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Useful Information

Undertaking a building project of any size can be a highly stressful and time-consuming process.  It is always good to do as much preparation and planning as possible before starting this process, especially before the project starts on site.  

The following links contain useful information on different areas of a project:

Potential Project Costs

Real Homes Extension Cost Calculator

Real Homes Renovation Cost Guidance

Ideal Homes’ article on self-build advice

Build It’s Self Build Cost Calculator

Design Inspiration

Houzz can be a useful source of design inspiration especially at an early stage of a project.

Pinterest is a social media platform with loads of inspiration images to give great design ideas for a building project.  It acts as an online pinboard or mood board and can be a great source of inspiration for your building project.

Homify is an online platform featuring home ideas, inspiration, interior design, architecture and DIY projects.  They also have online magazine articles regarding extension and renovation projects.

Instagram is a photo and video-sharing social network.  This contains design ideas / inspiration for every type of building and renovation project.  It is also useful to track people's renovation journeys as they progress.


RIBA guide to Working with an Architect For Your Home

RIBA Plan of Works which contains details on all the key stages of an architectural project 

RIBA Plan of Work 2020 Overview

Planning Process

The Planning Portal website contains useful information and guidance on the planning process

The Planning Portal website has produced a guide into the fees for planning applications in England.

The Homebuilding & Renovating website contains lots of helpful guidance on Permitted Developments Rights that are useful for extensions and other types of projects.

The Homebuilding & Renovating website provides a helpful guide with more in-depth information on the planning process.

Building Regulations

The Planning Portal website provides an overview of the Building Regulations.

Building Regulations are the minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to every building.  The regulations are developed by the UK government and approved by Parliament.

The Approved Documents provide guidance and support to meet the Building Regulations.

Party Walls

Guidance on Party Wall Matters

Structural Engineers

The Institution of Structural Engineers is a UK based professional body for qualifications and standards in structural engineering.

CDM (Construction Design Management)

Construction Design & Management Regulations 2015 provides changes to the health & safety obligations for clients, contractors, and designers during a construction project.