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Amberley is coming together

Monday, March 18th, 2019



Clovers secures planning permission

Friday, January 11th, 2019

We are delighted to have received planning permission for Clovers, a contemporary one off house located in the Milford-on-sea Conservation Area. The new home replaces an existing dwelling and provides a generous modern home that celebrates its landscape setting and site. Conceptually two split level brick bookends enclose generously glazed living areas that sit under an angled timber box that spans between the bookends and steps up the site.

The Wall takes a major step forward

Friday, January 19th, 2018

We received good news this week from the team at The Wall of Answered Prayer, @thewall2020, an International RIBA Competition where we have been shortlisted to the last four. Their press release says; ‘We are delighted to announce that The Wall has been given a plot of land for the project.  Over the next few months we will be continuing meetings with politicians and local churches before our announcement in June. The reason we are not announcing the location before then is because we need to undergo due diligence with the land, undertaking archaeological and geological surveys to eliminate any potential issues that we may have overlooked. It’s an amazing story of how God has connected us with the landowner which we will share in due course. As you can imagine, we are absolutely thrilled and in awe of God’s goodness!’

It is great to see the project making progress and we look forward to working with them to develop our design later this year. More information can be found at

Orchard House completes

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Orchard House, our latest one-off house, is now complete and looking great. Here is a sneak preview of perhaps the most modern new addition to Winchester’s housing stock. We are looking forward to seeing the final professional photography in a few weeks. #modernisthouse #modernism #modernhouse

Form Follows Force Part 2

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Here are the second batch of images on our new housing and apartment typologies. These images explore how a large scale settlement edge development can be sympathetically integrated into its setting, creating a humane settlement edge where people will love to live and impact is minimised. Let us know what you think….

Great news…Amberley wins Planning at Committee

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

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We are delighted that Amberley, our gently contemporary family home in the village of Braishfield, was granted planning permission at Committee last night. The house is a beautiful new home for a wonderful family and we are so pleased that the committee saw sense. Happy Christmas.

Below are a few images out of the fly-through.


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Self Build has never been easier…

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

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New legislation that comes into effect on 31 October 2016 marks the commencement in full of The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016. It is hoped that the new legislation will boost the number of self builds in the UK each year by giving thousands more people access to much-needed land.

The Regulations mean that within the next three years, local authorities in England are responsible for granting planning permission forsufficient shovel ready plots to meet the demand gathered by the Right to Build Registers.

Since 1 April 2016 local authroties throughout England have had a responsibility to create and maintain a database of members of the public who are interested in purchasing land in their area in order to self build be that on an individual or group basis.

Earlier this year NaCSBA’s Right to Build Portal was created to ensure the public has easy access to their local demand register.

People build individual homes for all sorts of reasons, but mainly because they want to create something tailored to their family’s unique requirements; or something architecturally appealing that responds to their tastes. For others it is about living in a home that they might not be able to afford on the open market. There is something uniquely rewarding about building a home for you and your family, it harks back to the most basic of human instincts. Nowadays, however, self-build homes are not just about shelter and security, they are about expressing yourself and changing your lifestyle. For many, self-build is a chance to create the life they have always dreamed of. If that is your dream please give us a call. Despite the rewards, building your own home is a huge challenge. We have spent 15 years helping self builders design and build their dream home. In our experience, it is worth the challenge and we are here to help make it a little easier.



Tower House hits the front page of the Architects Journal news

Friday, August 5th, 2016

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It is lovely to see our proposal for a tower house on Tower Street in Winchester is on the front page of the @ArchitectsJrnal website. Here is the link to the full article:


Renovate or rebuild? – How to decide

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

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Snug Architects director, Paul Bulkeley, is quoted in this months @granddesignsmag in an article on how to decide whether to renovate or rebuild an existing tired property. We have a wealth of experience in helping clients to resolve this difficult dilemma. Below are a few recent projects that illustrate how either approach can be a success.

The first is Hanlin House. The existing property was very tired and the steeply sloping site and both larger and enlarged properties to either side was ripe for redevelopment. Critical the site offered potential for a significant increase in both the quantity and quality of accommodation. Our clients also had their hearts set on a new build house and had the budget to suit. In this case it was a no brainer to go down the VAT free rebuild route. The result was a spectacular modern house with an end value that justified knocking down the existing property.

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In the two examples that follow we instead recommended renovation. This is not what most people want to do and your architect will need to work hard to get the qualities of a new build house from a renovated property.

The first example is Heronbrook. The existing bungalow sat on a generous plot with plenty of potential for the site to accommodate a large new build house. The challenge was that the site was in a conservation area and the surrounding properties offered little opportunity to raise the ridge height. The critical issue here however was our clients budget. They had neither the money or need for the size of house that would be required to justify knocking down the existing property. Our challenge was to significantly improve the look and feel of the existing property within a constrained budget. Success here was that few people would ever know this wasn’t a new build house.


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The second example of a renovation is Point Pleasant. Here the site could also accommodate a larger building and so could the budget, but just because one can does not mean one should. One should always consider the bottom line and it may not always be financially prudent to rebuild. Careful analysis of the projected costs of both new build and renovation options were essential here. In the end it was felt that the substantial renovation offered most of the qualities of the new build at a lower cost. Renovation was felt to be the best value for money.

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Just incase you were thinking everything we did was black and white we want to show one final example. It is one of our favorite projects, not least because our clients love the house so much.

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The challenge this time was that our clients had bought the existing bungalow at the peak of the market with the intention of extending and renovating. The problem was that a review of all the refurbishment options was resulting in a significant loss. Through clever design, and despite being surrounded by bungalows, we were able to secure planning permission for a significantly larger house. It became know as the ‘stealth house’ for obvious reasons. The result was a wonderful new house and some equity. It took a courageous client who placed great trust in their architect to see this one through to a successful conclusion.

More pictures of these projects and many others can be seen on the portfolio section of our website.

If you are considering whether to renovate your rebuild your property we would welcome the opportunity to help you establish with confidence the best way forward.

To refurbish or knock down, that is the question

Thursday, July 7th, 2016


These are initial sketches for a new house we are designing in Petersfield, Hampshire. We are currently exploring options for either an extensive refurbishment of the existing property or its replacement with a new build house. This is always a difficult judgement that requires careful financial analysis at the front end. Not only does a new build house offer greater opportunities for creating a bespoke design, it is also likely to achieve a higher end value once complete and there is no VAT to pay. The question, as always, is will it stack up to knock the existing house down? Watch this space….

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