Residential renovations

London architect guide

Inspiration and ideas

As part of this residential renovations London architect guide we have selected some projects to lend architectural inspiration and design ideas for your residential renovation and refurbishment project.

And here you can read our latest LOFT CONVERSION – COST, VALUE, AND PLANNING guide for everything you need to know about your loft conversion project. 

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Architect designed house extension Highbury Islington N5 Dinning and living areas Residential renovations London | Home designs

Residential renovations London architect guide – Design aspirations and key considerations

These days our home lives have become multi-dimensional with different priorities and preferences compared to the era our homes were built.

Even homes built more recently follow old conversions with strict separation between dining, kitchen, and living areas, and as part of any residential renovation we look to identify how your needs respond to what the property has to offer.

The same principle applies when to comes to homes you have might lived in over a period of time and when it comes to new homes you make after you have moved to a new house. It all depends on your personal requirements and we will examine how the property can be altered to respond to these requirements.

During the design development stage we will get to explore lots of ideas but you can start the process now by considering answers to questions such as:

  • “How long do we plan to live in the property and how is our lifestyle likely to change over this time? What are the chances for a growing family, working from home, or picking up gardening as a hobby one day? Is this property a place for us to grow into, or is it a stepping stone to our dream property?”
  • “What are the top three things we like about our property, and what are the top three things we want to change as part of renovating and re-designing it?”
  • “Do we have a specific budget ceiling, and where do we want the money to be focussed on? What are the special elements of the design we do not want to compromise, and where can we be more flexible within the context of our budget?”

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Architect designed penthouse alterations and refurbishment St James Park Westminster SW1H – Wardrobe area

 

Residential renovations London architect guide – Types and options for your home project

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Residential house extension and refurbishment Finchley Road Camden NW6 by GOAStudio London residential architecture – Rear elevation

 

There are times when an extension is not really necessary or even possible. There are still ways to improve your home beyond simple redecoration and we will identify how best to remodel the property to match your requirements.

We can not magically add space, but we can definitely make it work better for you and here is how:

More space | By changing the orientation of the staircase and utilising the unused space underneath. By creating high level storage over a bathroom, and in areas of high ceiling height. By converting the garage to create an enlarged kitchen or a study. By finding some storage potential in the loft space and decluttering your home.

Better space | By rearranging the internal layout to improve the circulation and create an increased sense of openness. By creating openings to walls and ceilings to bring natural light deep into the floor plan. By decluttering rooms and creating visual links along the house, bringing everything together.

Less space | By finding a way to open up floors to create double height spaces, even if it means actually reducing the floor area of the property, and add something truly special and spacious to your home. By removing that outbuilding and allowing the rear part of the house to open up to the garden and make a more effective use of the available space.

Zoned space | By combining functions in an open-plan arrangement. By defining different uses with changes to the level of the ceilings or floors. By opening up walls and creating long sight-lines and flexibility of how rooms are used at different times of the day, the week, or the year.

GOAStudio London residential architecture media opinion publications 2 Residential renovations London | Home designs

iBuild magazine – Impressive renovation case study – South Hampstead residential house extension – February 2024

"GOAStudio's renovation and extension project in South Hampstead stands as a testament to the delicate art of preserving history while embracing the demands of contemporary living." This month our South Hampstead residential house extension and refurbishment project...

The Telegraph | How to get a bigger home in an unforgiving market

"As the inflation rate has started to fall and mortgage rates have drifted down, George Omalianakis, of GOAStudio London architects, says the appetite for renovations has started to creep up. “Homeowners are deciding that the future looks a bit better now and it is...

Ideal Home | Kitchen extension cost – what to budget for a new and large room

You want to land on an extension size that is just large enough to meet your internal needs. Going beyond this would be a waste of money. 'You will discover the right size by playing around with a few plans and layouts to see how best you can organise the internal...

Country Living – 9no. kitchen flooring ideas for a refreshed look. Tips and ideas by George Omalianakis, GOAStudio

9 kitchen flooring ideas for a refreshed look - Plus advice on practical choices for busy spaces, upcycling your existing tiles and how to pick underfloor heating. Article by Jayne Dowle, Country Living "The biggest trend of all in kitchen flooring in 2023 will be...

Homebuilding & Renovating | How much value does a loft conversion add

How much value does a loft conversion add? "The typical value added can be around 10% to 20% if creating a new bedroom and ensuite with a loft conversion, explains architect George Omalianakis from GOAStudio architects. He adds that the value increase will depend on...

Build It magazine | Lighting for kitchen diner extensions

"In general, there are two main impressions you can create with natural light. The theatre stage effect plays with the contrast between the lighter and darker areas, meaning less is more when it comes to rooflights. By reducing the amount of overhead light coming in,...

Architectural plans

Architectural plans and professional guidance for your home project You will need to prepare architectural plans for your home project. They are often called “architect plans” however they do not need to be prepared by chartered architects (ARB / RIBA) as such. While...

Terraced house extension plans

Terraced house extension plans and professional guidance for your home project   Do you own a Georgian, Edwardian or Victorian house? Is it terraced, semi-detached or detached? And would you like to add a single or double storey extension? In all these cases you...

Architects London – GOAStudio London residential architecture

Architects London GOAStudio London residential architecture We are London architects with a very specific focus, skillset and expertise and we work on residential projects across London. George Omalianakis is an expert London architect for residential extensions and...

Loft conversion cost planning permission architect guide

LOFT CONVERSION COST, ADDED VALUE, AND PLANNING PERMISSIONS By GOAStudio London residential architecture What loft conversion rooms add value?How much does a loft conversion cost?Do loft conversions add value? What is a hip-to-gable loft conversion?What is a mansard...

Rear house extension ideas photo gallery

REAR HOUSE EXTENSION IDEAS PHOTO GALLERYBy GOAStudio London residential architecture Clad in brick or clad in timber.Fully glazed or half glazed. Timber frames or steel frames. Round skylights or walk-on skylights. Regular roofs or irregular roofs.Choose a shape, any...

Find interior residential RIBA architects for extensions near me

A HOW-TO GUIDE SEARCHING ARCHITECTS ONLINE FOR YOUR HOME PROJECT "find architects near me" "find an RIBA architect near me" "architect firms near me" "residential architects near me" "architects for extensions near me" "interior architects near me" We are often asked...

Householder planning permission. Haringey Noel Park Conservation Area.

Addition of a single storey rear extension and internal alterations to a single family dwelling in N22, Haringey.Area and context The site is a two-storey terrace dwellinghouse on the south side of Maurice Avenue. The property is located within the Noel Park...

Bromley BR3 house extension planning approval

Single storey rear extension and alterations to a house at Bromley BR3 - Approval by GOAStudio London residential architecture We have just obtained a planning approval for one of our current projects in Bromley BR3. For our latest Bromley BR3 house extension planning...

New planning approval Rear garden flat extension Westminster NW6

Planning approval for the addition of a single storey rear extension to a garden flat in Westminster, NW6. To include the replacement of windows to the front elevation. The new planning approval for a rear garden flat extension Westminster NW6 was issued by the...

New planning approval Conservation Area Waltham Forest E17

Planning approval Conservation Area Waltham Forest E17. To include the replacement of three timber windows to front and one timber window to rear with heritage uPVC double glazed windows - Orford Road Conservation Area, Waltham Forest in September 2022. The new...

New planning approval Rear house extension Enfield N21

Rear house extension Enfield N21 - We were appointed to design the renovations and extensions for a single family dwelling in a conservation area at Enfield N21. We have just obtained planning approval for a single storey rear ground floor extension to create a...

New planning approval rear house extension Barnet EN4

Rear house extension Barnet EN4 - We were appointed to design the renovations and the addition of a rear extension for a single family dwelling at Barnet EN4. We have just obtained planning approval for a single storey rear ground floor extension to create a combined...

New planning approval | House extensions Ealing W3

House extensions Ealing W3 - We were appointed to design the renovations and extensions for a single family dwelling at Ealing W3. We have just obtained planning approval for a single storey rear ground floor extension to create a combined kitchen, dining and living...

New planning approval | Double rear extension Tower Hamlets E1

Double rear extension Tower Hamlets E1 - We proposed and obtained approval for the addition of a double storey rear extension to a ground floor maisonette flat; the planning approval included the creation of an external terraced area and associated internal and...

New planning approval | Rear house extension Enfield EN2

Rear house extension Enfield EN2 - We proposed the addition of a 4m. deep rear extension to create an enlarged kitchen and dining area that opens up to the rear garden. We made sure that the proposal could be considered as Permitted Development and we applied to...

New planning approval | Single storey front side house extension Barnet N2

New planning approval | Single storey front side house extension Barnet N2; to include internal alterations to create a new bedroom.

Let's chat

If you need expert advice from an RIBA Chartered Architect please email us at george@goastudio.co.uk with the following:

  • the full address of your property,
  • a couple of photographs showing the areas you would like to extend and renovate,
  • a brief description of the changes you would like to carry out to your home, and
  • any estate agent or similar plans you might have available.

We will

  • assess the information and get back to you with initial advice about what might be feasible,
  • search the public planning records of your local authority to find similar planning approvals nearby,
  • prepare a free consultation to include information on design ideas, architectural fee estimates, project stages and requirements, and
  • afterwards we will prepare a detailed fixed fee proposal to cover the architectural services you will need for your project.

We are here to assist with your project.

Introducing GOAStudio London residential architecture limited

“George Omalianakis Architecture Studio – GOAStudio London residential architecture” was set up in 2009 to provide architectural services and assist home owners with their residential projects across London.

George Omalianakis is a multi-award winning chartered architect with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), registered with the  Architects Registration Board (ARB), and has extensive experience in working on a variety of residential, commercial and educational sectors.

Which? magazine residential expert and contributor. Ideal Home magazine residential expert and contributor. Member of the Green Register of Construction professionals.

We provide architectural services in the following London Boroughs:

Read our design, planning, and architectural guides above if you seek advice for your project.

We can help you with these home extensions and renovations:

See our guides above for ideas, inspiration and architectural advice for your home project.

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  • Greener homes
  • Retrofit and energy efficiency for older and traditional buildings
  • Conservation areas
  • Listed Buildings
  • Homeowner architectural services
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