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....Read More
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...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
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
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
The best trends to makeover your bathroom
No matter your style or preference, we’re absolutely sure there’s a design trend out there that will WOW you. Kitting out your bathroom can be one ...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
Five 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
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
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
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...Read More
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...Read More
Bedroom extension ideas: the balcony edition
If you’re looking to transform your bedroom, a balcony can work wonders. Not only do they add more space to your room, those large glazed doors bri...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
Five 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
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...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
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
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
Kitchen renovation ideas
If you’re looking for kitchen renovation ideas, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve created plans for hundreds of [kitchens](https://resi.co.uk/...Read More
How Resi can cut your extension timings 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
Ultimate guide to the UK's homebuilding and renovating shows 2019
Rather than spend hours trawling through Google, or pestering friends for recommendations, trade shows offer a fantastic alternative to sourcing gr...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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 ...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 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
Five 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...Read More
5 common construction contract mistakes
It’s not something most homeowners think about when they decide on [an extension](https://resi.co.uk/advice/cost-and-planning/how-much-does-it-cost...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
What Resi's new TrustMark partnership means for our customers
This week we’re very excited to announce our official partnership with [TrustMark!](https://www.trustmark.org.uk/) [TrustMark is the Government E...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
How to avoid cowboy builders and construction disaster
The UK has long been plagued by cowboy builders, why? Because anyone who wants to be a builder, can be. No qualifications. No licensing. If you cal...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
What is the best flooring for a kitchen?
Whether you’re looking to fully refurbish your kitchen, or just to keep your floor a makeover, what material you choose can have a big impact on th...Read More
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...Read More
How to pick the right materials for your conservatory
So you’re [considering a conservatory](https://resi.co.uk/advice/home-extensions/do-conservatories-add-value-to-your-house), but which one is going...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
How well do you understand architectural jargon?
Here at [Resi](https://resi.co.uk/) our mission is to provide you with no-nonsense design and planning advice. Think of us as your personal guide t...Read More
Who are Resi?
We’re the UK's first online architectural service. From extensions to refurbishments, we’re making it easy to remodel your home. ## High quality, ...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
Where are all the residential architects?
Every architect wants to build a skyscraper. They’re towering, iconic and - if designed badly - can destroy a car (remember this...?). In fact, ov...Read More
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 ...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
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
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
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
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
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...Read More
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...Read More
How much do architects charge?
Second to actually buying your home, an extension will be one of the biggest financial investments you under take. But don’t let that put you off! ...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
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
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...Read More
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](https://resi.co.uk/advice/cost...Read More
How much does it cost to build a rear extension?
We know that building an extension can seem daunting at first, not knowing where to start or who to talk to. But once you get the costings of your ...Read More
Five ways to reduce costs when converting your loft
We know that going through a home improvement project can be a financially strenuous time for most, so we’ve compiled a little list of ways to put ...Read More
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...Read More
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...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
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
Reasons why planning permission is refused
Planning permission can be denied if your build is guilty of these offenses: - Your build overshadows a neighbour, causing loss of light - Your bu...Read More
Do I need planning permission for a conservatory?
If you’re looking to add more space to your home, a conservatory is not only an effective option, but a budget friendly one too. Typically cheaper...Read More
Do you need planning permission for a loft conversion?
Short answer: maybe. Loft conversions come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and whether or not you need planning permission will depend on these ...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
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
What's the best order to build? 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 exten...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
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 ...Read More
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...Read More
How much does a side return extension cost?
A side return extension is a great way to increase the size of your kitchen without losing garden space. If you live in London you can expect to pa...Read More
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, onc...Read More
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. ...Read More
How to get freeholder consent for an 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...Read More
Five more questions to ask your architect
Not too long ago, we shared with you the [top five questions you should be asking your architect](https://resi.co.uk/advice/home-extensions/ask-you...Read More
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...Read More
Five pitfalls to avoid when extending your home
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 ...Read More
7 tips to keep house extension costs down
There are only two tips that will always save you money during a building project: don’t cut corners and pay attention. The fact is: there’s no tr...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
What types of floor plans should I commission?
If you’re thinking about extending or converting your home, the best place to start is with a set of floor plans. In fact, you can’t build without ...Read More
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