Love it or list it, move or improve?

2020 has begun as 2019 ended - at least here in East Anglia, with cold, wet and windy weather though daytime hours slowly increasing as spring approaches. What caught our eye over Christmas and New Year were some figures about the cost of moving and the cost of improving. Obviously these are national figures and [...]

By |2020-01-14T15:35:24+00:00January 14th, 2020|Planning, Residential|0 Comments

What does a single storey extension cost?

The short answer is: anything you want to pay! The longer, more nuanced, answer is: it all depends. Depends on your location, the availability of architects, builders and craftsmen (and women), as well as size of extension, the materials being used and the amount of glazing. There are though some guideline figures: We asked David [...]

By |2020-01-09T08:49:19+00:00January 9th, 2020|Residential|0 Comments

Co-living – a vision of the future or a passing fad?

Co-living is a relatively new term. We've all experienced it in childhood and family life - the concept that we all have our bedrooms but share kitchen, dining and living spaces. It usually continues until we flee the nest for work or university where shared living often continues as a student. The bedsit, shared kitchen [...]

By |2019-12-20T11:17:02+00:00December 20th, 2019|Residential|0 Comments

Do I Need Planning Permission When Building an Extension?

Do I Need Planning Permission When Building an Extension? is a question we sometimes get asked at Envision CAD and there is no simple Yes or No. Unless you live in a conservation area or one of the UK's 15 National Parks, you may be able to extend under Permitted Development. What is PD? Under [...]

By |2019-12-06T16:28:08+00:00December 6th, 2019|Planning, Residential|0 Comments

Any room at the Inn?

With pumpkins being a forlorn orange memory, now, retailers and yourselves may be turning your mind (reluctantly?) to Christmas. It's hard to avoid in Norwich itself with the light tunnel attracting its annual crowds to walk its length to the Forum. Supermarkets seem to be stacked with plastic tubs of chocolates at their entrances and [...]

By |2019-11-20T15:18:51+00:00November 20th, 2019|Residential|0 Comments

The rise of WFH – Working From Home

One trend has become very obvious in recent years - Working From Home. You may notice it where you live? 30 years ago, most people left their homes to work. 20 years ago, the pattern was changing but now, did you know, a third of the UK population work regularly from home? Even more impressive [...]

By |2019-11-12T09:06:34+00:00November 12th, 2019|Residential|0 Comments

How the humble kitchen has evolved

Like many counties in the UK, Norfolk and Suffolk have a broad range of architectural periods in property.  Take Norwich, for example. Certain properties in the city centre date back to the 13th century, like Stranger's Hall. There's examples too of  residential homes on the historic Elm Hill being built in the 17th century. On [...]

By |2019-11-11T10:52:12+00:00November 11th, 2019|Norwich, Planning, Residential|0 Comments

A Norwich social housing project wins accolades

As an architectural planning company firmly rooted in Norfolk, with headquarters in Norwich, Envision CAD were seriously delighted when the city made national headlines for its new social housing estate. We will post a link to the articles later, but if you're uncertain what the hullabaloo is all about let us summarise: Social housing provision [...]

By |2019-10-11T09:41:05+00:00October 11th, 2019|Residential|0 Comments

Greta Thunberg and house building

It comes to something when a remarkable 16 year old Swedish girl with Asperger's Syndrome rises to such media prominence. One for her climate action and two for her fearless challenges of those in power. Did you see that withering stare to the President of the USA which made headlines globally? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmXOPrCr_F4 Whether you [...]

By |2019-09-25T08:16:24+00:00September 25th, 2019|Residential|0 Comments

Is a garden room a worthwhile investment?

Depending on your linguistic preferences, you may call a garden room a conservatory, an orangery or a garden room. Whatever you name it, however, you will find that you're spoilt for choice with companies who offer that service. So is there a difference between the three names and which one would best suit your circumstances, [...]

By |2019-09-13T10:44:19+00:00September 13th, 2019|Residential|0 Comments