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We don’t update our blog regularly, but we aim to publish information and advice that can stand the test of (some) time. Please see below the topics we write about and feel free to contribute your own articles, provided that they follow our guidelines.

Topics: Books of interest | Essential lists | Building Regulations | Inspiration



home extension costs

Extension drawings costs – what to consider

Before going into details, it's worth noting that building regulations approval is a different thing than planning permission. Where the latter is not mandatory, depending on the circumstances, the former is. All the work being done requires…
Why brick is an ideal material choice for a housing extension

Why brick is an ideal material choice for a housing extension

Extending your house is a huge task that requires a lot of planning, designing and detail to achieve that perfect addition to your existing home. A huge amount of time, effort and money goes into it, so it’s vital that information around…
walthamstow architects - buildings near Walthamstow market

Walthamstow architects for home extensions and loft conversions

Walthamstow is investing heavily in loft conversions lately and we happen to know more than a thing or two about how homeowners can benefit from converting their lofts into dormitories, personal offices and other purposes. During pandemic, this turned out to be a more common request than we envisioned.
planning permission books

How to get Planning Permission in 2021 (Essential Planning Permission Books)

Although we generally advise against homeowners trying to apply themselves for planning permission due to the complexity of regulations and the tediousness of dealing with Local Planning Authorities, we do believe it's a good idea for them to…
build awards

Build News awards – we received 3 for absolutely nothing

We wrote in the past about receiving an award from BUILD News Magazine for invented reasons. Unfortunately things haven't changed and we kept receiving awards, perhaps because we were the ones who were invited to pay. Someone asked us in…

Are Build Magazine Awards legit or scam?

Yesterday we received an email from Dan A. of BUILD Magazine (, previously congratulating us on our winning of one of their awards. It came out of the blue, he admits, and it was an interesting surprise for us,…
diy architecture books

The Experimental Architecture Of The Future (Video)

Cool video shows the MIT's cross-disciplinary approach that could be the next step to build the towers, office blocks, homes, and schools of the future using new technologies, materials and techniques. This is how some of the architecture of…
the roman triumph

The Architecture of the Roman Triumph: Monuments, Memory, and Identity

The Architecture of the Roman Triumph: Monuments, Memory, and Identity by Maggie Popkin offers the first critical study of the architecture of the Roman triumph, ancient Rome's most important victory ritual. The triumph was an elaborate…
diy architecture books

DIY architecture books for home extensions and renovations

These DIY architecture books are generally meant for the inexperienced but we believe it's safe to say that even those who do have some degree of experience with architectural drawings or construction works would greatly benefit from these,…