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Industry news, a selection of our latest projects and some useful information.

Ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) use pipes that are buried in the garden to extract heat from the ground.  This heat can then be used to heat radiators, underfloor or warm air heating systems and hot water in your home. There has been a lot of...

At Acre Design, we often find that when our clients are building a self-build home, home extension or renovation, the garden design is left until last. You probably have a long list of things to plan and consider including: bathrooms, kitchens, materials, fixtures and fittings,...

Choosing an architect for your project is a big decision. So, we put together this list of 11 key questions to ask before deciding if the architect is the right fit for you...

 We know that the world of Architecture is full of some confusing jargon. So, we wrote this jargon buster to help clarify a few of the terms your architect may use. We hope that you find it helpful! Please do let us know if there's...

Thankfully, as a country we are becoming more and more environmentally conscious. As we know, it is critical to protect the environment so as to reduce the destruction of eco-systems. It is more of a moral obligation for humans to protect the environment from pollution and other...

Why do we love a fireplace?  More and more of our clients are opting for a striking fireplace or hearth. Our post on inspiring design ideas  discusses the idea of Hygee. If you haven’t already read about the Danish idea of Hygge (pronounced “hoo-ga”), get reading....

Having completed over 400 house extension projects in Newcastle and the North East, The Team @ Acre Design have seen it all! If you need extra space (bedroom/s, living space or that luxury kitchen, diner and lounge, for example) how can you avoid some common...

What do the updated Permitted Development Rights mean for you and your extension plans?You may not be aware but the Government's 'Larger Home Extension Scheme' has now been made permanent in England. Previously, this was a temporary scheme, applying to developments completed before 30th May....

We love designing self-builds, who are we kidding… we love designing full stop. But, if you are lucky enough to be able to build your dream home from scratch, it doesn’t get much more exciting.Developing a detailed brief with your architect is an essential stage...