basement extension finishedBasement extensions are becoming increasingly popular in the UK and the trend looks as if it will continue for some time yet. There has been a lot in the news over the past few years about wealthy property owners building mega basements, but even the less wealthy are turning to basement extensions to give them some much needed additional space in their homes. Continue reading

listed building requiring planning permissionIf you’re considering making improvements to a listed building, you need to know what permissions and approvals are required before you start any work. Properties become listed buildings due to being of historic or architectural interest, as decided by local planning authorities or Historic England. Continue reading

planning permission helpIf you’re planning to build a new property or make some significant changes to your current property, there’s a good chance you’re going to need to get planning permission. This article gives a basic guide to what you do and don’t need planning consent for and the easiest way to navigate your way through the ins and outs of getting your project approved. Continue reading

House Extension designed by MSKIf you love where you live but are finding that you could do with some extra space in your home, getting an Architect to design the perfect extension can not only give you a bit more room to breathe but also really transform your home into something very special.

There are many different ways to extend your home, including adding a conservatory, building extra rooms, converting a basement or doing a loft conversion. Continue reading

home improvementsThere are few amongst us who haven’t dreamt about making our own mark on our home to turn it into that absolute dream property. Whether just to make it perfect for ourselves and our families or to try and keep up with the Joneses, there are few of us who wouldn’t jump at the chance of home improvements if the opportunity arose.

If you’re lucky enough to be in the position to actually make those improvements happen, then, anything which helps to ensure that your project goes smoothly is invaluable Continue reading

project managed building workBuilding projects, be they large or small, are always endeavours which are more likely to yield impressive results if they are efficiently and effectively run throughout. It is for that reason that many people embarking upon such a project are tempted to try to take on as much of the responsibility for the project as they can themselves.

Whilst the idea that if you want a job done right you have to do it yourself is a fair one in many fields, however, in the case of a building project it can often prove counterproductive. Continue reading

Buckingham Palace LondonCities are in many ways defined by their skylines and by how iconic buildings create a lasting impression on anyone who has visited or even simply seen them.

There are few better examples of this than London, which is a city featuring world famous buildings from a plethora of different eras and architectural styles. Continue reading

residential to commercial developmentAre you considering changing a property you own from residential to commercial use? If so, it’s not as easy as just changing a bit of layout, there are much greater implications you need to consider, some of which are touched on below. It can get complicated however and it would be risky to try and navigate your way around the various laws and so on without the help of an architect experienced in this area. Continue reading

Architect at workWhether you’re planning a new build, a significant remodelling of an existing property or perhaps a renovation project, it’s likely that cost-efficiency and staying within budget is foremost in your mind. For that reason, and especially if you have a degree of expertise within the construction industry, you might be toying with the idea of doing without the expense of hiring an architect. Continue reading

small terraced housesFor those who live in smaller properties, trying to find enough space to store all of your belongings is often a daily struggle. With rent prices and the housing market as it is, too, upsizing is simply not an option for most. Storage solutions that help to make the most of the space which is available, therefore, are invaluable and the following represent five of the most innovative such solutions which could prove a godsend. Continue reading