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
Approved inspectors vs Local authority building control
When it comes to complying with building regulations, you have two options on who can approved your technical drawings - your local building contro...Read More
What are building regulations and do you need them?
You’ve got your plans approved, so what happens next? More paperwork - hurray! However much you may want to zoom past the ‘boring bits’, and get s...Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Contemporary home design inspiration for 2019
Heading into 2019 with a desire to transform your home? Perhaps you’re finding your current space a little dated. Maybe too cramped? Not enough lig...Read More
Choosing the right kitchen worktop
There’s nothing more thrilling than walking into a beautiful new kitchen, so it’s no surprise that this is one of the most popular house extensions...Read More
5 bedroom features that'll transform your space
No other room better embodies the word ‘haven’ quite like the bedroom. From cosy Sunday mornings spent with tea in hand, to those lazy afternoons w...Read More
Top 5 interior design trends for 2019
*No one knows interior design like [MyBespokeRoom.com](https://www.mybespokeroom.com/), so we asked them to tell us what trends homeowners can expe...Read More
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
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
5 feature wall ideas for 2019
When it comes to your home, who doesn’t want a little WOW factor? And if you’re looking for a bold way to transform either your living room, bedroo...Read More
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 trends to makeover your bathroom
No matter your style or preference, we’re absolutely sure there’s a design trend out there that will WOW you. Kitting out your bathroom can be one ...Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Who are Resi?
We’re the UK's leading architecture practice for everyday homeowners. Since opening our doors in 2017, we’ve helped transform over 1500 properties ...Read More
What'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Do you stay or rent when you renovate with children?
It’s no surprise that one of the most common reasons homeowners extend is to accommodate a growing family. But what happens to your family when you...Read More
How 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
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
Dangers of a cheap contractor quote
While finding the best man for the job should be your number one priority, it’s only natural that price is going to play a big factor in who you pi...Read More
How to insulate your new garage conversion
Thinking about extending your garage? If you have, you may have thought about decor, what kind of room you’ll create, maybe even how you’ll remove ...Read More
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
Oak framed vs brick extension - which is best?
When it comes to building your home, making sure it stands up is a big priority. But what frame you buy is a question very much in the air. Do you...Read More
Laminate or real wood flooring? Which is best for your house
When it comes floors, people tend to fall into two categories. Those who adore carpets, and those who can’t imagine life [without a hardwood floor]...Read More
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
Cost cutting tips for your rear extension
Who hasn’t switched on Grand Designs and thought: *I would love to do something like that, if I had the money.* Well, we’re here to tell you that...Read More
A guide to loft conversions and planning
Whether you plan on converting your loft into a bedroom, study, or new bathroom, you’ll need to consider which area of planning your project falls ...Read More
How much 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
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
The best time for sorting out your finance when remodelling
It goes without saying that transforming your home becomes a lot harder when you don’t have the proper finance in place. That being said, few peop...Read More
How much does it cost to get planning permission for an extension
If you’re about to apply for planning permission, or are wondering how fees have changed over the years, worry not! Our in-house planning team are...Read More
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
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
A guide to lawful development certificates
A lawful development certificate isn’t a legal requirement, but they are incredibly worthwhile to obtain. The certificate essentially proves to bo...Read More
The 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
Using an architect to sell your house
As anyone who’s sold can testify, finding a buyer for your home can be an anxious time. No more so than when your home feels like it’s just languis...Read More
Where are all the residential architects?
Every architect wants to build a skyscraper. They’re towering, iconic and - if designed badly - can destroy a car (remember this...?). In fact, ov...Read More
Everything you need to know about dormer loft conversions
It’s no secret that UK homes are facing a space shortage, especially in the high demand city areas. But with not enough new homes being built, and ...Read More
Types of loft conversions
There are four main types of [loft conversion](https://resi.co.uk/case_studies/inchmery_road) found in UK homes. A loft conversion can be used as a...Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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 an architect for an extension?
Is it illegal to build an extension without an architect involved? No. However, just because architects aren’t a legal requirement, it doesn’t me...Read More
Can I add an extension to a listed building?
Living in a listed building is a great privilege, but it can be limiting if you decide you’d like to add more space through a house extension or lo...Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
Barn conversions guide: planning permission, cost and ideas
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
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
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
How much does a side return extension cost?
A side return extension is a great way to increase the size of your kitchen without losing garden space. If you live in London you can expect to pa...Read More
What are the rules on house extensions?
We won’t lie to you, there are quite a few rules when it comes to building an extension. But this doesn’t have to put you off. Like any game, onc...Read More
Everything you need to know about basement conversions
So you’re considering a basement conversion, but not 100% sure whether your home is suitable, or if the end results are going to be right for your ...Read More
Single storey extension ideas under £30,000
When it comes to extending your home, you don’t have to break the bank to get amazing results. While some single storey extensions can cost upwards...Read More
How much does 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
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