Four steps to plan and design a house extension

Extending your property is a good way to get extra space, add value to your home and improve your lifestyle. For someone that has never been involved in the construction industry, building an extension is a big undertaking.

There are numerous steps involved, as well as lots to think about and do. However, as with so many things in life, with the right advice and support building an extension is far easier than you think.

All you have to do is to break the process down into smaller, more manageable steps, which is what we have done for you below. Following our advice will ensure that the extension you build will be 100% legal, well built, fit for purpose and affordable.

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What is the Value of Architecture to the UK Economy?

The UK economy is a diverse one. All kinds of industries contribute to the economic well-being of the nation, including the architecture sector.

Here we explain just how big a contribution those who work in this industry make to the health of the UK economy. We guarantee that you will be surprised by just how much income this relatively small group of people generates for the nation.

Where the figures come from

The majority of the statistics we are using in this article are from the Creative Industries Economic Estimates report from January 2015. This report, produced by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, is used to help decision makers to make funding and development decisions.

Some surprising facts

The contribution the creative industries make to the economy is rarely discussed in the press. This means that the report makes for interesting reading and uncovers some surprising facts about the creative industries as a whole, as well as about architecture.

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Award winning designers rethink the house

The Design a Beautiful House Competition aims to encourage new ideas and concepts in house design. It encourages designers, artists and students to rethink the concept of the house, how it is designed and how it functions.

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New Manchester hospital plans submitted

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UK architects remain optimistic about the future

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World monuments at risk warns report

The World Monument Fund has expressed concern about buildings that are at risk.

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The growth of micro houses

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Plans for new cancer centre go on public display

Plans for a new 11-floor cancer centre are to go on public display in the (more…)

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