK

If you are thinking about remortgaging, it is always a good idea to get your house valued first. A remortgage valuation gives you an indication of ...

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How much does a remortgage cost? The fees you should be aware of

There are lots of potential benefits to remortgaging, like saving money on your mortgage payments, but how much does a remortgage cost? Remortgage ...

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Remortgaging: everything you need to know

Something people ask us a lot is: should I remortgage? And it’s a very good question to ask! Very rarely do you take out a mortgage and stick with...

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Buy-to-let remortgaging explained

If you’re currently on a traditional mortgage and you want to remortgage over to a buy-to-let mortgage, then it helps to know the ins and outs of t...

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What are the benefits of remortgaging?

Remortgaging your home involves moving your current mortgage from one lender to another, or from one product to another with the same lender. Switc...

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Garden room extension

Build your very own outdoor pizzeria

Nothing quite says summer like al fresco dining and, if you’re lucky enough to have a home with a garden, making your outdoor space shine is the ne...

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Garden room extensions: your guide to interior design

Decorating the interior of your garden room is the cherry-on-top step of creating the room of your dreams, and it is the perfect opportunity to fle...

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How to convert a garage into a garden room

One of the most cost-effective ways to add a garden room extension is to work with a pre-existing structure. A detached garage makes a perfect cand...

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A guide to building an underground basement extension beneath your garden

One of the most underutilised spaces, often overlooked by homeowners, is the space underneath your garden or driveway. And this can be a mistake be...

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Garden room extension cost: breakdown and ideas to keep it under control

A garden room is more than an extension of your home, the multitude of design options and features available can make it an extension of you and yo...

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Garden room extensions: the ultimate homeowner guide

Sometimes it can be hard to carve out some personal space in our homes. Whether this is because of noisy children bursting into your home office, o...

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Garden room extension ideas to get you thinking

You might find yourself wondering: what is a garden room? Garden rooms are a cost-effective and simple option for adding value, style, and space t...

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Are garden rooms the secret to a perfect home office?

Hybrid working is here to stay. With less emphasis on office or in-person hours in favour of time on the clock, many of us need our homes to be abl...

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House Extensions

Do you need an architect for a house extension?

Is it illegal to build an extension without an architect involved? No. However, just because architects aren’t a legal requirement, it doesn’t me...

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House extension without planning permission: what are the rules?

In case you've been wondering, yes, it's possible to build a house extension without planning permission — and it’s all thanks to permitted develop...

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House extension drawings: types of designs and house extension plans you need

While the idea of decorating your new extension might be exciting, there are a couple of vital steps you must take before arriving at that point. O...

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7 tips to keep house extension costs down

There are two simple tips that will always save you money during a building project: don’t cut corners and do your homework. Here are 7 things yo...

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5 key questions to ask your house extension architect

Figuring out how to choose an architect for your home building can be tough. However, getting the right architect is even tougher, which is why it'...

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The types of house extensions: design and ideas

If you need bigger living quarters but would rather not move out of your present home, you should consider adding an extension instead. Adding an ...

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Terraced house extension: design, cost, regulations and ideas

Although terraced houses are common in the UK, they tend to get a bad reputation, with many assuming they offer little in the way of space and styl...

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Two-storey extensions: costs and planning

If you’re someone who doesn’t like to do things by half measures, you might be considering a two-storey extension. While they seem dramatic, there...

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House extensions: everything a homeowner needs to know

Why move when you can improve? With a home extension, you can get the space you need, while also being able to stay in the area you love. What’s mo...

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House front extensions: costs, planning and tips

If you need more living quarters and have some extra space at the front of your house, why not consider installing a house front extension? House ...

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House extension cost: how to budget for your project

Those looking to improve where they live have many options, but none have proven to be as popular as extending. With the increased desire for spaci...

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The ultimate guide to garage conversions

Is your garage going to waste? Perhaps over the years, it’s become less a place to park your car, more a place to park all that junk you don’t wa...

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Converting your garage into a home gym

Are you a gym bunny, or someone looking for a serious kick in the fitness bum? If so, you might be considering installing your very own home gym. ...

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What are the rules on house extensions?

We won’t lie to you, there are quite a few rules when it comes to building an extension, but this doesn’t have to put you off. Like any game, once ...

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Semi-detached house extensions: design, cost, regulations, and ideas

Semi-detached house extensions allow you to add that much-needed space to your home. However, they can be pretty tricky due to the adjoining wall y...

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House extension guide: how to extend your home

When it comes to making space at home, you can’t beat an extension. The space they create is regularly used for additional bedrooms, ensuite bathro...

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House extensions: 15 things everyone needs to know

Before you embark on extending your home, there are a few things every homeowner should sit down and consider. After all, even modest additions are...

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Barn conversions guide: planning permission and costs

Is there any project more quiescently British than a barn conversion? With their high ceilings, rustic beams, and general country-ness, who wouldn’...

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House side extensions: design ideas, planning, and costs

Homeowners with extra space at the side of their homes looking to expand their living quarters will benefit from installing house side extensions. ...

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What kind of survey do I need for my house extension?

Surveys don’t get talked about nearly enough. As one of the first steps on your renovation journey, they provide the foundation for all the work th...

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Do conservatories add value to your house?

The conservatory - it’s a British classic. Despite being a rain drenched, cloudy isle, our eternal optimism for sunshine has made conservatories on...

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Garden Rooms: the essential guide to creating your own

A garden room is a great way to get more usable space at home. Whether you need a home office, a place for the kids to hang out or a base for your ...

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A guide to extending your maisonette

Just because you live in a maisonette, doesn’t mean you don’t have options. In fact, extending this house type has never been more popular. With ...

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What's the best way of financing a house extension?

When it comes to financing your project, whether it’s an extension, conversion, or renovation, it can be difficult to know which route will be best...

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How much does it cost to build a granny flat

Homes are changing and one big change is the rise of multi-generational homes. Either through adult children living at home, or older relatives nee...

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Everything you need to know about basement conversions

So you’re considering a basement conversion, but not 100% sure whether your home is suitable, or if the end results are going to be right for your ...

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How to get freeholder consent for a house extension

If you own the freehold of your building, you have the right to carry out any building work that you like on your property (as long as it adheres t...

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What’s the difference between a first and second fix?

If you’re planning any kind of house extension or loft conversion, you’ve probably heard someone using the terms "first fix" and "second fix", but ...

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How to get the drainage right for your house extension

Drains aren’t the most glamorous side of extending your home, yet that doesn’t make them any less important. From the logistics of a larger roof co...

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How long does a house extension take?

Full disclosure: there’s no guaranteed timeline for any residential extension project. Depending on the size and scope of your extension, the lengt...

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How to build a glass extension on a listed building

Whether you’ve bought, inherited, or are considering a listed building, many assume these protected buildings can’t enjoy modern extensions other h...

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Could you build your own roof terrace?

After the events of 2020, there’s one thing everyone wants - gardens! In fact, the more green space, the better. And there’s a good reason for this...

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The benefits (and pitfalls) of undertaking a house extension with a neighbour

Neighbours can get a bad reputation in the home extension game. You hear classic horror stories about the nightmare family next door, of vicious pa...

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Can I add an extension to a listed building?

Living in a listed building is a great privilege, but it can be limiting if you decide you’d like to add more space through a house extension or lo...

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Big interior design mistakes to avoid when planning a house extension

Deciding to extend your home is never a decision to be taken lightly. The process can be stressful thanks to the immense number of decisions involv...

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Loft conversion vs extension

Both loft conversions and extensions can create an extra room in your home. However, there are differences between these two constructions and unde...

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Has the social kitchen made the living room redundant?

© Matt Gamble The way that we live in our homes has transformed over time – even in the past few years, many of us have adapted to new patterns of...

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Your guide to building a Happy Home through life changes

Life changing is one of the great inevitabilities but your home, if you’re lucky, will remain a constant feature. A constant, yet shape-shifting fe...

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The process to building an extension

© Matt Gamble Building an extension isn’t a walk in the park but the rewards that come with renovating your home can be transformative. Knowing wh...

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Everything you need to know about granny annexes

Granny annexes have boomed in popularity in recent years. But where do their origins lie and why have they taken off? We dive into the history of t...

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How to build your ideal gym at home

All too often with our increasingly hectic lives, it can feel almost impossible to find time to hit the gym, unless you’re prepared to wake up at a...

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Extension ideas for growing your family home

Growing your family home doesn’t carry all the same connotations it once did. The pitter-patter of tiny feet still calls for adaptations to be made...

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How close can you build your extension to your neighbours' boundary?

© Matt Gamble When it comes to building a house extension, it’s vital to establish whether you share a Party Wall with your neighbours. Depending ...

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How much does an extra bathroom add to the value of a house?

Typically, bathrooms have the potential to add between 4-5% onto your home’s value. But this can go up or down, depending on how you execute your d...

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10 things you need to know about glass roofs

If there’s one thing that can truly give your home the WOW factor, it’s a glass roof. Not only are they visually stunning, but they can also transf...

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A guide to flat-pack extensions

With the price of stamp duty hammering homeowners, not enough homes on the market, and unstable house prices, more and more people are choosing imp...

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What's the best order to build your house extension: top down or ground up?

Question: We’ve recently purchased a semi-detached terrace house. We know that we’d like to add both a loft conversion and a ground floor extensio...

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How to build an energy efficient house extension

Once the domain of hippies and guys named Dreadlock Dan, becoming energy efficient is now mainstream - especially for homeowners. Not only does it ...

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How much money can DIY save you on your house extension?

If you’re looking to save money on extended your home, look no further - DIY is the answer! By taking on a few of the basic handy jobs, you could ...

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5 things you need to know about house extension and timings

We’ve worked with a lot of homeowners - over 2000, in fact - and if there’s one thing that shocks people the most about remodelling it’s the time i...

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5 more questions to ask your architect

Not too long ago, we shared with you the top five questions you should be asking your architect. Now we’re back, giving you more important question...

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5 pitfalls to avoid when extending your house

Extending your home is a big project. Second to actually buying your home, it’s going to be one of the biggest financial commitments you’re likely ...

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Single storey extensions

5 single storey extension ideas for your home (on a budget)

When it comes to expanding your home, a single storey extension is one of the most popular ways of achieving this. Most commonly, they’re used to e...

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Single storey rear extension: the ultimate guide for UK homeowners

Adding a single storey rear extension presents a great alternative to moving house while adding value and personal style to your home. They’re per...

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Single storey side extensions: everything you need to know

If you’re thinking of increasing the living space in your home and you’ve some extra land on the side, it’s worth considering a single storey side ...

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Single storey bungalow extensions: a UK homeowner guide

A single storey bungalow extension offers a lot of potentials to fit different lifestyles. With a bungalow, you can increase floor space or room si...

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Pitched roof single storey extension: is it right for your home?

A single storey extension is an excellent way to bring to life your desire for more home space without moving house. As much as you would love to ...

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Single storey extensions: the ultimate guide for homeowners

They’re versatile, come in a range of shapes and sizes, can be tailored to varying budgets, and they can help transform the layout of your home. Ye...

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Flat roof single storey extension: everything you need to know

As time flies, your family’s needs change, and you might find that you need more space in your home. Instead of moving to satisfy that need, you sh...

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Do you need planning permission for a single storey extension?

When embarking on any building project, the question of planning permission is bound to come up at some point. While the entire concept of planning...

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What is the ideal depth of foundations for my single storey extension? 

Although unseen by the naked eye, foundations are one of the most vital components of any building. They are the base carrying the weight of the st...

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Single storey extension costs: what you need to know

It helps to have a comprehensive idea of how much extensions cost before embarking on any extension project - and single storey ones are no differe...

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Single storey extension ideas under £30,000

When it comes to extending your home, you don’t have to break the bank to get amazing results. While some single-storey extensions can cost upwards...

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Kitchen Extensions

Kitchen renovations to get you hungry for more!

Is the kitchen the heart of your home? A communal hub of romantic dinners, Sunday lunches, and feasts with friends? If so, make this the year you g...

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How much does a kitchen extension cost?

Often referred to as the heart of the home, it’s no wonder kitchen extensions are one of our most commonly received requests. Not only do they open...

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10 pitfalls to avoid when designing a new kitchen

If you’re looking for a way to breathe new life into your home, nothing is more invigorating than a brand new kitchen. When your kitchen is at it’...

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Kitchen garden room extensions: how to create your own

Typically built with a solid roof, garden rooms differ in style from an orangery or conservatory kitchen extension. However, they still possess the...

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Pitched roof kitchen extensions

If you need a bigger kitchen to entertain more guests or are just a lover of large spaces and, in particular, large kitchens, then pitched roof kit...

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7 things to consider when building a kitchen conservatory extension

Building a conservatory is a popular way to expand your kitchen while flooding it with natural light. The ample natural light and ability to seamle...

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How to build an orangery kitchen extension: rules, planning and design

Orangery kitchen extensions are a fantastic way to increase your living space while incorporating floods of natural light into your home, and make ...

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Flat roof kitchen extensions

When planning your kitchen extension, it’s essential you consider the roof type that best suits your budget and aesthetic goals. Flat roof kitchen ...

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Designing the home cook's dream kitchen

Flick through the television schedule and it’s impossible to ignore the fact we’re a nation of foodies. Whether you like to keep things traditional...

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Choosing the right kitchen countertops

When it comes to choosing the right kitchen countertops, it can be difficult to sort through all the options on offer. Kitchen countertops can var...

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Tips on designing a family-friendly kitchen

We’re often told the heart of the home is the kitchen, but for many families, this doesn’t always turn out to be true. Kitchens can either be a sou...

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6 country style kitchen ideas for UK homeowners

Old country kitchens were once the driving force of day-to-day working lives. Hungry and industrious land workers would stop to socialise and refue...

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Kitchen extensions: the ultimate guide for UK homeowners

One of the most popular residential projects in the UK is the kitchen extension - and it’s easy to see why! Whether it’s opening up space for a kit...

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5 design tips for creating a modern wooden kitchen

What comes to mind when you think ‘modern kitchen’? No doubt you’re picturing sleek countertops and shiny metallic appliances. However, modern does...

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How to build the perfect skylight kitchen extension

Thinking of adding a skylight kitchen extension to your home? Great idea! Installing a rooflight extension allows you to expand your kitchen so tha...

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Kitchen diner extension ideas: what to consider

© Matt Gamble The kitchen diner extension is one of the most popular renovation paths for UK homeowners. We explore what makes it such an appealin...

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A window into open plan kitchen extensions

© Matt Gamble Open plan kitchen extensions are some of the most popular types of renovation in the present day. We take a look into what exactly t...

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Glass kitchen extension ideas

© Veronica Rodriguez Glass kitchen extensions are a sleek, natural-light-inviting renovation option that can totally transform your space. We look...

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Small kitchen extension ideas for 2023

Are you looking for small kitchen extension ideas for 2023? Then you’ve come to the right place. Make no mistake, you can get a lot of value out o...

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10 kitchen diner design ideas and inspirations

Let’s start with a quick history lesson. Following the end of WWII, the kitchen underwent a major renovation. Before it was a space to be hidden a...

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5 industrial kitchen design ideas to give your home a modern look

When it comes to kitchen trends, no style is having more of a moment than the industrial model. Whether you want sleek modern finishes, or rustic t...

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Advantages and disadvantages of bifold doors on your kitchen extension

If you’re looking to extend your kitchen, there are a number of design decisions to make to achieve your desired space, and one of those all-import...

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The best flooring options for your kitchen: a guide for UK homeowners

Whether you’re looking to fully refurbish your kitchen, or just to give your floor a makeover, what material you choose can have a big impact on th...

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5 kitchen renovation ideas to make your home look (even) better

If you’re looking for kitchen renovation ideas, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve created plans for hundreds of kitchens over the last few yea...

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Finance

Introducing our new partnership with the Mortgage Advice Bureau

When you have good news that you want to share, it can be hard to keep it to yourself. That’s why it’s been so tough these last few months for our ...

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What is a 95% mortgage?

They disappeared during the pandemic but they're now back on the market - it’s the 95% mortgage. Whether you’re looking for a way of purchasing you...

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Stamp Duty Holiday: what does the extension mean?

The Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday has been extended to 30th June 2021. This is an extension from the previous deadline of 31st March 2021. From 30th ...

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What is shared ownership?

Are you thinking about owning your own home, but only have a small deposit? Then shared ownership could be the answer... What is shared ownership?...

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What are Help to Buy Equity Loans?

Launched by the government in 2013, Help to Buy Equity Loans are aimed at helping those who are struggling to get on the property ladder. There ar...

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What is mortgage payment protection insurance?

The last year has been difficult for all of us but has also showed us how important it is to be protected, just in case. One way to feel more prote...

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Mortgage bankers vs mortgage brokers: why use a mortgage broker?

Most people assume that getting a mortgage means heading straight to your bank or building society, but unfortunately this can mean missing out on ...

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Can I remortgage my house to buy another property?

Does the prospect of owning a second house appeal to you? Daydreams of holiday homes, or perhaps a nice buy-to-let investment? Well, now could be t...

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Buying a house with cash

You can buy a house with cash, providing you have the funds upfront to hand over to the seller. But like anything, it comes with its own advantages...

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First-time buyer stamp duty rules

The below article was written to reflect the Stamp Duty policy from 1st July 2021. As a first-time buyer, there are plenty of costs you need to gr...

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Do you need life insurance to get a mortgage?

You’ve had your offer accepted on the house you want to buy, and you’ve just had confirmation of your mortgage approval (great news!), so now all t...

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Busting the myth of the big deposit

There is a bit of a secret when it comes to getting on the property ladder that many people don’t know about. And it’s all to do with what many see...

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Top 5 ways to avoid landlord fines

As national lettings legislation has tightened up and local authorities have been given greater powers to regulate the private rented sector in the...

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What is financial protection?

“Protection” refers to types of life and protection insurance which are put in place to help “protect” you, your income, your home or your family f...

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A guide to homebuyer surveys

Often, major structural issues aren’t easy to spot unless you’re a trained professional, so having a survey carried out on a property you’re buying...

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Buying, selling and moving house during lockdown

In lockdown, our homes have become more important than ever, often feeling like our whole world. But what happens when your home isn’t up to scratc...

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What is let-to-buy?

Do you want to buy a new home without selling your current home first? Then let-to-buy might be the answer for you. Here’s everything you need to k...

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Buying a house with cash: pros and cons

When buying a house, there are two different ways you can go about paying for it. You can either take out a mortgage where you pay a deposit and th...

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A guide to home improvement grants in 2021

Wouldn’t it be great if someone stepped in to cover the cost of those most vital home improvements? Whether this is making your home more energy-ef...

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When not to remortgage

Knowing when the right time to remortgage can sometimes be tricky. You might have heard your friends talking about how they remortgaged the house a...

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Buying a new build? Here’s everything you need to know

Are you considering buying a new build home? Then you’ll want to do your research: from finding out about the schemes that could help you buy a new...

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How does maternity leave affect remortgaging?

Remortgaging whilst on maternity leave can cause confusion and worry if you’re not sure how to approach this, so we’re going to run through why thi...

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What is a gifted deposit?

It’s been reported that a huge 80% of first time buyers get financial help from their parents when it comes to buying their first house. This is of...

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Should you invest in a buy-to-let property?

When looking for a smart investment, many turn to the buy-to-let market. However, just because this can be lucrative for some, doesn’t mean you sho...

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Is buy-to-let still a good investment in 2022?

Whilst today’s low-interest rates might not be good news for any savers out there, on the flip side, this is great news for those looking to invest...

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What is buildings and contents insurance?

If you own your own home, whether it’s a two-bedroom flat or a four-bed detached property, you’ll need to have buildings insurance in place to ensu...

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When is the best time to pay off a Help to Buy loan?

Help to Buy loans are a great way for people to get on to the property ladder who would otherwise struggle to afford a house. While many people ha...

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7 things to know when buying your first home

When it comes to the house-buying process, we think every first time buyer would agree that it’s one big learning curve, from beginning to end. Th...

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What is income protection insurance?

The question to ask yourself is, could you cope? If you lost your wage, would you still be able to pay the mortgage repayments, the household bills...

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When is the best time to pay off a Help to Buy loan?

Help to Buy loans are a great way for people to get on to the property ladder who would otherwise struggle to afford a house deposit, but it can be...

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Can a student get a mortgage?

Are you feeling bogged down by paying a landlord for the bare minimum? Why not consider becoming your own landlord by taking out a student mortgage...

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A guide to mortgages and moving house

Moving to pastures new is an exciting prospect, but how should you get the ball rolling? Whether you’re a growing family or retiring to the country...

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How to save money to buy a house

The upside to saving is not only will you have a sizeable deposit when you come to buying your house, but you will also be able to demonstrate to l...

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How to become mortgage-free

To live the rest of your life without having to worry about mortgage repayments – it’s the dream every homeowner works towards. So, how does someo...

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How much does it cost to build a conservatory

They’re one of the most popular additions for British homes but how much will a conservatory set you back? On average, a conservatory can cost any...

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A guide to working out the total cost of your project

How much is your project going to cost? It’s likely going to be the big question hanging in the air and one a lot of homeowners struggle to answer....

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5 reasons why homeowners experience budget disaster

If you’ve ever watched a show about home extension/renovation, you’ll no doubt of seen an episode where the family experience a budget meltdown. Co...

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The difference having a specialist lender can make

Let’s talk finance. When it comes to making significant changes to your home, either through an extension or renovation, it’s likely you’re going...

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How to get a mortgage on your own

If you’re buying a home on one salary, either as a one-income family or as a single applicant, you might be thinking that your options are limited,...

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What is a green mortgage?

You’ve heard of fixed rate mortgages, tracker mortgages, and discount mortgages. But what is a green mortgage? In this article, we explain everythi...

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Taking care of your money and your mental health

According to a recent survey of 10,000 employees by Salaryfinance.com, 40% of UK employees have money worries. This results in them being over eigh...

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Different types of mortgages explained

If choosing the right mortgage type is making your head hurt, then don’t worry, you’re not the only one. With so many different types of mortgages...

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How you can use the equity in your home to fund your project

When it comes to extending or renovating your home, many believe the only way to achieve their project is through the long slog of saving. However,...

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Our top home finance tips to consider before summer

The days are getting longer again and summer is finally on the way! Before the summer festivities begin, it might be a good idea to get your financ...

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Getting a mortgage with a low credit score

Banks and building societies are careful who they lend money to (understandably!) and so you should be prepared to have your financial history care...

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5 finance rules to follow when buying a home to renovate

When buying a new home, it’s common for renovations to be at the back of your mind. Perhaps you’re looking for a challenge and want to transform a ...

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Juggling the costs of a house renovation

© Chris Snook The cost of a house renovation or extension is one of the most intimidating factors when it comes to undergoing a project. In fact, ...

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What type of finance do you need for home improvements?

When it comes to those big home improvements, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to financing the project. Often, as a resu...

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The best time for sorting out your finance when remodelling

It goes without saying that transforming your home becomes a lot harder when you don’t have the proper finance in place. That being said, few peop...

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New builds

How to finance building your own home

Many of us dream of building our own home but often this can feel like a distant fantasy. However, you don’t need to be a millionaire to get your h...

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A guide to buying land in the UK

There are few things as rewarding as building your own home from scratch - or more daunting. One of the first challenges to your journey will be f...

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Can you build a house in London?

Short answer: yes! Even though London has a reputation for being tight on space, there’s no reason why you can’t still build the home of your drea...

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Meet the teams: New Builds

At Resi, we have a wide variety of specialist teams here to guide you through each stage of your architectural project that includes… Measured su...

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How much does it cost to build a house?

While they’re by no means a small undertaking, building a home from scratch can be one of the most rewarding things you do. You’ll have complete co...

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5 pitfalls to avoid when building your own home

Building a house is a great way to ensure you get everything you want and need from your home. However, as any Grand Designs fan will know, house b...

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Top 10 things to consider when building your own home

When it comes to building your own home, it pays to do your homework. No doubt, this is why you’re here. If you’re looking for some practical tips ...

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Money saving tips for building a house

If you’re braving the exciting world of house building, the prospect of the money involved might feel a little daunting. After all, it seems like e...

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Loft Conversions

How to do a loft conversion

A loft conversion is a great way to add space and value to your home. Whether you’re angling for an ensuite master bedroom, a kid’s playroom, a sty...

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How much does a loft conversion cost in the UK: breakdown and tips

No matter what project you undertake, working out the costs involved are always going to be high on the agenda - and loft conversions are no except...

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Do you need planning permission for a loft conversion?

One of the first questions you may have when considering a loft conversion for your home is whether you need planning permission. The answer is not...

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5 things to know before doing a hip to gable loft conversion

For those residing in a hip-roofed house, you might find yourself lacking the necessary head height to get the loft room of your dreams. In this sc...

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Is my house suitable for a loft conversion?

Working from the top down, loft conversions are one of the UK’s favourite ways to add new space. Could your home be the next one to join the trend?...

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What are the building regulations for loft conversions in the UK?

No matter what loft conversion you undertake or what kind of space you want to create, there is one unavoidable step for every homeowner - building...

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Types of loft conversions

There are four main types of loft conversion found in UK homes. A loft conversion can be used as a guest bedroom, study or playroom, adding both fl...

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How much does it cost to convert a loft?

Loft conversions are a great way to add space and value to your home, but at what cost? This price will depend on the structure of your roof, the a...

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How to nail your loft conversion in a terraced house

Living in a terraced house can get a little cramp, which is why so many people turn to their lofts as a source of new space. But what does converti...

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Loft Conversions in Twickenham

Space is at a premium in most London homes, and Twickenham is no different. But if you have an attic or unused roof space in your home, a straightf...

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Loft conversion in East London: our guide

Don't know what to do with your empty attic in East London? Turn this unused space into your dream room! You will be able to increase the value of ...

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Ultimate guide to loft conversions in London

Do you have an unused attic in your London home? Do you need more space in your house? And how would it sound to increase the value of your propert...

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Our guide to loft conversion in North London

Do you have a loft space that exists purely to store your Christmas decorations or an old hamster cage? Often the space at the top of the house is ...

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5 loft conversion ideas for your home

Who doesn’t love a loft conversion? Not only do they add bags of value-boosting space, but they also do so without you needing to sacrifice any val...

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How not to mess up your loft conversion stairs

When it comes to converting your loft, you’ve no doubt got a lot of exciting things on your shopping list. The windows! A balcony! Maybe even an en...

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9 ideas for converting your loft into a bathroom

Getting your loft bathroom right can feel like a challenge. These rooms are often smaller than others in the house, as well as sometimes suffer awk...

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Everything you need to know about dormer loft conversions

It’s no secret that UK homes are facing a space shortage, especially in the high demand city areas. But with not enough new homes being built, and ...

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A guide to insulating your loft

It’s easy to forget about your loft, especially if it’s inaccessible or only used as a place to shove the Christmas decorations. However, with ener...

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Do loft conversions add value to your house?

You're ready to make the commitment into expanding your home, and have a lot of space to play with, but which project is right for your home? Like ...

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A guide to loft conversions and planning

Whether you plan on converting your loft into a bedroom, study, or new bathroom, you’ll need to consider which area of planning your project falls ...

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The complete loft conversion guide for UK homeowners

There are plenty of good reasons why loft conversions are one of Britain’s most loved home extension projects. By getting previously dead space wo...

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Loft Conversions in South East and South West London

If you live in South East or South West London and have an attic, you could benefit from a loft conversion to expand the space in your home and pot...

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The Science of a Happy Home

How to create a home that cares for your wellbeing

At Resi, we aim to be the pioneers of wellbeing-focused home design. That’s why, in 2020, we commissioned The Science of a Happy Home report. This ...

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What Makes a Happy Home? Our 2023 report reveals all

At Resi, we pride ourselves on being curious about our customers, homeowners and the UK public in general. We believe that if we understand people’...

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Happy Homes: making your home 'sociable'

As part of our Happy Homes Survey, we’re taking the results our pioneering research uncovered and showing you how to apply it to your own household...

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Happy Homes: making your home 'relaxed'

As part of our Happy Homes Survey, we’re taking the results our pioneering research uncovered and showing you how to apply it to your own household...

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Happy Homes: making your home 'Reflective'

As part of our Happy Homes Survey, we’re taking the results our pioneering research uncovered and showing you how to apply it to your own household...

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Happy Homes: making your home feel 'nourishing'

As part of our Happy Homes Survey, we’re taking the results our pioneering research uncovered and showing you how to apply it to your own household...

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Happy Homes: making your home feel 'secure'

As part of our Happy Homes Survey, we’re taking the results our pioneering research uncovered and showing you how to apply it to your own household...

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Happy Homes: making your home 'adaptable'

As part of our Happy Homes Survey, we’re taking the results our pioneering research uncovered and showing you how to apply it to your own household...

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Exploring the psychology behind tidy house, tidy mind

© Matt Gamble We’ve all heard an iteration of the expression before. If you’ve worked in an office long enough, the likelihood is you’ve received ...

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Planning Permission

What happens after you've obtained planning permission?

Getting planning permission or a lawful development certificate can take between 8-10 weeks, so it’s good to apply early. However, once you know th...

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Do I need an architect for planning permission?

Planning permission, if you’ve never taken on a home project before, it’s likely you’ve heard the horror stories. Tales about unruly planning offic...

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Why your local authority matters when extending

If you’ve decided to take the plunge into extending your home, there’s someone (or some people) you’re going to have to become very acquainted with...

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Do I need planning permission for my flat or maisonette?

Flats and maisonettes do not fall within your permitted development rights, meaning you will have to seek planning permission for changes you want ...

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Do you need planning permission for an extension?

If you are looking to extend your home, you’ve no doubt been thinking about planning permission. Namely whether or not you will need it, the rules ...

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10 home improvements you can do without planning permission

Planning permission got you putting off that big project? Perhaps you’ve seen one too many planning nightmares in Grand Designs and have decided to...

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How long does planning permission last?

Whether it’s because the timing isn’t right or due to external factors if you’ve obtained planning permission, you might not be ready to jump into ...

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Explained: full planning, lawful development, and prior approval

Whether you’re extending or converting, there’s one word that hangs heavy over any residential project: planning. If you’ve never navigated UK pla...

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How much does it cost to get planning permission for an extension

If you’re about to apply for planning permission to get started on your extension or renovation project, or are wondering how fees have changed ove...

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Do I need planning permission?

Extending your home is an exciting and potentially value-adding project, but it can also be full of practical and administrative hurdles. One of th...

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Do I need planning permission for an orangery?

If you’re looking to get a little more sun into your home, an orangery might be the perfect choice. However, like many construction projects, you m...

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What are permitted development rights?

Permitted development rights are a type of general planning permission granted by Parliament. If your plans fall within certain restrictions, this ...

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Top 10 reasons planning permission is refused

Applying for planning permission is one of the less exciting tasks involved in a home improvement project. However, homeowners need to dot the i’s ...

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Amending planning permission: Changes you CAN and CAN'T make after approval

Before your home improvement hopes and dreams become a reality, you need to secure the green light, thumbs up, and go ahead at various stages. Whet...

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What is a pre-application and do you need it for planning?

When it comes to those big projects, you want to leave nothing to chance, especially when it comes to planning. This is where a pre-application (or...

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Why planning applications are facing significant delays

At Resi, we submit hundreds of planning applications each month to councils across the country. Recently, our planning team have noticed some worry...

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How much value does planning approval add to your house?

When it comes to selling your home, everyone is after two things: a good price, and a quick turnaround. While there are many tips for getting the ...

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A guide to the 'Larger Home Extension Scheme' in 2022

Back in the days before 2020, there was a planning route known as the ‘Larger Home Extension Scheme’, which allowed homeowners to build single-stor...

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Converting commercial buildings to residential

You see them in films, perhaps in home magazines or as part of grand TV projects - the converted building. Once a church, now a home for four. Once...

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Do you need planning permission to convert your home into flats?

Whether you’re looking to downsize your existing property or you have your eye on a ‘fixer-upper’, it’s important to know what planning requirement...

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Do I need planning permission for a garage conversion?

Whether you’re going for a new study, gym, bedroom, or playroom, you’re probably wondering whether or not your garage conversion needs planning per...

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Planning application facing rejection? Here's why you SHOULDN'T withdraw

Awaiting a planning decision can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially when you get the call saying your application will likely face rejectio...

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How to build an annex without planning permission

Very few people get excited about planning, and if you did most of your friends would become very concerned. But here at Resi, we do have some plan...

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Can my architect help me if my planning permission is refused?

While having your planning application refused may feel like the end of the world at the time, hang tight! It’s not the end of your home improvemen...

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Explained: change of use and use classes

When facing the nitty gritty world of planning legislation, many homeowners can find themselves becoming lost in the jargon. No more so than with U...

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A guide to lawful development certificates

A lawful development certificate isn’t a legal requirement, but they are incredibly worthwhile to obtain. The certificate essentially proves to bo...

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Our guide to serving a party wall notice

Whether you’re building an extension or converting your loft, if you’re undergoing a substantial renovation and have neighbours, then you might be ...

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A guide to home improvement in conservation areas

Conservation areas were introduced to help manage and protect Britain’s most prized areas. Whether they stand out due to their historic significanc...

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Everything you need to know about your local authority

When it comes to extending, you’ve probably run your project past everyone you can think of. Your partner, your parents, your kids, friends, co-wor...

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How to improve your chances of a successful planning application

Securing planning permission can be one of the most nail-biting moments of your project. Will you get approval? Will those french-doors you’ve been...

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Do I need planning permission for a rear extension in the UK?

Before we tell you what you do need planning permission for when it comes to your rear extension in the UK, you might want to read our article, ‘Ca...

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Design and Inspiration

5 things to know about adding a mezzanine

First things first, what is a mezzanine? The easiest way of thinking about a mezzanine is to see them as a floating extra floor. Not big enough t...

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How to create a garden that's wildlife-friendly all year round

Think a garden is nothing more than a place to lounge in during summer? Think again! UK gardens have the potential to be wildlife saviours, yet so...

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How to create a garden on either a balcony or roof

Not everyone is blessed with green space, especially those living in flats or maisonettes. However, just because you’re lacking a traditional lawn,...

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Creating a home that's ready for playtime

The home plays an important role in every child’s development. It’s where they take their first steps, say their first words, and learn the joys of...

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10 tips for creating your own home office

Whether you’re working remotely out of choice or due to government intervention, getting your home office in order is a must to ensure you keep pro...

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How to create study hubs that make homework irresistible

Whether you and your kids love homework or loathe it, having a dedicated study hub can make all the difference when it comes to home education (som...

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Designing the ultimate personal haven for Mother's Day

Here are Resi, we’re always challenging ourselves to look at things differently. So on Mother’s Day we asked ourselves: what could architects do to...

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10 garage conversion ideas

If your garage is going spare, acting like a glorified storage unit, then it could be time to get this space working harder. Garage conversions are...

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House extension ideas: before and after photos

Are you in the mood for some home inspiration? If the answer is yes, then brace yourself for some before and after delights. While we all love to ...

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15 more projects to inspire your home extension

If you have looked through our pick of 15 inspirational projects but still want more, you're in the right place. We've got another 15 projects to i...

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Out with the old – in with the new – a dive into the world of furniture upcycling

In keeping with the arrival of spring, we’re exploring new beginnings in the things that feel most familiar to us. As the weather warms and the sun...

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Maximising space for a growing family

One of the most common reasons homeowners take on a new project is to prepare for a growing family. Whether this is by increasing their living spac...

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How to maximise the space in your home

When it comes to your home, no doubt you (and future buyers) want to have as much space as possible. However, in the last decade, homes have been g...

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How to create an eco-friendly home

With the climate emergency looming over us, and many people out on the streets calling for change, you might be wondering how you can do your part ...

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Bi-fold door inspiration for your home

Bi-fold doors have been skyrocketing in popularity these last few years, with many of our own customers seeking out these folding wonders, and it’s...

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How to keep your bathroom clutter-free

As you scroll through Pinterest, staring in envy at beautiful, spa-like bathrooms, you might find yourself wondering: why can’t my bathroom look li...

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Infographic: 5 Ways To Let Light In

Don't let your home get left in the dark. Our experts have put together these tricks and tips for letting more light into your rooms. Whether you'r...

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10 ways to reduce the cleaning in your home

Housework, does anyone really enjoy it? Sure, there are those rumoured tidy freaks, those who can’t wait to strap on a pair of yellow gloves, but t...

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Home improvement ideas that add value to your home

With the prices of UK homes ever increasing, it’s never been more important to get in on the action. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best ways...

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How to create a home gym or workout space

Whether keeping fit with Joe Wicks or moving to Mr Motivator, more and more of our exercise routines are taking place inside the home. But most liv...

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Living roofs: 5 things you need to know

Living roofs are going to be big in the next few years. How do we know? Every year we provide over 10,000 consultations to UK homeowners, and more ...

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How to add a wet room to your home

Forget the wet rooms you might have known as a kid, nowadays they’re taking over modern bathroom design, providing a space-saving and stylish featu...

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5 ways to make your home more eco-friendly on a budget

Want to make your home more eco-friendly? Good news, there are now plenty of options out there to help make your home a little greener. What’s more...

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Which home improvements add value to your house?

Before you invest in improving your home wouldn’t it be nice to know that the money you spend will be worth it, not just in terms of the enjoyment ...

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How to avoid your dormer becoming an eyesore

When it comes to adding both new space and value to your home, no project does it better than the loft conversion. However, finding the headroom an...

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How to save and create space with your walls

When we are looking to create space at home, we might try shifting furniture around or stuffing things in the loft, but a great space-saving strate...

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How to create a pet friendly home

Just like people, pets need the right conditions to be happy at home. But unlike us, our furry friends have little power or control over their envi...

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Kids' bedroom decor: how to decorate your child’s bedroom

If you have a little one, then you know that their room is a special place. It's where they can go to escape and just be a kid. The only problem is...

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How to style a modern bookcase for a cosy reading nook

If unwinding with a good book is your thing, you’ve probably long dreamt of having your very own cosy reading nook. It can be so much more than jus...

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Choosing the Perfect Bathroom Heaters for Your Home

Are you in the market for new bathroom heaters? With so many options available, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. We’ve exp...

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6 Clever Ways to Maximise your Home Storage

Maximising your home storage can help you declutter your space and make your home feel more organised and functional. Here are six home storage sol...

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How to select tiles for your living room

If you're tired of your old floors and want to give your living room a facelift, then it could be time to consider using tiles. Tiling is one of th...

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How to find your perfect kitchen lights

In order to make your dream kitchen come to life, there are a number of important factors to consider but one consistent element in kitchen design ...

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Declutter in 2023: Clever Storage Solutions for Your Kitchen

The kitchen is at the heart of most of our homes. And it’s a space that has to work very hard. Each member of the household goes through that space...

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How to correctly choose your kitchen lighting

Modern kitchen lighting often seems to default to spotlights only. So, unless it’s in your grandparent's house - where it’s probably one overhead l...

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Black accessories for an aesthetic but bright bathroom

Black accessories can be a great way to add a touch of sophistication and modernity to your bathroom. Not only do they look stylish and aesthetical...

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Is it time to extinguish fireplaces in the home? Is cosy living really worth the cost?

Depending on who you ask, wood and gas fireplaces and wood-burning stoves are either the pinnacle of what it means to be cosy or a smoky hassle tha...

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Tips for setting up a bedroom desk

Working from home has become the norm for many of us, and setting up a desk in your bedroom can help you create a comfortable and productive worksp...

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Which bedroom rugs should you choose for your home?

Decorating a bedroom is an exciting task, and choosing the right rug can be the key to making it look perfect. When selecting rugs for your bedroom...

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Creating multi-functional spaces for outdoorsy folk

What we love to do and where we live are some of the most personal things about us. We believe that creating a home that nurtures your passions and...

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They’ve flown the nest: a guide to reclaiming your space

With an increasingly challenging housing ladder to climb, kids are staying home for longer than ever these days – sometimes well into adulthood. So...

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What are the top interior design trends of 2022?

It feels like 2022 will continue to be a home-focused year for millions nationwide. Throughout 2020, our homes became our offices, our classrooms, ...

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Can you add value to your home without increasing square footage?

Increasing the square footage of your property is a fairly guaranteed way of adding value to it. However, we refer you here to the age old adage: q...

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Making your forever home: the most important factors to consider.

One thing we do a little bit differently at Resi is ask our clients directly how they feel about their project at various stages throughout their r...

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Are we over WFH and was the home office just a phase?

Recent years have blended many of our working and home lives – or transformed them to some degree. We’ve all seen and heard reports about office li...

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Cost-saving alternatives to your favourite design trends

© Topology Project Some design trends are fleeting while others stand the test of time. But a commonality among them is that the more popular the ...

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How we all got obsessed with light - exploring natural light in design

Natural light in interior design The benefits of natural light are plentiful and significant. It can provide us with Vitamin D that’s vital for bo...

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Is it time to detox from trend-led interior design?

Interior design trends change constantly and keeping up with what’s “in” can be disorientating to say the least. In this article, we explore whethe...

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Design your home the way you’d like to live

Envisage the moment you turn your keys in the lock and step into your home. In an ideal world, it would be a moment of pleasant anticipation, relie...

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Top 10 Instagram accounts to follow for interior design inspiration - Part 1

If you are anything like us then there’s nothing better than scrolling through Instagram as a way to get some design inspiration. A lot of us are n...

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Top Instagram accounts to follow for home design inspiration - Part 2

Instagram is a fantastic resource when it comes to seeking interior design inspiration. But if your algorithm isn’t serving you up fresh colour sch...

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Are we all obsessed with having a cosy home?

Recent trends indicate that everyone seems to be increasingly drawn to the cosy aspects of life. Throughout architecture, design and lifestyle tren...

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Top 5 accessories and ornaments for a stylish bathroom

Creating a stylish bathroom doesn't have to be difficult. Whether you are looking to completely redesign your bathroom or just add a few finishing ...

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A quick guide to bathroom lighting

Are you looking for ways to light up your bathroom and create an inviting atmosphere? Look no further! This quick guide will help you understand th...

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Creative home bar ideas

© Matt Gamble Calling all dedicated hosts: elevate your next party and create your dream home bar. Whether you’re mixing virgin mojitos on a Sunda...

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Family bathroom ideas for any stage of life

It’s often joked about that having separate bathrooms to a spouse is the secret to a happy relationship. Here at Resi, we’re more interested in how...

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Colour pop for kitchens

When it comes to the home, kitchens are the most popular candidate for renovations. Gone are the days of the kitchen serving the solely practical p...

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Choosing cabinets for a living room that match your aesthetic

If you’re looking to spruce up your living room, cabinets can be a great way to add storage and style. Choosing the right cabinets for your living ...

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The great living room transformation

In keeping with how our lifestyles and the world around us seem to evolve at breakneck speed, the blueprint for modern living rooms regularly shape...

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Bring your cooking passion to life with your perfect kitchen

Cooking today feels like so much more than just a means to an end. For those of us that are lucky enough to pick and choose ingredients we love, ex...

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How modern living room lights can transform your space

There's no doubt about it: modern living room lights can transform your space. The right lighting fixtures can elevate the beauty of your home, hel...

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Setting up a comfortable and productive home office

‘WFH’ made its way into the 2020 Words of the Year list and if you’re still working from home, you’ll know that having a dedicated space can make a...

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7 rules for designing an amazing small bathroom

Struggling to find ideas that suit your small bathroom? While we would all love to be blessed with multiple big bathrooms, it’s not always the best...

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10 tips for adding industrial style to your home

If you’ve spent a lot of time on Netflix you may have noticed a pattern in the interior design. Often, when a show is about the rich and famous, yo...

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10 fireplace designs to keep you warm this winter

Sitting around a cosy fire is built into our ancestral code. Back in the time of cave paintings and spear fighting, fires were used for warmth and ...

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15 projects to inspire your home extension

The more time we spend at home, the more space we wish we had at our disposal. That's the trend we seem to be seeing at Resi. More and more of our ...

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How to use colour theory to decorate your home

How is it that some people just seem to have a knack for interior design? What separates the professional interior designers from us mere mortals? ...

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Adding the "WOW" factor to your dining room

If there’s one area you don’t want to fall flat it’s your dining room. After all, if you’re going through all that effort of putting together a thr...

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More is More: Tips for designing a maximalist home

Has the minimalism craze of the 2010s got you feeling… very little? Are you dying to add some colour to your home? A little bit of fun? Then welcom...

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How to design a safe (fun) home for children

When it comes to preparing for your home for kids, there’s plenty to consider. Not only do you want to make sure your home is safe for even the sm...

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5 design ideas that'll transform your bedroom

No other room better embodies the word ‘haven’ quite like the bedroom. From cosy Sunday mornings spent with tea in hand, to those lazy afternoons w...

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Best home improvement projects for your bedroom

If you’ve found yourself with some time on your hands and a little cash tucked away, why not tackle a couple home improvement projects? Not only ar...

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The best bathroom features to lure in future buyers

So you’re looking to do up your bathroom, or maybe you’re adding in a new one, question is: what’s going to land you the most added value? After al...

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5 home improvements you can do in a month

If you’re a busy person who has unexpectedly found themselves with a quiet month on their hands, you might be considering taking on a little home p...

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Holiday at home - create a vacation atmosphere without leaving the house

With sunnier weather to enjoy at home, avoid the hassle of flights and enjoy the summer months holidaying at home. Follow your holiday style and di...

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How to prepare a baby-friendly home without moving

If you’re expecting, preparing your home for the arrival of a little one can be one of the most intimidating factors to consider – particularly if ...

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Interior design trends 2023: get ready this summer

© Matt Gamble Some design trends stand the test of time and some last only a season. We run through some of our favourite current design trends th...

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Modern entryway ideas - how to style yours

© Matt Gamble The entryway of your home is the first thing that guests see when they arrive and the last thing you see when you head out in the mo...

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Creating the perfect atmosphere for kitchen party pros

Julia Child famously declared, ‘A party without cake is just a meeting.’ And for those who love to host – whether it’s a kid’s birthday or a wine-s...

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Indoor plant ideas for adding greenery to your home

Swiss cheese plants and devil’s ivy are now staples of inner-city homes. Their lush leaves can transform the spaces they’re in and create a sense o...

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Broken-plan living explained

Broken-plan living is all about curating an open-plan layout to create distinctive pockets or ‘zones’ throughout your home without losing all the b...

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How to achieve a 'broken plan' home

For years the trend of open plan living has reigned supreme, yet a new contender is entering the ring - broken plan living. A twist on open plan, ...

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7 Ways to Add More Natural Light into Your Home

Natural light is essential for our health and well-being, and it can make a huge difference in the look and feel of a home - especially now that we...

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10 design tricks to create a light and bright bathroom

When designing our dream homes, the desire to create breathtaking living spaces can sometimes leave bathrooms ignored, cramped, dimly lit and wholl...

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Modernise your Victorian living room

Use a mix of patterns and textures to create a modern look If you're looking to modernise your Victorian living room, try mixing up the patterns a...

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How to child-proof your home the Resi way

If you’re expecting, you’ll already be aware of just how much preparation being ready for the big day takes. We’re sure you’ve had unsolicited advi...

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The Top Kitchen Trends for 2023

It goes without saying that a full kitchen renovation isn’t a realistic annual tradition for everyone. But whether you’re designing your dream kitc...

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Open-plan living - the perfect choice for family life?

Open-plan living seems to have a particularly strong allure for those looking to renovate family homes. According to our report into The Science of...

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French, sliding, bi-fold - which doors are right for your extension?

Think doors are boring? Think again! If you’re undertaking a rear, side, or wraparound extension, doors can transform your entire household. Far mo...

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Stylish & practical kitchen layout ideas

The kitchen is now the central hub of a home due to the boom in an open-plan design. It is not just the room for cooking. It is the entertaining sp...

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How to improve flow in a Victorian house?

If you own a Victorian home you’ll be familiar with their characterful nature. They come with plenty of unique and attractive features from tall ce...

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Creating space for older family members in your home

Inviting older relatives to join your home can be a life-enhancing experience for everyone involved, as well as posing certain challenges. Family d...

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Contemporary home design inspiration for 2023

Heading into 2023 with a desire to transform your home? Perhaps you’re finding your current space a little dated. Maybe too cramped? Not enough lig...

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Cost and Planning

How much does it cost to move house?

Moving house can be expensive. The average house price in the UK is just over £300,000 (rising to £1 million in London), so expect to pay around £2...

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5 unexpected costs of extending your home

When taking on a big project like a rear extension, the last thing you want is to have your budget surprised by an unexpected cost. Yet with so muc...

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How much do architects charge?

Whether you’re undertaking a loft conversion, rear extension or just a renovation, having an architect by your side can help maximise the potential...

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What percentage of construction cost do architects charge?

Clients could expect to pay architects around 7-10% of the construction cost from their project. Architects' fees can be calculated in three ways:...

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How much does it cost to build an extension / conversion?

When it comes to construction, no doubt you’ve got one question in mind: how much is this going to cost? And why wouldn’t you be concerned? Whethe...

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Why are some architects cheaper than others?

Whether you’re extending, converting, or renovating your home, an architect is one of the best assets you can have. Their expertise on design and p...

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How to manage extra costs & building delays in a cost of living crisis

It’s no secret that the cost of living has risen dramatically and, as a result, many of us are feeling the crunch. As we’re rethinking how we spend...

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How much does it cost to build an annexe?

If you’ve decided that erecting an annexe is the right option for your home, then it's time to start mapping out that all important budget. However...

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Five ways to save money when building a 'granny flat'

Did you know that nearly a third of UK homes are now multi-generational? It’s no surprise then that with this new housing trend, many homeowners ar...

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How much does an orangery cost to build?

Orangeries are having a bit of a moment, after living in the shadows of conservatories for so long. Once built in the 17th and 18th century to hous...

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The dangers of a cheap architectural quote

If in your hunt for the perfect architect you’ve found one who’s offering an incredibly cheap service, you might be thinking: is this too good to b...

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Buying your first home - is ‘doing up’ worth the saving?

Buying your first home is a huge milestone to reach but the road to getting there is rarely straightforward or easy to navigate. It’s no secret tha...

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How home design can lower the cost of bills

When you think of good home design, you probably think about the look and feel of a space. But clever home design can also save you money. Consid...

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How to add an extra room to your home without breaking the bank

Sometimes our homes can feel like visual representations of the pressures of everyday life – with clutter, disorganisation and limited breathing ro...

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Cost cutting tips for your rear extension

Who hasn’t switched on Grand Designs and thought: I would love to do something like that, if I had the money. Well, we’re here to tell you that a...

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How much does it cost to build a rear extension?

We know that building a rear extension can seem daunting at first, not knowing where to start or who to talk to. This is especially true for financ...

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General

We're calling on the government to cut VAT on home improvements

A recent national survey by Resi, the Homeowner’s Alliance and YouGov found that a third (31%) – approximately 5.3 million – of UK homeowners pay c...

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Resi becomes one of the first 'Good Work Standard' employers in London

This week, Resi is very excited to announce that we’ve been recognised by the Mayor of London as one of the city’s first Mayor’s Good Work Standard...

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Knocking down walls! Resi sponsors Dulwich Hamlet's F.C.

Football season is here and we couldn’t be more excited! Why? Because this year, we’ve become one of Dulwich Hamlet F.C’s official sponsors. The t...

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10 home remodelling mistakes people make early on

The home horror stories, we’ve all heard at least one. The couple who picked a dodgy builder, the family who ended up in a war with their neighbour...

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5 crucial tips for renovating an old home

Renovating an old home can be equal parts exciting and daunting. It’s a big project to undertake with lots that can go wrong, but get it right and ...

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20 big renovation mistakes first-time homeowners make

Buying your first home is always exciting but for those looking for a fixer-upper, it can feel like you’ve got a whole new adventure to look forwar...

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10 home improvement tips every homeowner should know

When it comes to home improvements, everyone wants to know the best tricks and tips. Should you go DIY? Which rooms should you focus on first? How ...

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5 benefits of using an architect

You’re looking at expanding or converting your home, and you find yourself thinking: do I even need an architect? Afterall, aren’t they just for fa...

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Who is involved in a home project? Every professional and what they do

There are three characteristics you will always find in any successful home project: Legal: the project has been completed within the rules and r...

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Do I need an architect?

Whether you need an architect or not will depend on the type of project you want to undertake, plus your own experience level. However, you might b...

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Do I need an architect or structural engineer?

Unless you’ve done a big home project before, you might find yourself bamboozled by the list of professionals your extension or conversion might ne...

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Recreating the cinema experience at home

Film buffs everywhere agree there is no better way to watch a movie than in the cinema. But cinema goers live in fear of dodgy seats, bank-breaking...

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Meet the teams: architectural designers

At Resi, we have a variety of specialist teams here to guide you through each stage of your architectural project. They include… Measured surveys...

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UK Policy: statement on potential digital tax

After being quoted in The Times on potentially taxing tech giants, such as Google and Facebook, Resi CEO Alex Depledge shares this statement: Ques...

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What is a party wall agreement?

A party wall agreement is, as it says on the tin, a legal agreement made between you and your neighbours regarding any building work occuring that ...

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A guide to planning out the lights in your home

Because of the disruption involved, if you’re looking to spruce up the lighting in your home, an extension, conversion, or renovation offers the be...

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A guide to caring for happy house plants

Whether you’ve been getting your inspiration from home magazines, Pinterest, or even Resi's own Instagram, you’ll know that house plants have never...

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5 top maintenance tips for the summer

The summer is a great time to get on with some of the bigger maintenance jobs as the days are long and there’s far less chance of rain and wind get...

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What is an electrical report and do you need one?

You rarely hear people talking about electrical reports, but they are a vital part of owning a home and you might be surprised by how often you nee...

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Easy ways to save money on your household bills

With the nights drawing in and temperatures dropping, it’s that time of year where all you want to do is stay in curled up on the sofa with the hea...

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Splitting your house into two maisonettes

There are numerous reasons to consider splitting up your home. It could be you’re looking to downsize after the kids have moved out. Or that you’re...

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A guide to window frames for your home

If you’re in the process of an extension or perhaps a renovation, you might be considering what to do with your windows. While many mull over the...

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What's the difference between freehold and leasehold?

Freehold As freeholder of a property, you own it outright and that includes the land it’s built on. Generally speaking, most houses are freehold, ...

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5 ways to get the most out of a home show

Home and Interior Design shows are fantastic events for anyone looking into home improvement. However, if you’ve never been to one before, they can...

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Pitched vs flat roofs - which should you build?

Whether you’re extending, converting your garage, or building your dream home, you’re going to need a roof. This is Britain, after all. For many, ...

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A guide to heat pumps and the new £5000 grant

For many people in the UK, making their home as energy efficient as possible is high on the agenda, especially in light of the climate crisis. Not ...

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Log burning stoves: are they right for your home?

Whether you’re reading this in December or July, no one can deny the pleasure of curling up by a real fire when the weather turns icy. Because of t...

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New year resolutions for your home in 2022

Whether you’re reading this at the start of the year or towards the end, no doubt you’ve landed here because you want to use 2022 as a year to unlo...

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How to make your garden more appealing to children

There is no denying the advantages of the outdoors, especially for children. An outdoor space for a child offers fresh air, exercise, independence,...

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5 things to check before autumn and winter hit

As the weather worsens after the summer (or a bit before!), the risk of damage to property increases. Wind can blow trees and debris onto the build...

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What is an ecological survey?

Most of us enjoy the wildlife in our local area. However, when it comes to extending your home, you probably won’t have these little critters on yo...

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5 ways to add that ‘feel good’ factor into your home

Homes provide more than just shelter. Our 2020 Happy Homes research found that where will live has a huge impact on our well-being, however, how ma...

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5 ways to get your garden ready for summer

Whether you’re the type to cook up a storm on the barbecue, smash a window playing football or fall asleep with an icy beverage, the garden is wher...

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Maisonette: how to add more value to yours

Maisonettes are becoming more and more common, especially in built-up city spaces. Perhaps you’ve nabbed one for yourself, and if so, you might be ...

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How to make your garden or balcony more private

When those first few rays of spring sunshine start to appear, naturally our thoughts turn to our gardens and spending more time outside. However, n...

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What is a maisonette anyway?

Everyone knows the difference between a flat and a house, but what about their lesser-known cousin, the humble maisonette? The linguists among us c...

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How and why the architectural practice Resi was built [Podcast]

Resi, the leading architectural practice built in 2017, was created to take consumers on their house renovation journey through a smooth process. T...

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5 Tips for Taking the Best Photos of your Home for Instagram

If you love sharing your home on Instagram, you know that the key to getting likes and followers is to take beautiful, eye-catching photos. But if ...

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A guide to insuring your renovation project

Renovating your home is an exciting prospect but all too often there can be surprises along the way that can dampen spirits a little. To counter an...

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More people are living and buying together than ever - what does it mean for ‘home’?

For most people, buying a home is considered a life event and buying your first home is a huge milestone. While this has likely always been the cas...

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The Top Trends for Home 2023

Here is the ultimate Resi guide to the top home trends we’re set to see for 2023. Discover how to reimagine your space and reinvigorate your interi...

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Fall back in love with your home in 2023

Sometimes after we’ve spent a while in our homes, we can start feeling a bit disenchanted and a bit bored by our surroundings. You might start drea...

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Will home insurance be enough for your renovation project?

If you’re looking to embark on a renovation project, protecting yourself from any risks is really important. While plenty of projects go off withou...

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Benefits of starting a renovation/extension before January

Our data shows that January is one of the most popular times of the year for new projects. In fact, we see a whopping 87% increase in demand come t...

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Home remodelling vs buying a new home - which is better?

When you’ve become tired of staring at the same four walls, you might find yourself thinking: something needs to change. This leaves many homeowne...

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The Resi interview: Alex Depledge

If you’ve found yourself here, you’re likely familiar with Resi, but you might not know much about the people behind the company. Alex Depledge is ...

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Improve, don’t move - if you want to extend your home in 2023 here are our top tips

Loving the space you live in shouldn’t be a luxury considering we spend a third of our lives at home. But some facts can’t be avoided: it can be co...

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‘Sorry, no couples’ - what to do when renting doesn’t feel like an option

‘Sorry, no couples’. This is the dreaded yet all-too-often default response falling on the ears of partners far and wide looking for shared rental ...

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Does home fitness need a reboot?

The pandemic changed us in more ways than we can possibly imagine, didn’t it? One aspect of life that, should we believe the furore around it, has ...

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Resi 3.0: Introducing our upgraded customer Dashboard

The Resi Dashboard is a crucial tool for our customers when taking on a home project, and we’re incredibly excited to announce it’s upgrading! Us...

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Importance of ‘connecting’ with the right professionals

At Resi, we believe connections matter, that’s why we created Resi Connect. This complimentary service introduces our customers to all the key prof...

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Introducing... Resi's new build service!

This week we have some very exciting news… the launch of our new build service - our new new builds, you could say. In taking on new builds, we c...

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Beware the party wall ambulance chaser!

Unless you’ve encountered them yourself, it’s unlikely you’ll know anything about these dodgy practitioners. However, party wall ambulance chasers ...

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What is a structural engineer and why do you need one?

Architect. Surveyor. Structural engineers. When it comes to big home projects, you often find yourself confronted with a list of professionals tha...

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Who are Resi?

We’re the UK's leading architecture practice for everyday homeowners. Since opening our doors in 2017, we’ve helped transform over 1500 properties ...

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The Resi Interview: Laura Perkins

Join me as I sit down for a chat with our very own Laura Perkins, a Project Consultant at Resi, about what being the first point of contact for cus...

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Everything I didn’t know about TV advertising: How to choose a creative agency

By Charlotte Costa, Head of Growth at Resi. Picture © Freddie Ardley My growth and marketing experience up until now has been heavily digital. Lik...

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Why modular buildings are on the rise

Today’s modular buildings are making waves in the world of architecture. Their reputation was once one of rickety, draughty and temporary structure...

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How to create a cosy hygge living room

Creating a cosy hygge living room is all about creating a space that you can relax and enjoy in. It should be inviting, comfortable, and full of ho...

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The Resi Interview: Joe Whitworth Head of Technical Operations

Molly-Sue: How would you describe your role at Resi, and what does a typical week look like for you? Joe:  I see my role as leading the teams that...

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How to Feng Shui Your Home

If you’re looking to create a more peaceful environment, adopting some core principles and practices of Feng Shui could transform your home. Read o...

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6 Tips to create a calm aesthetic in your home

When it comes to how relaxed we feel at home, creating a calm aesthetic is one of the key elements we have some control over. If you’re seeking a m...

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Architectural, planning and design expertise in Greenwich

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of extending or renovating your Greenwich home, we're here to provide comprehensive support throughou...

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Architectural, planning and design expertise in St Albans

Renovating or extending your home is notorious for being stressful. From navigating a tricky planning system to rifling through oodles of paperwork...

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House renovation tips: what to look out for in an existing property if you want to renovate

Increasing numbers of people are entering onto the property ladder with future renovations in mind. This could be down to the soaring cost of prope...

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Fixer-upper houses: top tips for your first time

The romanticism and positivity of those who embark on renovation journeys with fixer-upper houses can’t be denied. Investing in a property that you...

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How to navigate working and living in a renovation project

The plans have been drawn up, the paperwork has been signed, and you've shaken hands with your chosen contractors. It feels like your vision is abo...

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Architectural, design and planning support in Portsmouth

If you're considering enhancing your Portsmouth home, partner with us for expert architectural design and construction advice. We’ve got an impres...

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Planning, architecture and design in Lambeth

© Matt Gamble If you’re looking to extend your Lambeth home, find everything you need in this guide to take your project all the way from concept ...

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How to improve flow between your home and garden

What do we mean when we talk about ‘flow’ in the home? It’s generally considered to be the relationship between different rooms as well as the layo...

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Frequently asked questions: building and party walls

Party walls can be tricky things, tricky in the sense that they’re either a breeze for the homeowner, or a legal nightmare. If you’re worried your ...

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10 things to consider before buying a renovation property in the UK

When it comes to buying a new house, if you’re not afraid to roll up your sleeves, you might have been tempted by a ‘fixer-upper’. These renovation...

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How Resi can cut your extension times in half

Cut times in half, you say, how is that possible? Well you’d be surprised. Not only has Resi transformed the way homeowners can complete their pro...

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Building Regulations

Why you need an architect during building regulations

Building regulations, they’re confusing. Unless you’ve completed a project before, it’s likely these technical requirements are new ground for you,...

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Approved inspectors vs Local authority building control

When it comes to complying with building regulations, you have two options on who can approved your technical drawings - your local building contro...

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A guide to 'proceeding at risk'

When it comes to your home, you probably want to keep risk out of the equation. However, in the planning and building regulations stage, a little r...

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Drains, CCTV surveys, and build over agreements

Drains: they’re not the most glamorous part of a household, but when it comes to extending you might be surprised by how big their role is. Every ...

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What are building regulations and do you need them?

You’ve got your plans approved, so what happens next? More paperwork - hurray! However much you may want to zoom past the ‘boring bits’, and get s...

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Structural engineer drawings vs building regulations packages

Once your project has been given the green-light from planning, your next step will be to ensure that, when it is constructed, it will meet UK buil...

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Building regulations: what happens next?

By the time you get to building regulations, it can feel like the end is in sight and construction is just around the corner. However, before you s...

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Do you need a party wall surveyor?

If your project is affected by a party wall matter, you might have heard the term ‘party wall surveyor’ batted about. But how can this professional...

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Staircase Building Regulations in the UK | Complete Guide

The question of whether staircase regulations exist in the UK probably hasn’t crossed your mind… until now. But believe it or not, these handy home...

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What's the deal with building regulations and outbuildings?

It’s unlikely that in day to day conversation you’ll hear the phrase ‘building regulations’ or ‘outbuildings’ come up, not unless you hang around w...

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What are the rules around building regulations and electrical work?

When you hear building regulations, you might suspect that such a thing couldn’t possibly apply to either your professional rewiring or DIY job. Su...

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How building regulations affect removing your chimney

If your living room is feeling cramped, or you just want to free up some space in your bedroom, removing a chimney might be the right move for you....

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A quick guide to the rules and regulations around listed buildings

According to Historic England, there are around 500,000 in England alone. The rules and regulations surrounding buildings that fall into this categ...

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Planning in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Figuring out whether or not you need planning permission and following the steps to obtain it can be testing at the best of times. If you’re lookin...

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Everything you need to know about downstairs toilet building regulations in the UK

There are many reasons to build a downstairs toilet. You might host regular parties and want to keep nosy guests from upstairs, or perhaps it’s bet...

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What to do in the event of a party wall dispute

So you’re getting ready to transform your home. You’ve done everything right so far. You’ve obtained planning permission. You’ve been given approva...

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Construction Advice

How to insulate your new garage conversion

Thinking about extending your garage? If you have, you may have thought about decor, what kind of room you’ll create, maybe even how you’ll remove ...

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Do you need an asbestos survey?

Asbestos might feel like a thing of the past, but for homeowners of properties built before 2000, it can still rear its ugly head. That’s because a...

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5 common construction contract mistakes

It’s not something most homeowners think about when they decide on an extension. After all, it’s easy to forget about paperwork when you’re taking ...

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DIY why? 10 projects you should not attempt to do yourself!

We all love some DIY and in the right circumstances, doing it yourself can help you achieve a brand new look for your home without breaking the ban...

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What is ICF (Insulated Concrete Formwork) construction?

Though it’s been around since the 1970s, only now is ‘Insulated Concrete Framework’ building starting to gain some mainstream appeal - and it’s not...

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A guide to roofs: costs, maintenance, and specialists

Having a roof overhead symbolises two cherished aspects of any home: safety and comfort. Our Happy Homes Survey found that feeling secure is one of...

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The ultimate guide to getting ready for construction

The construction stage of a project commands the majority of your budget and will affect the value and safety of your home, but many homeowners fin...

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How many quotes should you get for construction?

Home design? Sorted. Planning permission? Nailed it. Building regulations? Don’t even worry about it. It looks like you’re all ready to go into c...

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A guide to insurance, construction, and protecting your home

After planning and building regulations, we can understand why a lot of homeowners feel overwhelmed with the admin. Perhaps not too enthused when i...

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A guide to types of contractors and builders

Contractors come in all shapes and sizes, each with their own individual specialities and experience. Choosing the right one for your project will ...

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10 mistakes too many people make during construction

If you’ve made it through the trials of planning and building regulations, it means you’re ready for the next leg of your journey: construction. W...

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Dangers of a cheap contractor quote

We've gathered some expert advice from our Connect team so you can find the best contractor for your home renovation project. This team of Resi pr...

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Could you project manage your own home extension?

What do project managers do? A project manager is there to organise the creation of your build, making sure your project is completed on time, on ...

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What is a project manager and do you need one?

When it comes to getting the best possible result from construction, having a project manager on board can be just the ticket. Not only can they h...

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What is tendering? Everything you need to know.

Putting your project out for tender is when a homeowner looks to secure the services of a contractor. It’s an important part of any project, wheth...

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What is a scope of works and how can it help me budget?

Pretty much every homeowner, when they’re extending or renovating their property, wants to make sure they’re getting the most out of their budget. ...

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A guide to finding a good builder for your home

We've gathered some expert advice from our Connect team so you can find the best contractor for your home renovation project. This team of Resi pr...

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Playing the field to find the right contractor: a how-to guide

© Matt Gamble Finding the right contractor to fulfil your renovation or extension project is one of the most important decisions that you can make...

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Is it better to do full house renovations or room-by-room?

If you’ve not yet heard, renovations are kind of our thing and extensions are a special point of interest. We’re passionate about the transformativ...

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A guide to groundworks, foundations, and your extension

With all your permissions in place, and your professionals hired, it’s time to dive into construction, right? Well, almost. Before any tangible bu...

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How long does it take to find a builder?

After securing planning permission and (hopefully) putting together a comprehensive building regulations package, no doubt you’ll be raring to go o...

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Construction timelines for converting or extending your home

You’ve got creative in design, been given the thumbs up in planning, found the perfect contractor and even got approval from building control. All ...

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How to avoid construction disasters

The lack of UK licensing around builders can result in risky contracts for homeowners looking to undergo construction. That’s why we’ve put togethe...

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Do you stay or rent when you renovate with children?

It’s no surprise that one of the most common reasons homeowners extend is to accommodate a growing family. But what happens to your family when you...

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What to do when your builder goes bust

One of the worst situations for a homeowner to face is the news that their builder has filed for bankruptcy. If you’ve been caught in this unfort...

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