Entries by NJ Architects

Building the country back to health

We currently have Boris Johnson chanting “Build. Build. Build.” The government’s plan to rebuild the economy through investment in new infrastructure makes sense – the construction supply chain is extensive, so every new hospital, school and road brings thousands of employment opportunities. It works at the domestic level also. A home improvement at a first […]

Our guide to green mortgages

Since publishing its Clean Growth Strategy in 2017, the government has been encouraging mortgage lenders to develop green mortgage products. The idea was to develop cheaper mortgages which take account of the lower lending risk associated with more energy-efficient properties. Lenders offering green mortgages offer preferential terms if you buy an energy efficient home, or […]

Our guide to a self-build mortgage

If you’re considering taking out a self-build mortgage, this guide explains all – from when funds are released, the documentation needed, to the interest rates you can expect. A self-build mortgage is specifically designed to aid self-builders in building their own home. Instead of funds being released in a lump sum upon completion like traditional […]

Designing a home office

This year has shown a magnificent rise in working from home. Although many have gone back to the office, there are still a large proportion of people who have remained working from home, and will permanently. While working from home diminishes the commute to and from work, and makes some people work more productively, it […]

Planning permission in a conservation area

Undertaking a home building, extension or renovation project will have significant implications for your project from a planning perspective. This subject is particularly relevant in London and historic cities such as Bath, Oxford, Durham etc, where conservation areas are widespread. Am I in a conservation area? You’ll need to begin by doing a conservation area […]

A beginner’s guide to barn conversions

A barn can provide the perfect shell in creating your home. These large and often very solid structures give the opportunity to create a house with big expanses of space and high ceilings. And by retaining the original form and structure, it adds character, history and charm to your otherwise modern home. 1. Where can […]

9 ways to make your home eco-friendly

As time goes on, many of us are becoming more environmentally conscious. Being eco-friendly not only helps you contribute to a sustainable environment, it can also save you money. Here are nine ways you can make your home a more eco-friendly place. 1. Install a smart meter Your heating is one of the biggest ways […]

How to build a house for under £150,000

Building your own home is likely to be the largest expenditure of your life, but it doesn’t need to be prohibitively expensive. Many self-builders have managed to build a home that meets their needs for under £150,000. But in order to bring your dream to life on a tight budget, you need to make some […]

Brighten up a room with a splash of colour

There is a current trend in adding a splash of colour to a room to give it some brightness. Here are just a few ideas to give you inspiration on how you can do so: A feature wall Paint one wall of a room a different colour to all of the other walls, ideally in […]