All advice articles
A collection of resources to aid your project
All advice articles
A collection of resources to aid your project
Five tips for growing your own food at home
There’s no denying that, thanks to lockdown, gardening is back in vogue, especially when it comes to growing your own food. If want to take a bite ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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...Read More
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 ...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
What's the best way of financing my project?
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...Read More
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,...Read More
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....Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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 a...Read More
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...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ownersh...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
How to remortgage your home
If you’ve never done it before, remortgaging your home can seem like a mysterious process. How does remortgaging work? Where do you start? What are...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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 ...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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,...Read More
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 t...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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 ...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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 ...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
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
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
The ultimate guide to loft conversions
When it comes to adding a new bedroom, bathroom or study, nothing tops a loft conversion for getting the job done. In many homes, the loft area is...Read More
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 ...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
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
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
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?...Read More
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...Read More
Happy Homes: making your home 'connected'
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...Read More
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...Read More
Happy Homes: making your home a 'mirror'
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...Read More
Happy Homes: making your home 'adaptable'
Happy Homes: making your home feel 'secure'
Happy Homes: making your home feel 'nourishing'
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
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
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
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
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
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...Read More
Planning permission: changing a commercial property into residential
You see them films, perhaps in home magazines or as part of grand TV projects - the converted building. Once a church, now a home for four. Once a ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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...Read More
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...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
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 ...Read More
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...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
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
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...Read More
What you CAN and CAN'T do after planning approval
With all the different stages of getting the green light, thumbs up, and go ahead, it can be tricky to understand when changes to your design can a...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
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
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
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](https://resi.co.uk)...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
A guide to the 'Larger Home Extension Scheme' in 2021
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
A guide to permitted development rights in 2021
In August of 2020, you may have heard about some changes that were made to your permitted development rights. These changes meant you could do more...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
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
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 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...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
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
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
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
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]...Read More
How to choose your bi-fold doors
If you’ve decided that bi-fold doors are for you, you need to first make sure you’re choosing the right ones. Ensure that your investment will not ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...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
10 multifunctional kitchen diner ideas
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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’...Read More
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,...Read More
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...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
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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 ...Read More
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...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
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
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 ...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Design ideas for your 'country style' kitchen
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...Read More
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...Read More
What are the top interior design trends of 2021?
It feels like 2021 will continue to be a home-focused year for millions nationwide. Throughout 2020, our homes became our offices, our classrooms, ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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...Read More
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, ...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...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
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
Five extension ideas for 2021
We started the 2020s by literally being trapped inside for over a year so, needless to say, homes have been undergoing a bit of a reassessment. Now...Read More
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 l...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...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
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
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
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
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
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 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...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
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
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](https://resi.co.uk/advice/home-extensions/ask-you...Read More
The benefits (and pitfalls) of extending your home 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...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
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 ...Read More
5 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
How much money can DIY save you on your 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 ...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
5 things you need to know about home 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...Read More
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...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 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...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, once...Read More
Extension mega 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...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
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 would...Read More
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 ...Read More
How much does a 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 yo...Read More
Home extensions: 15 things everyone needs to know
Before you embark on creating your dream extension, there are a few things every homeowner should sit down and consider. After all, even modest ext...Read More
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...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 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
What kind of survey do I need?
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...Read More
How much does an extension cost?
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...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
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
Is a local architect always best?
Five years ago, if you were looking for an architect, you had two options: local or fancy. You could take your home project to an architect in your...Read More
Do I need an architect to build a house?
In short: it’s very, very likely. Building a home is one of the biggest construction projects you can take on, requiring expert design skills and ...Read More
The benefits of a free Resi consultation
Before you dive into your project, you’ll likely want to know what options are available to your home. This is where an architectural consultation...Read More
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...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
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...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 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...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
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
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
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:...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
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
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
Everything you need to know about downstairs toilet building regulations
There are many reasons to build a downstairs toilet. You might host regular parties and want a way to keep nosy guests from upstairs, or perhaps yo...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 much does it cost to build a wraparound extension?
A wraparound extension, unlike a standard rear addition, utilises space to the back and side of your property. Essentially, they combine both a sid...Read More
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...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
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...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
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
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
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 an annex?
If you’ve decided that erecting an annex is the right option for your home, make sure you’ve got your budget nailed down before you do so. It’s alw...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 does a garage conversion cost?
If you are looking to create some space at home and are happy to part with your garage, then a garage conversion might be the ideal project for you...Read More
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...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
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 ...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
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
Resi 2.0: Introducing the new customer dashboard
This week we’re incredibly excited to announce the release of version 2 of the Resi Dashboard! This Dashboard is a unique online platform that we...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
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
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...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
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...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 the...Read More
Brexit: Should I still extend my house?
Every week, we provide free consultations to hundreds of homeowners across the UK. And in recent months, we’ve noticed one question is coming up mo...Read More
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...Read More
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...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
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...Read More
New year resolutions for your home in 2020
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 2020 as a year to unlo...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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 surve...Read More
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,...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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 ...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
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...Read More
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...Read More
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 ...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
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
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...Read More
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...Read More
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](https://www.instagram.com/resi_uk/), yo...Read More
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, ...Read More
Best ways to add value to a maisonette
Improving the home is no longer limited to those wanting to climb their way up the property ladder. These days it’s the norm to add value not just ...Read More
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...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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...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
Do I need an architect to renovate my home?
If you’re building a new home from scratch or going for a big extension, it might seem obvious that you need an architect by your side - but what a...Read More
How much does it cost to have house plans drawn up?
We’re back, answering some of the most common questions we’ve seen floating around on the internet. Today’s is one that frequently pops up… “How m...Read More
What types of construction drawings do I need for my building project?
Whether you’re planning a house extension, loft conversion or new build, you always need to begin with a set of architectural floor plans. A good...Read More
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:* Qu...Read More
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...Read More
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
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...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
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
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,...Read More
Explained: building regulations and staircases
You might look at stairs and not think much of them, but this home essential comes with a lot of rules and regulations - namely, [building regulati...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
Case study: Nick's rear extension
When Nick bought his home, he bought it knowing it would turn into a big project. Dilapidated and cramped, it was a building that was in some serio...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 So...Read More
The pitfalls of 'design and build' companies
If you’re pursuing an extension or conversion, you’re probably considering a range of companies for your project. Perhaps some of them are architec...Read More
Conservatory vs. Orangery
## What came first, the Conservatory or the Orangery? Because the chicken and the egg are so 2017. Officially, the orangery came first, originati...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
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
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
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
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
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...Read More
The ultimate guide to getting ready for construction
Let’s face it, when it comes to construction, the industry can feel a little like the wild west. Even though this stage of a project commands the ...Read More
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. ...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
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...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
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
Can you start construction during a lockdown?
You’ve worked with an architect, secured planning permission, and even ironed out those building regulation details. Then, just as you’re looking t...Read More
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...Read More
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...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
10 mistakes too many people make during construction
If you’ve made it through the trials of planning and building regulations unscathed, it means you’re ready for the most hazardous leg of your journ...Read More
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](https://resi.co.uk/happy_homes "R...Read More
A guide to types of contractors and builders
Contractors come in all shapes and sizes, each with its own positives and negatives. Choosing the right one for your project will ensure you not on...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
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 ...Read More
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 a little less than enth...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
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