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
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
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
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
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
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
The best bathroom trends for 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Five 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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 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
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
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
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: 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
Five 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
Five 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
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
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 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
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
How much does a garage conversion cost?
__A typical garage conversion can cost anywhere between £5,000 and £7,000 without fittings - around £1,000 to £1,250 per square metre.__ Compare t...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
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
Five loft conversion ideas for your home
A loft conversion is the perfect way to add space and value to your home, without going down the route of a traditional extension. What’s more, wit...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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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
Make the most of the Larger Home Extension Scheme
*Update: As the deadline for this scheme is drawing to a close, we've added in some further tips for homeowners considering this route in a limited...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
Update on the larger home extension scheme
If you’re tuned into the UK planning world (as we are), you might have heard rumours that the larger home extension scheme is changing. If you’re ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
5 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, they can transform your ...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 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
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