Archive for May 2015

Wandsworth Tightens Regulations on Basement Builds

Across London, basement extensions and conversions are facing increasing scrutiny. Back in December, I wrote about the limits the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea had placed on basements of two or more storeys below ground, banning 120 applications in the process. Westminster since tightened their regulations and now Wandsworth has followed suit. My opinion…

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Planning Approval in Wimbledon

Dyer Grimes Architecture has planning approval in Wimbledon. We’re delighted to have been granted planning permission by Merton Borough council to proceed with the addition of a side extension to a striking anti-modernist house in the West Wimbledon Conservation Area. The extension will be built using matching materials and workmanship to be largely indistinguishable from…

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Guest Blog: How Rob Hughes Maximises Your Chance for Planning Permission

In my career I’ve seen the planning process from every side and every angle as its gradually evolved from a comparatively straightforward process predicated by applied common sense into a growing checklist of national, local and site specific requirements that each demand detailed evidence from an ever increasing array of consultants. I started my professional…

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Guest Blog: Life of a Property Finder by Leonora from Searchwells

When you’re ill, you see a doctor. When your car breaks down, you see a mechanic. But when you buy a house – the most expensive and life changing purchase most ever make – you’ll probably try to do it yourself. Perhaps you’re trying to save money or perhaps you simply don’t know the service…

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Inspiring Architects: Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto was a Finnish architect and designer of interiors, furniture and objects. In his 50 year career spanning from the 1920s to the 70s he displayed a rare and complete mastery of materials – from wood and glass to concrete and brick – forever changing how each is implemented in both commercial and domestic…

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