We’ve now gone live on our project management diary. We are delivering the build for a self build client which started on site in June 2019 having secured planning permission in April 2019. We currently undertake 2-3 builds per year and the service offers a wealth of advantages for self builders including total flexibility during the construction phase along with complete cost transparency throughout the process. Click here or on the image below to view the diary.
Following on from securing planning permission for this replacement dwelling in Esher, we are now well underway with the working drawing package and currently coordinating the design with the SIPS supplier. Demolition of the existing house is imminent with ground works planned to start in July.
The client is managing the site and the build arranging several trade packages direct in order to reduce the overall build costs. We’ll be following the build as much as possible and be posting regular updates as the build progresses.
Good to get the scaffolding down on this remodel project and get a preview of how the completed version may look. Looking forward to completing the interior and the Client being able to enjoy some dramatic internal spaces with some stunning views over the the Hamble river. We provided design services and then project managed the shell and exterior finishes for the Client and they took on the interior themselves in order to deliver this build on a challenging budget.
We secured planning consent for this design in Tring, Buckinghamshire in 2016 and we’ve been delayed in posting to the blog. We have recently completed the working drawings and works commenced on site a few months ago. We are looking forward to visiting the project and seeing it progress!
Fantastic result to have secured planning permission for this replacement dwelling for our Client in Esher, Surrey. The new design replaces an existing 170m² 1970’s house with this contemporary 350m² luxury dwelling. We even managed to create an additional 75m² of bonus space in the roof pushing the gross internal area up to 425m².
We have already started producing working drawings and looking forward to supporting our Client through the build phase.
Proud to report securing this consent for a replacement dwelling for our Client in Hertfordshire. We have already commenced on the working drawings and architectural detailing and look forward to seeing progress on site in 2019.
We are really thrilled to have secured planning permission for this stunning design for a coastal new build in Cornwall. The application sailed through the planning process and was approved by delegated powers without the need for any negotiations or amendments.
We have already been instructed to prepare working drawings and the technical design with plans to commence on site in 2019!
Absolutely thrilled how this project has turned out! It’s probably the most adventurous remodels we’ve ever undertaken on an incredibly challenging site.
The Client had the energy and ambition to take on this difficult challenge and has transformed the existing 1,500ft² bungalow into a 3,500ft² contemporary luxury residence.
The remodelled property was redesigned to take advantage of the incredible view on offer over Poole Harbour.
When we took on this project we all knew the site, the brief and the budget was going to test everybody, not least the Client. It’s safe to say that all things considered it’s been an absolute success!
We’ve had a good year in 2018, with over 30 Self Builder’s commencing the design process with us on new projects. Alongside these projects we steered a further 20 through the technical design phase some of which commenced on site and due for to complete in 2019. We have enjoyed supporting self-builders on site in 2018 and sharing the success on several successfully completed projects.
During 2018 we strengthened and developed relationships with suppliers to the self-build sector that we have worked with previously, linking up to assist our future Client’s to help deliver their own projects.
We are proud to have secured over 40 planning consents in 2018 with 34 different Local Authorities across 19 Counties. We were also thrilled to have secured planning permission for a paragraph 55 (now paragraph 79) house in the North West of England. Not bad for a CIAT registered practice!
We are looking forward to continued success and working with self builders looking to create something interesting and special!
Here’s wishing you all the best for 2019!
Fantastic to visit this completed self build in Oxfordshire. Great Client’s to work with who pushed to get as much of our original design intent into the finished article as possible.
We are pleased to have obtained planning consent for a radical remodel of an existing bungalow in Hampshire. The photomontage shown is for our originally submitted scheme which was initially refused. Following discussions an amended scheme was submitted and consent granted on the 2nd attempt which resulted in some reductions to the central element an unfortunately diluted the architectural intent. We are hoping that the Client will appeal the original decision which has good chances of success on the basis that the difference between the refused and approved is insignificant. Although we didn’t obtain consent for the preferred scheme it’s still a great result for the Client and another example that demonstrates the value that good design can bring to self builders. It really shows how investing in design at the start of the project pays off.
The proposals elevates a 175m² tired and dated property into a 430m² modern luxury residence. Internally the new first floor storey delivers 4 large double bedrooms, 3 of which benefit from dedicated dressing rooms and en suites. We also managed to obtain consent for a first floor terrace which takes advantage of distant views over the countryside to the rear of the site. Relocating existing bedrooms to the first floor then gave an opportunity to create some fantastic living space on the ground floor.
Really excited with our proposals for this contemporary remodel of an existing bungalow in Buckinghamshire on a challenging site. The proposals are based on retaining the ground floor structure and creating a new first floor storey in prefabricated lightweight timber frame construction.
We are delighted to report we have successfully won a planning appeal to secure consent for this remodel of an existing bungalow in Hamble, Eastleigh. The Local Planning Authority had refused to grant permission as a result of it's harmful impact on character of the area. The appeal inspector disagreed and whilst accepting that the property would become visually different, quoted the following from Paragraph 60 of the National Planning Policy Framework:
"The style of the property would become visually different to the other properties, but as paragraph 60 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework) indicates, planning decisions should not attempt to impose architectural styles or particular tastes and should not stifle innovation, originality or initiative through unsubstantiated requirements to confirm to certain development forms or styles. It has not been shown that the area is so locally distinctive that it is necessary to promote or reinforce such distinctiveness. While it would clearly be different from the other properties in the close vicinity this does not mean that it would be incongruous."
We are delighted for our Client's who had the courage to fight for a scheme they loved. They now have the opportunity to deliver a unique property that will take full advantage of the river views the site offers.
A great result after a tough battle with the Conservation Officer. We obtained planning consent for this contemporary replacement dwelling in the Chislehurst Conservation Area of Bromley. The Client approached us with a design brief to create a long term family home with a contemporary style that would serve their short and long term requirements. The Client understood and expected some resistance from the LPA on the basis that if successful they would be the first residents to secure planning permission for a contemporary style property in the Conservation Area.
Our initial proposals for the site were for a very contemporary 2/3 storey detached dwelling using flat and mono-pitch roof elements. Unfortunately this was refused by the LPA under delegated powers and the applicant decided to test the decision at appeal. Whilst lodging the appeal we also collaborated with the LPA on revised proposals. The amended scheme retained the internal layout and spatial arrangement of the original submission. The amendments made significant alterations to the mass and bulk of the design utilising a traditional pitched roof form. The LPA and in particular the Conservation Officer still viewed the proposals as harmful to the character of conservation area although this already consisted of an eclectic mix of traditional style dwellings. Steps were taken by the Client to lobby local stakeholders and the application was called to planning committee with a recommendation from LPA for refusal. The planning committee voted in favour of the design and permission was granted.
The consent allows our Client to replace the existing 153m² bungalow with a 3 storey replacement dwelling providing 480m² of internal floor area. Following the approval the appeal was withdrawn and the Client has now instructed us to prepare the working drawings and technical design.
Delighted to report that this self build project on a green belt site in Guildford has been awarded Best Off-Site Manufactured Home in the Build It Awards 2017. We worked with the Client on the design which they then used to deliver a prefabricated solution using a German manufacturer. We provided support through the technical design and delivery stages and the end result provided this great home on a challenging site.