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
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
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
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
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
Is my house suitable for a loft conversion?
Converting your loft is the less traditional, but ever popular way, of adding space and value to your home, working from the top down. This loft ...Read More
How 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
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
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
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
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
Top 5 interior design trends for 2018
*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
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
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
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 your 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
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
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
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
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
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
Loft conversion ideas for 2019
If there’s one resolution all homeowners can make this year, it’s that no space should be left going to waste. This is especially true for lofts. I...Read More
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
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
What is a party wall agreement?
If you’re looking to build and share a wall with your neighbour, this shared boundary is known as the party wall. In order for your project to go a...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
Laminate or real wood flooring? Which is best for your house
When it comes floors, fall into two categories. Those who adore carpets, and those who can’t imagine life[ without a hardwood floor](https://resi.c...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
What are permitted development rights?
Permitted development rights are a type of general planning permission granted by Parliament. If your plans fall within certain restrictions, this ...Read More
What happens after you've obtained planning permission?
Getting planning permission or a lawful development certificate can take between 8-10 weeks, so it’s good to apply early. However, once you know th...Read More
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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'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
5 questions to ask your architect
If you’re thinking of converting or extending your home, you’ll need to start by getting some plans drawn up. From submitting your planning applica...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
Start to finish: the timeline for your extension
Full disclosure: there’s no guaranteed timeline for any build project. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was? Building an extension involves a lot of ...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
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
Can I add an extension to a listed building?
Living in a listed building is a great privilege, but it can be limiting if you decide you’d like to add more space through a house extension or lo...Read More
How 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
Five pitfalls to avoid when extending your home
From whoopie cushions to elaborate stunts from brands, April Fools' is a day where nothing should be taken at face value. But what about the rest o...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Everything you need to know about your local authority
When it comes to extending, you’ve probably run your project past everyone you can think of. Your partner, your parents, your kids, friends, co-wor...Read More
What 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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