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To Move Or Improve?

For many families and couples there comes a time when their home starts to feel fairly small. Whether the reason is because they require more bedrooms or extra space downstairs, considering whether to move or extend can be a tricky decision to make. At Arc Design Services, we’ve put together a few factors to consider when deciding which choice is the right one for you!

Top Tips To Create A Summerhouse Retreat

Tucked away at the bottom of the garden, a summerhouse provides a great focal point for you to enjoy time with your friends and family or even as a peaceful escape. At Arc Design Services, we’ve put together a few tips to help you design the perfect hideaway.

Top Tips To Add Value To Your Home

For many of us, our home is one of our greatest assets and to capitalise on that investment definitely makes sense. If you're considering improving your home, before you bring in the builders it may be a good idea to find out whether a home improvement will add value to your property. Make sure that the cost doesn't outweigh the profit.

Why there’s no better time to extend your home

With the changes to the planning system and permitted development over recent years there’s no better time to extend your home to create the home and space you need. In a recent article by the Nationwide the Nationwide House Price Index Special Report 6th Sept 2012 looked at the value of improvements made to an average 3 bedroom house and adding an extension or converting your loft on your home could increase its value by almost a quarter.

Energy Efficiency for under £50,000?

Believe it or not you can build your own home for under £50,000! This has been proven by a Cardiff Architect who won the National Self Build Association’s ‘Self build on a shoestring’ design competition, with a £41,000 self build home! However, can building on a shoe string still be energy efficient? The architect from this competition used straw bales to line and insulate the house, which are one cost effective option.

Appeal hearings to get a digital makeover!

Planning appeal hearings will no longer be kept behind closed doors. As it has been announced this month new guidance will be put in place to allow planning appeal hearings to be “filmed, tweeted and reported”.

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