Your renovation may be a simple knock through or a bog-standard extension at the back. Whatever the project you are about to embark on, you will need to consider whether or not you need an architect and if you do, how you find the best one for the job.Read More
If you’re looking to build your own custom home, you will find that your financing options are different from buying a finished property. Traditional high-street lenders will only lend on properties that are completed and habitable, so you will have to look elsewhere for funding if you don’t have cash assets to fund your build.
In this blog, we’ll discuss the various custom build options, and how they impact funding.Read More
In today's blog, we're down in Poole, specifically Hamworthy, a little place just outside Poole, at the Houseboat. You may have seen this in magazines, it's been captured by the press. It's an amazing house, was built by my father Roger Zogolovitch and designed by Mole Architects and Rebecca Granger.
I'm getting my dad Roger to walk us around, so hopefully that will give you kind of an interesting idea.
If you are an architect or someone who is interested in becoming a property developer, it's difficult to know where to start and who to talk to.
There are plenty of opportunities out there - as Colm Lacey, of Brick by Brick, the Croydon private developer said, "architects are pretty much the only people who can develop these sites. Berkeley Homes aren't going to do it. Barratt's aren't going to do it, so don't stop and don't be afraid of going at it. There will be challenges along the way but it's not necessarily a challenge you won't be able to solve."Read More
Today we're touring a beautiful new house in Streatham. You can see Streatham Common stretching for a number of acres, next to the park on a very interesting road, full of late 19th century early 20th century housing up and down.
The story of this site is that originally it was some garages. It was pretty traditional for these big houses at the front to have garages, which eventually fell into disrepair and disuse.
At least 130,000 homes could be built on London’s unused publicly owned land. But finding and then acquiring these surplus sites remains a problem two years after the London Land Commission published its register.
Availability of land emerged as the most difficult challenge facing small developers at the ‘How to Develop Small Sites’ Archiboo and Rare Space conference, held in London in April 2018.Read More