Architecture articles, tips & information

​Extra space and style: homify’s best loft room ideas

Apart from extensions, loft conversions are the best way to gain more interior space and functionality. Regardless of whether you require an extra bedroom, a study, or a play space for the kiddies, a loft extension is sure to be worth the effort and…

12 July, 2018

​Create a focal point with an exposed brick wall

Until the middle of the 20th century, lots of buildings and exterior walls were constructed with bricks due to their strength, durability and easy installation process. Sometimes these bricks were covered with plaster to ensure a smoother appearance.

​What not to do when building a conservatory

Adding a conservatory to your home can be one of the most fun building projects. Not to mention what it can do for your house’s value. Conservatories can provide you with a lot of different options, from an extra space to sit and read to a formal ent…

07 June, 2018

​Kerb appeal: The best front door ideas

They say that first impressions are everything. Here on homify we full-heartedly agree, which is why we are always on the lookout for ways in which your house can flaunt an impressive first impression.

05 June, 2018

​Window design ideas for styling your home

Sometimes a quick wash and wipe-down will do the trick, other times it’s up to a full-on replacement. We are, of course, talking about windows and how selecting the right one(s) can influence your home’s style, price, and ambience.

22 April, 2018

​What to consider when choosing a front door

More than any other element that forms part of your house’s façade, the front door has the power to immediately attract attention. For both guests and passersby, the look of that front entry can do a lot to add to (or detract from) your home’s overal…

30 March, 2018

​Planning permission: Do you need it?

In a perfect world, everyone would be allowed to break and build to their hearts’ content, with no regards for rules or regulations – or would they? Is planning permission really a strict guide on “what not to do” to keep us in tow, or is it there to…

29 March, 2018

Understanding cavity wall insulation

Every homeowner hears a lot about cavity wall insulation, but knowing what it is, why it's so essential and how it can benefit a home are essential factors in deciding whether to replace or install it.

28 March, 2018

Clever (and stylish) ideas for loft conversions

Thinking about increasing your home’s legroom? Although extensions and add-ons are quite the popular choices, what’s one to do if there’s no space in the yard and garden for an additional room? Simple: one goes up!Yes, loft conversions have proven qu…

15 March, 2018

A guide to all things windows

You cant have a house without windows, unless of course you want to build something of a prison! The thing about windows is that they are a practical, necessary addition, but they don't have to be boring, as there are so many different styles to choo…

28 February, 2018