Knowing the planning rules

Our Designer Beverley talks about the need to fully understand planning policies “If you think you have found a potential building plot or an old property to demolish and replace you need to be aware of national and local planning policies. National Policy is fixed but Local Policy varies and it’s risky to make assumptions about what you can build or indeed if you can build”,

Masonry still first choice

Our Materials Manager Dan examines the popularity of modern masonry construction Hi I’m Dan, Materials Manager at Design & Materials since 1986. Over the years I’ve seen some important developments in masonry products. The two that, in my view, have had most impact on the end-user are solid upper floors (allowing solid walls throughout) and modern airtight, high-performance cavity insulation. Our clients tell us their new homes have that unmistakable ‘feel’ of quietness, comfort and permanence you only get with a solid structure.

People on the move

Our Project Coordinator Ian considers why so many are looking to 2016 to start their build Hello I’m Ian Watson, Project Coordinator at Design & Materials for 20 years. There are many individuals who obtain planning permission but, for a variety of reasons, delay the build. Recently I have received a significant number of enquiries from such individuals looking to get their project moving again. Perhaps an indication that people feel 2016 is a good time to build.

Current design trends

Our Materials Manager Dan examines the popularity of modern masonry construction Head of Design Beverley looks at current trends in house design Hello I’m Beverley Pemberton, Head of Design at Design & Materials. When I’m designing a bespoke home for new clients my objective is to marry together all the relevant factors; the clients’ aspirations and pattern of living, the plot, the planning criteria, surrounding buildings and last but not least the budget. So as you would expect every project is unique to each individual client.