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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Choosing the right kitchen worktop
There’s nothing more thrilling than walking into a beautiful new kitchen, so it’s no surprise that this is one of the most popular house extensions...Read More
Contemporary home design inspiration for 2019
Heading into 2019 with a desire to transform your home? Perhaps you’re finding your current space a little dated. Maybe too cramped? Not enough lig...Read More
5 bedroom features that'll transform your space
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...Read More
Top 5 interior design trends for 2019
*No one knows interior design like [MyBespokeRoom.com](https://www.mybespokeroom.com/), so we asked them to tell us what trends homeowners can expe...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Loft conversion ideas for 2019
If there’s one resolution all homeowners can make this year, it’s that no space should be left going to waste. This is especially true for lofts. I...Read More
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 ...Read More
Rear Extension Ideas
Forget planning permission, forget building regulations, forget paperwork… for now, let’s have some fun and get stuck into brainstorming what your ...Read More
Creating your own industrial kitchen design
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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](https://resi.co.uk/advice/home-extensions/guide-...Read More
The best modern conservatory trends
Conservatories have long been a part of British homes. Thanks to their ability to be crafted mainly off-site, they’re a cost effective way for many...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
5 feature wall ideas for 2019
When it comes to your home, who doesn’t want a little WOW factor? And if you’re looking for a bold way to transform either your living room, bedroo...Read More
How to achieve a 'broken plan' home
It feels like for years the trend of open plan living has reigned supreme, yet a new contender is entering the ring. Broken plan living. A twist o...Read More
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 ...Read More
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...Read More
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 ...Read More
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...Read More
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 freehol...Read More
What exactly is a maisonette?
Sure, everyone’s heard of a flat, but what about its lesser known cousin, the maisonette? Well, as the linguists among us could probably guess, a m...Read More
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...Read More
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 th...Read More
How VR can help bring your project to life
Did you know that VR (Virtual Reality) has been around since the 1960s? Back in the day, it consisted of a giant machine called The Sensorama, whic...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Case study: Alex's side return
As with hassle.com, Resi began in response to a real world frustration. In 2016, I embarked on a 2.5m x 9m side extension on my maisonette in Sou...Read More
Case Study: I chose the cheapest contractor quotes and paid for it!
Before becoming a Resi founder, Alex Depledge took on what she thought was going to be a simple side extension for her London home. What followed w...Read More
Case study: A modern ground floor kitchen extension for a growing family
Resi was recently approached to design a ground floor wraparound extension for a detached home in Dartford. Lee wanted to maximise the value of his...Read More
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...Read More
How we pick our Connect professionals
It’s no secret, to unlock the most potential in your home, you need the best professionals by your side. Whether you’re renovating, converting, or...Read More
Could you project manage your own home
## 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, ...Read More
A guide to choosing a good builder for your home
If you’re worried about your home becoming a cowboy horror story, or struggling to make sense of the options near you, listen to the expert advice ...Read More
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...Read More
Dangers of a cheap contractor quote
While finding the best man for the job should be your number one priority, it’s only natural that price is going to play a big factor in who you pi...Read More
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 ...Read More
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...Read More
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]...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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 ...Read More
How much does a kitchen extension cost?
Often referred to as the heart of the home, it’s no wonder [kitchen extensions](https://resi.co.uk/advice/design-and-inspiration/kitchen-renovatio...Read More
How much does it cost to build a house?
If you’ve got the patience, the dedication, and the resources, you might be the kind of person who takes on the challenges of a self-build project....Read More
Do I need an architect?
Whether you need an architect or not will depend on the home project you’re taking on - though you might be surprised how useful they can be, even ...Read More
How much does it cost to get planning permission for an extension
If you’re about to apply for planning permission, or are wondering how fees have changed over the years, worry not! Our in-house planning team are...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Using an architect to sell your house
As anyone who’s sold can testify, finding a buyer for your home can be an anxious time. No more so than when your home feels like it’s just languis...Read More
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 ...Read More
Types of loft conversions
There are four main types of [loft conversion](https://resi.co.uk/case_studies/inchmery_road) found in UK homes. A loft conversion can be used as a...Read More
Architect drawings for loft conversion: why do you need them?
Architectural drawings might sound fancy, but they’re an essential part of achieving a quality conversion. To make sure you’re not tempted to scrim...Read More
Is my house suitable for a loft conversion?
Converting your loft is the less traditional, but ever popular way, of adding space and value to your home, working from the top down. This loft ...Read More
How to do a loft conversion
A [loft conversion](https://resi.co.uk/case_studies/inchmery_road) is a great way to add space and value to your home. Whether you’re angling for a...Read More
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 ...Read More
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...Read More
Permitted development rights and the green belt
Permitted development rights and the green belt are two terms you may have heard in passing, but until you actual get into a big home project, you ...Read More
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 ...Read More
Make the most of the Larger Home Extension Scheme
If you’re planning on building a single storey rear extension under your permitted development rights, you can now take advantage of a doubled size...Read More
What happens during the planning process?
Before you start worrying about the colour of your walls or what pictures to hang, you need to make sure that you have permission to go ahead with ...Read More
How to improve your chances of a successful planning application
Make sure your project gets the best start in life with our expert tips of achieving planning success… ## Pre-Application Don’t be afraid to sta...Read More
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...Read More
How long do you have to implement planning permission
Generally speaking, most planning permission __runs out after three years.__ Meaning, if you haven’t started work by this point, you’ll need to rea...Read More
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 ...Read More
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...Read More
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. From draf...Read More
10 things you need to know before extending your home
Not to put you off, but taking on a big home project - such as an extension, or conversion - is… well, big. Next to buying your home, it’s going to...Read More
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 pay attention. Here are 7 things you ca...Read More
Do you need an architect for an 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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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 ...Read More
5 key questions to ask your 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 i...Read More
A guide to wraparound extensions
When it comes to extending the rear of your property, you have two classic options: rear and side. But what if you could combine the two? This is...Read More
How much does an extension cost?
With interest rates increasing, more and more homeowners are turning to extensions, not upsizing, to give them some much needed space. In fact, [ne...Read More
How to build an energy efficient extension
Once the domain of hippies, and guys named Dreadlock Dan, becoming energy efficient is now mainstream - especially for homeowners. Not only does it...Read More
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