Archive for November 2014

Professional Bliss: Designing a Home to Work In

The number of us working from home is growing by the year. According to the latest figures, almost 14% of UK workers have given up rainy mornings and crowded commutes for the comfort of a home office. We can expect that number to grow as technology continues to ease business communication and customer reach, making…

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Ask an Architect: Countryside Homes and Paragraph 55

Alan from Surrey asks, “For some years, I’ve been sitting on a rural site with tremendous potential but its proximity to a Green Belt makes it risky for development. I understand Paragraph 55 grants exceptions in cases such as mine but how does it work?” Building a new home in the countryside is desirable because…

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Are London Luxury Home Prices Plummeting?

Recent figures from property consultants Strutt and Parker suggested a drop in luxury property value at around 20%, sparking concern amongst estate agents and homeowners alike after CNBC published the findings. But data alone doesn’t tell the whole story, or any story at all. We reached out to London property expert Jeremy McGivern – founder…

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Basements Are Brilliant – Why is Kensington and Chelsea Blocking Them?

Amongst widespread resident concern, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have frozen development on 120 applications for basement extensions while they examine a new policy to be finalised in December. If passed, the proposals will ban basements extending below one storey underground and limit the extent to which they can expand beneath the garden.…

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