Latest blog posts: Architecture

What are my options for my loft extension?

Friday, 18th June 2021 | by: Matthew Price

Of all the types of property extension the conversion of a loft space is one of the more affordable in comparison to side and/or rear extensions and they do of course, see you gain additional bedroom(s). So, what are the various types, are what do they typically cost? Simple Dormer Extension This is the most common and most affordable extension ... Read more >>

Additional Storeys and The Party Wall Act

Sunday, 7th March 2021 | by: Justin Burns

An amendment to the General Permitted Development Order which allows property owners to add up to 2 further storeys to their property without planning consent came in to force on 30th December 2020. So does this mean we’re going to see houses all over London being extended upwards despite how incongruous such an extension may look? A scan ... Read more >>

Selling a Flat with a Short Lease

Monday, 6th July 2020 | by: Matthew Price

One of the most common reasons for leaseholders wanting to extend their leases is the need to sell. A property's value decreases along with the lease, with a 70-year lease worth around 90% of a 100-year lease, whilst a 60-year lease is more like 80%. The basic mathematics of the lease extension process means that the cost of extending, plus ... Read more >>

Planning Permission – an on-going consideration

Wednesday, 1st January 2020 | by: Peter Barry

Soon after thoughts about carrying out some building work to a property have been formed, thoughts will often turn to planning permission requirements and how best to deal with them. Planning permission in one form or another will usually appear as a major milestone on most construction projects. With this in mind, it is useful to consider how the ... Read more >>

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Guest Post – What does an Architect do?

Tuesday, 3rd December 2019 | by: Jason Harris | 2 minute read

The common stereotype is that architects ‘draw pretty pictures’ of buildings.  That may be true – the presentation of information is important, but it only scratches the surface of our role. Our output includes both drawn and written information.  The drawings are in reality diagrams that record a complex and many layered process of ... Read more >>

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Party Walls – An Architectural View

Thursday, 23rd March 2017 | by: Peter Barry

The purpose of this post is not to explain the Act but rather to examine how the Act can influence the design of some aspects of the work. To illustrate the point let’s consider a single storey rear extension to a mid-terraced property where the properties to either side have not yet been extended. There are 3 options available in respect of ... Read more >>

Roof Design – Function, Form and Cost

Thursday, 2nd February 2017 | by: Peter Barry

If we were to simplify buildings down to their very core elements it could be said that they contain only 3 different parts; walls, floors and roofs. Again, I stress this is a very simplified outlook but a lot of the time it's these three elements that are often overlooked in design schemes as they are deemed ‘too boring’ to think about. I ... Read more >>

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A Guide to Building Regulations

Thursday, 8th September 2016 | by: Peter Barry

We are often asked ‘What are Building Regulations, why do I need them, does my project need Building Regulations approval?’ In most cases the answer is "yes", in almost all residential development work, even if you believe it to be minor works you will need some form of Building Regulations approval. What Are Building ... Read more >>

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Planning Permission v Permitted Development

Sunday, 7th August 2016 | by: Peter Barry

Clients tend to ask us the question ‘Should I go through planning permission or should I go through permitted development?’ To answer the question it is important to really understand the difference between the two approaches, starting with an understanding of each. What is Planning Permission? Planning permission or planning consent is the ... Read more >>

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We have recently completed a number of pre-purchase surveys for clients intending to buy houses of non-traditional construction. Properties of non-traditional construction can often be a source of concern for buyers and mortgage lenders alike, as some suffer defects not found in the general housing stock, and might require expensive repairs. As ... Read more >>

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