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.
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?”
Residential renovations London architect guide – Types and options for your home project
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.
BOROUGH SPECIFIC ARCHITECT AND PLANNING GUIDES FOR YOUR HOME PROJECT
Your local Council will have in place design and planning requirements for your home project and you will need to obtain planning approval for a wide range of extensions and alterations to your property.
When you get in touch we will offer you detailed advice about what is likely that your Council will approve and in the meantime we have prepared the following architectural and planning guides that include extracts of the relevant planning policy and examples of our projects in our Borough.
Barnet residential architect and planning guide, Camden residential architect and planning guide, Enfield residential architect and planning guide, Hackney residential architect and planning guide, Hammersmith Fulham residential architect and planning guide, Haringey residential architect and planning guide, Hounslow residential architect and planning guide, Islington residential architect and planning guide, Kensington and Chelsea Conservation architects, residential and planning guide, Lambeth residential architect and planning guide, Lewisham residential architect and planning guide, Newham residential architect and planning guide, Redbridge residential architect and planning guide, Richmond residential architect and planning guide, Tower Hamlets residential architect and planning guide, Waltham Forest residential architect and planning guide, Wandsworth residential architect and planning guide, Westminster residential architect and planning guide
See our guides for ideas, inspiration and architectural advice for your home project.
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We have prepared a guide on the type of Architectural plans you will need for your home project, and another guide for Terraced house extension plans that includes advice on detached and semi-detached properties as well.
See what we can do for you.
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