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Permitted Development

A Guide to Permitted Development Rules – Find out what you can do to your home without the need for planning permission Whether you’re simply looking to improve your existing house or carry out major works to one you’re intending to buy, it pays to understand the scope of the available Permitted Development (PD) rights. They are granted in the form of […]

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Extensions Design Guide

1. Reconfigure What’s There As well as adding new space, reconfiguring the existing room arrangement to create the optimum layout for making the best use of natural light, views, access to the garden and drive, and to improve privacy, is crucial to making the new extension work. Internal walls and doorways can be added or removed to achieve the space […]

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The Complete Guide to Planning Permission

The Complete Guide to Planning Permission Does your project require planning permission and if so how do you apply? What is planning permission? Construction of new buildings and extensive changes to existing buildings usually requires consent from the local planning authority in the form of planning permission. This planning system is designed to control inappropriate development. When do I need planning […]

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2016 – Home Design Trends – Internal Glazing

Internal Glazing Extending views through the house, the use of internal glazing has gained in popularity with 2015’s crop of houses. Allowing light to reach into even the most central sections of the floorplan, incorporating internal glazing can offer glimpses of adjacent rooms and create the illusion of space and volume. Whether you run a series of clerestory windows between […]

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2016 Home Design Trends – Hidden Lighting

Hidden Lighting While bringing natural light into the home is a recurring theme, it can be easy to forget how important achieving a well-balanced artificial lighting scheme can be — many treating this element of the design as an after-thought, placing a few pendants and downlights wherever there’s space. Consideration of your home’s lighting should be planned out well in […]

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2016 Home Design Trends – Timber Cladding

Timber Cladding Versatile, rustic and lending warmth, timber has become the go-to material for those seeking to bring texture to their projects — both inside and out. Whether it’s dark-stained pine (above) to add contrast and help the home to blend in with its surroundings, rough sawn oak left to weather to a silver grey (below), birch, western red cedar, […]

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2016 Home Design Trends – Creative Concrete

Creative Concrete Whether it’s shuttered, polished or even replica (one project featured cementitious resin as a flooring — a lower-cost alternative to polished flooring and softer underfoot), concrete has become the favourite raw material of choice for homeowners looking to introduce industrial style to their projects. Used sparingly throughout Jake Edgley’s winning project (shown above), with a pairing of polished […]

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