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Our blog is the perfect place to delve into architectural topics and find out more about tricky subjects such as planning permission.

8 things to look out for to weed out the cowboy builders

There are thousands of building contractors out there. While most of them will be do a fine job, how can you tell the good from the bad? How do you spot a cowboy builder and avoid hiring them so that you don’t end up with a half-finished home and a second mortgage to put it…

8 things to look for in a good builder

Embarking on a new home build project or extension to your home? Congratulations! We know what an exciting time this can be and would hazard a guess that it’s been something you’ve been thinking about and planning for a while now. These things can take time to happen – between imaging how it could look…

What to consider when planning an annex

Everyone wants to have their independence, no matter how young or old they may be. Teenagers can’t wait to get their first taste of it and older parents stubbornly refuse to give theirs up. Sound familiar? The number of annexes for elderly parents is increasing, particularly in boroughs such as Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich where…

How to design the ideal open plan extension for your home

Open-plan living is increasingly popular as homeowners look to maximise their living space in the most cost-effective way they can. Moving home to get more space or a more modern home isn’t as easy as it used to be. Costs can quickly escalate, stress levels rise, and you may not want to leave a neighbourhood…

What is the best place for a roof lantern?

Letting in more light is something that many of us think about, particularly during the dreary, darker months. Some homes don’t get much to start with while others may have had a new extension added which resulted in some darker internal areas. Whatever the reasons for a darker home, roof lanterns are an excellent way…

Architecture in Greenwich

Think about Greenwich and the first thing that will pop into your mind will most likely be the National Maritime Museum building. It is a world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, and while it seems to dominate the architecture around Greenwich there is far more to the borough’s architectural history than just its famous museums and…

Architecture in Bromley

When you hear about Charles Darwin the first place that comes to mind is probably the Galapagos Islands. This is where he worked on his theory of natural selection while observing what are now the famous Darwin finches. But what does Darwin have to do with architecture in Bromley? Down House, on the edge of…

Architecture in Bexley

Look around you in Bexley Village and the first thing you will spot will likely be St Mary’s Church. Similarly, wander up towards Bexleyheath and you can’t miss Danson House and Stables – a Grade I listed Georgian mansion. Around it, a variety of architectural styles runs the gamut of design. Across the borough, the…

WHAT IS PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT?

If you are considering starting a construction project on your home and you’ve started carrying out some research, you might well have come across the term permitted development. To put it simply, permitted development is the building work that you are allowed to carry out on your premises without the need for prior planning consent.…

8 things to look out for to weed out the cowboy builders

There are thousands of building contractors out there. While most of them will be do a fine job, how can you tell the good from the bad? How do you spot a cowboy builder and avoid hiring them so that you don’t end up with a half-finished home and a second mortgage to put it…

8 things to look for in a good builder

Embarking on a new home build project or extension to your home? Congratulations! We know what an exciting time this can be and would hazard a guess that it’s been something you’ve been thinking about and planning for a while now. These things can take time to happen – between imaging how it could look…

What to consider when planning an annex

Everyone wants to have their independence, no matter how young or old they may be. Teenagers can’t wait to get their first taste of it and older parents stubbornly refuse to give theirs up. Sound familiar? The number of annexes for elderly parents is increasing, particularly in boroughs such as Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich where…

How to design the ideal open plan extension for your home

Open-plan living is increasingly popular as homeowners look to maximise their living space in the most cost-effective way they can. Moving home to get more space or a more modern home isn’t as easy as it used to be. Costs can quickly escalate, stress levels rise, and you may not want to leave a neighbourhood…

What is the best place for a roof lantern?

Letting in more light is something that many of us think about, particularly during the dreary, darker months. Some homes don’t get much to start with while others may have had a new extension added which resulted in some darker internal areas. Whatever the reasons for a darker home, roof lanterns are an excellent way…

Architecture in Greenwich

Think about Greenwich and the first thing that will pop into your mind will most likely be the National Maritime Museum building. It is a world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, and while it seems to dominate the architecture around Greenwich there is far more to the borough’s architectural history than just its famous museums and…

Architecture in Bromley

When you hear about Charles Darwin the first place that comes to mind is probably the Galapagos Islands. This is where he worked on his theory of natural selection while observing what are now the famous Darwin finches. But what does Darwin have to do with architecture in Bromley? Down House, on the edge of…

Architecture in Bexley

Look around you in Bexley Village and the first thing you will spot will likely be St Mary’s Church. Similarly, wander up towards Bexleyheath and you can’t miss Danson House and Stables – a Grade I listed Georgian mansion. Around it, a variety of architectural styles runs the gamut of design. Across the borough, the…

WHAT IS PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT?

If you are considering starting a construction project on your home and you’ve started carrying out some research, you might well have come across the term permitted development. To put it simply, permitted development is the building work that you are allowed to carry out on your premises without the need for prior planning consent.…