Entries by NJ Architects

Planning permission: the complete guide

What is planning permission, when do you need it, and how to you get it? Our guide explains all. The planning permission process is in place to prevent unlawful development. It’s also the key that turns a piece of land into a viable building plot; it’s an essential part of any self-build project. Planning permission […]

Home extensions: Dos and Don’ts

An extension is the perfect way to get extra space without having to move – if you can get it right. We look at home major dos and don’ts to extending your home. Adding an extension isn’t simply a case of tacking new rooms onto your home. You must think carefully about how old and […]

Historic new home for SG Wealth Management’s Ipswich team

SG Wealth Management (SGWM), Chartered Financial Planners, have recently relocated their Ipswich team into new premises – but it’s no ordinary office! ‘Merchant House’ in the town’s Silent Street is, as the name suggests, a 16th century timber framed medieval merchant’s house – however, the building was originally situated elsewhere in the town. Some years […]

How to convert your loft

Before beginning your loft conversion, you may need to understand exactly what it will involve and how it will affect the design of your home. This step-by-step guide shows the 6 key things to consider when deciding whether or not a loft conversion is the right way to add more space to your property. Make […]

7 essential tips for emerging architecture professionals

It can be daunting to go from studying architecture at university to being out in the real world. You’ll start asking questions like “What firm should I go to?” or “Do I know enough to work on a project that will actually be built?” Don’t worry – this is completely normal. But to help you […]

DCP sandcastle competition winners!

Nine companies from East Anglia swapped the tools of trade for buckets and spades at Frinton’s annual sandcastle building competition. This year’s theme was to build a landmark for Frinton fitting within a 25 square metre plot. The finished sandcastle had to be unsupported and only feature items found on the beach that day – […]

New cash injection saves cinema at risk

A project to restore one of the country’s oldest Grade II* Listed cinemas has been saved from collapse after a £550,000 cash injection. The renovation of the Electric Palace in Harwich was put on hold in January after contractors found small amounts of asbestos in the roof which, due to its location, was going to […]

6 home design ideas to inspire you

If you’re planning some home improvements, or want to build from scratch, there are so many great home design ideas worth looking into. Whether you’re looking to add some architectural interest, or you’d like to add some wow-factor in transforming where you live, we’ve got six design ideas that could (and should!) inspire you. 1. […]

Construction companies are embracing drones

Drones have become commercially viable by being used across many different sectors. This is particularly in the construction industry, where advantages include improved project monitoring and the reduction of safety risks. In the nearby future, the construction industry market is estimated to reach £10 billion and drone use is expected to grow with it. Here, […]