Archive for November 2016

Four Tips to Help You Settle In to a New Home

As someone who moved six times in as many years, I’ve become something of an expert in what it takes to make a house feel like a home as quickly as possible. There’s always a period when you first move into a property where it feels like a hotel or someone else’s house, especially in…

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Why Self Builds Take an Extra Year to be Truly Complete

When is a build complete? As is often the case in construction, this is a simple question with a very complicated answer. Or, more accurately, two complicated answers: the build is complete when the Practical Completion Certificate is issued, or the build is complete when the defects period is over. The Practical Completion Certificate is…

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Marie Interview, Part Two: How One Wall Caused So Much Trouble

When Marie was handed the keys to her newly renovated home, we thought that – aside from some final bits of polish – our work on the build was complete. But the recent addition of a wall to the front of the house has us helping Marie again, this time to prevent her from falling…

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Planning Approval for State of the Art New Build on Undeveloped Site in Wimbledon

Dyer Grimes Architecture has planning approval to construct a brand new, cutting-edge, contemporary house on a site that was previously the garden of the neighbouring property, containing nothing but a swimming pool and some sheds. The local area has a precedent for stunning contemporary new builds, including a neighbouring property. We successfully demonstrated to Merton…

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