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Latest Blogs

  • Trying to Make an Old House Suit Modern Living

    Posted by Lindsey Davis on Wednesday 23rd July 2014

    Old homes just don't want to suit modern life, and why should they?

  • Its Been A Long Time......

    Posted by Olli Blair on Tuesday 22nd July 2014

    Its been a long time since I last posted here which in itself is a long story. One for another day and another post. This evening, after the heat was fading from a blistering day of sunshine, the four of us wandered down the track from the house we're renting to inspect...

  • Pre-Planning to Planning Application

    Posted by Joe Shimbart on Saturday 12th July 2014

    My pre-planning application was submitted April 2014. This is not an essential part of the planning process however we decided it would be valuable and help smooth and ease the design process. The results certainly suggested it was a well worthwhile exercise.

  • Not All Loft Conversions Need To Be Ugly!

    Posted by Ben Holland on Tuesday 8th July 2014

    Converting your loft could be the best home improvement you can make in terms of value for money and increasing your living space. But the problem is they are often poorly designed and the end result can be an eyesore that really detracts from the original property. At Holland...

  • Custom Build: Have we Been Here Before

    Posted by David Snell on Monday 7th July 2014

    After half a century in the industry, custom build and the provision of serviced plots is nothing new to David Snell, but it’s an idea more than worthy of a revival according to the self build sage Garlic bread. It’s the future.” Comedian Peter Kay’s rather deprecating joke may...

  • Site Visit and Sketch Scheme

    Posted by Joe Shimbart on Friday 4th July 2014

    In the next couple of blogs I will try to catch you up to where things are now and you will see some sketches and drawings of what I hope to build. The design process took some time as lots of ideas and thoughts were discussed and considered. While I had hoped things would be...

  • Will it all be Worth it?

    Posted by Natasha Brinsmead on Friday 4th July 2014

    People keep saying, “It will all be worth it when it is finished.” Really? Will it? Other favourites include: “You’ll look back and laugh” and “Just look at the potential!” Hmmm, hard when you come home from picking up the children to a kitchen covered in rubble and cement, a...

  • Loft Conversions and Building Regulation Woes

    Posted by Lindsey Davis on Thursday 3rd July 2014

    Building regs are getting in the way of Lindsey's home improvements

  • How, Who and Why!

    Posted by Joe Shimbart on Sunday 29th June 2014

    I had known for some time before I started to search for a plot I wanted to construct an oak framed house. This was yet another factor to consider in the search for a plot. There are so many options when it comes to house building and I spent a lot of time looking at a variety...

  • A Radical Approach to Planning

    Posted by Jason Orme on Friday 27th June 2014

    There was an interesting argument made by the Architect and blogger Karl Sharro on Radio 4's Four Thought Show on Wednesday night. In it, he put forward a relatively simple but astonishingly radical view — that we should be able to build what we want, when we want.