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Your pride, your joy. Your ‘Grand Designs’ moment. We understand that your home is much more than your dwelling – it’s where you create memories and build your future. We’re here to help you realise your new building projects, whether its a loft conversion for the newest family member, or an extension so you can build a beautiful kitchen island.

Here at Arkiplan, we specialise in providing you were quick, cost-effective and easy, online extension drawings for your building projects. We’ve providing over 3000 customers with their drawings, so you can trust us to deliver.

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InspirationYour home

6 Ideas for Creating the Perfect Work From Home Space

Working from home has become the norm, one that will continue long-after the global pandemic dissipates. No matter how long your working from home stint may be, it is important to set up a designated space to get your work done. Your work area needs to be a comfortable space that promotes productivity. Here are our top tips for creating a work from home space that is both functional and helps you get more done. Choose a Dedicated Space While working from home, you may be tempted to spend the day sitting on the sofa or even lying in bed…
Dave
1st April 2021
ExtensionsNew buildsYour home

How To Get Building Control Approval

There are two ways to get Building Control Approval - which is best for you?   If you are in the planning phase of building or renovating a home, the need for Building Control Approval has probably entered your radar. This approval is essential for any build or renovation. The Building Regulations look at the construction standards to ensure all structures comply with the minimum standards of health and safety and conservation. While the regulations remain the same throughout England and Wales - each application must go through the relevant local authority. There are different ways to get approval. This…
Dave
3rd March 2021
ExtensionsNew buildsYour home

Everything you need to know about the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

If you are building a new house or adding an extension to your current home, you have come to the right place. Arkiplan is here to help you through the beginning phase of this process, starting with what you need to know about the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). This charge is imposed by certain local authorities in England and Wales, to assist in maintaining and improving the local infrastructure that your build could impact. While this levy is a well-thought-out solution for areas where builds are taxing on the existing infrastructure, the impact on people building new homes or extending…
Dave
5th February 2021
InspirationYour home

The Pros and Cons of Using an Online Architect

Online architectural services are on the rise. Using the services of an online architect carries many benefits to those looking to expand or improve their living and/or workspace. That said, it’s important to make informed decisions when selecting a service provider - Begging the Question, what are the Pros and Cons of Using an Online Architect? The current pandemic has had a role to play, with many customers in a pinch looking to cut costs wherever possible. Related lockdowns and social distancing boost the attraction of virtual services for every possible situation. Working from home has become commonplace - a…
Dave
15th January 2021
InspirationLoft conversionsYour home

Interior Design Tips For Your Loft Conversion

We recently teamed up with the wonderful people at My Bespoke Room so we asked them for their top interior design tips for our Loft Conversion clients.   What to consider when designing a loft conversion Loft conversions are an incredible solution to creating more space in your home as your family grows. However, these tricky spaces come with many design challenges! We’ve outlined here some of our favourite tricks and tips that we follow when designing these spaces for our clients and we hope they’ll be useful to you! At My Bespoke Room, it’s our job to bridge the…
Dave
2nd December 2020
ExtensionsInspirationYour home

Interior Design Tips For Your Extension

We recently teamed up with the wonderful people at My Bespoke Room so we asked them for their top interior design tips for our Extension clients.   What to consider when designing an extension Sometimes a blank canvas can be the most daunting! It’s very common to feel a bit overwhelmed with ideas and the pressure to get the most from a new extension. In this guide we’ll take you through the most important factors to consider when designing your dream extension and the most common mistakes to avoid!  Our biggest piece of advice is to get the design and…
Dave
2nd December 2020
InspirationSustainable & RenewableYour home

These Three Types of Plants Can Transform Your Living Space

Your home is your sanctuary, your refuge and it’s meant to bring you both comfort and delight. How you design and style your home is really important and this includes the greenery! The addition of houseplants can transform your home entirely and are not only strikingly beautiful, but they’re also good for your health! They have the ability to change our mood, making us feel more relaxed and calm to build a home into a  sanctuary. When plants breathe they release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, cleaning and purifying the air.   Here are three types of houseplants that can…
Dave
5th November 2020
Your home

5 Quarantine Home Improvement Ideas

With the whole nation on lockdown, many people are wondering how they are going to keep themselves busy indoors for the foreseeable future. If you must stay inside for long periods of time, you might as well use the time constructively. What better time to focus on home improvements? Not only will you fill your time constructively, stay active and get on top of your to-do list but you will also create a much nicer environment for your stint in quarantine. Continue reading for Quarantine home improvement ideas.     Quarantine Home Improvement Idea 1: Spring Clean There has never…
Dave
26th May 2020
InspirationYour home

Creating the Perfect Sanctuary at Home

Coronavirus lockdown is a stressful time for many; money worries, health concerns, kids at home, home working, food shortages and concerns for vulnerable relatives all play their part in heightening our stress levels before we’ve even left the house for our daily one-form-of-exercise. Now, more than ever, is the ideal time to start creating the perfect home sanctuary to retreat from the concerns of daily life. These tips will help you get started on a project that will save your sanity through quarantine and beyond.   Creating the perfect sanctuary Tip 1: Dedicate a space Those who live alone in…
Dave
26th May 2020
InspirationYour home

How to Add Value to Your Property

Most people view their property as an investment. Even if you think of it as your forever home, it is still an asset that will one day be passed on to your loved ones. Whilst property prices do tend to rise over time, there are plenty of additions and adjustments you can make to your home that will add value and see you reap a greater return on your investment when it comes to selling. There’s something for all budgets with our top tips for adding value to your property… Resolve structural issues Structural issues will devalue your house. Fixing…
Dave
26th May 2020
ExtensionsGarden roomsLoft conversionsYour home

10 Home Improvements Without Planning Permission

We all know planning can be a nightmare. There’s plenty of horror stories circulating with the power to put you off home improvement projects for life. The good news is there’s plenty of improvements you can make to your home without ever having to seek planning permission. Here’s 10 ideas to get you started… 1. A Garden Room As long as you stay within permitted development rules, you can get a garden room without planning permission. The key here is that you don’t plan to use it as a separate sleeping area or an annexe. If you do decide it…
Dave
26th May 2020
InspirationYour home

Don’t Move, Improve! Renovation Ideas for your Existing Home

Research by home insurance company LV has revealed that, last year, a massive 15 million homeowners made the decision to transform their current home into their forever home instead of moving. For many, renovations to their existing home is the perfect solution when they can’t afford the expense of moving up the property ladder. It can be incredibly difficult to find the perfect forever home, without having to put some work in to turn it to your taste. So, why not stay put and give your current home some TLC instead? Here’s some renovation ideas and inspiration for creating your…
Dave
26th May 2020
InspirationNew buildsSustainable & RenewableYour home

Boosting Sustainability in Your Projects

Environmental decline is a huge issue which is capturing the attention of people worldwide. As such, people are increasingly looking for ways to be kinder to the planet in all areas of their lives and looking into boosting sustainability in projects. We find that more people are looking to add some sustainable elements to their home extensions or build, as this is the perfect time to incorporate them. Here we have a few tips for those looking to be more sustainable in their own home improvement projects.   Upcycling Upcycling is the art of taking old pieces of furniture and…
Dave
26th May 2020
ExtensionsYour home

Do I Need a Structural Engineer for My Extension?

If you’re embarking on your first home extension project, you may be confused about all the different professionals you may need to involve – architects, builders, structural engineers. What is the difference and which of these do you actually need? Continue reading for more information on what a structural engineer is and if you will need one. What is a structural engineer? Specialising in just a few key areas, a structural engineer may be required if your building project affects the structure of your property in some way. This includes things like rear extensions, loft conversions and room alterations involving…
Dave
26th May 2020
ExtensionsInspirationYour home

Do I need planning permission?

Permitted Development Rights (Read more on the gov.uk website) were extended permanently this year. This gives you the right, as a homeowner, to build certain extensions on your property without the need for planning permission. The rules around this are specific and can, at first glance, seem complicated so here’s what you should consider before drawing up any plans… What is permitted development? Permitted development grants you permission to extend your property without having full planning permission, providing that your designs fall within government guidelines relating to the size and appearance of the extension. If you’re thinking of extending your…
Dave
5th December 2019