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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:

http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/snug-reveals-plans-for-three-storey-one-bedroom-house-in-winchester/10009494.article?blocktitle=News-big-picture&contentID=13633

 

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

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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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Construction completes at Hydawn

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Construction completes on Hydawn, a one-off house in Gundleton. This project has been inspired by the modern case study houses by the great architects such as Mies Van Der Rohe and Philip Johnson. The design developed upon their principles while addressing the contemporary need for sustainable design and a more contextual approach. The result is a thoroughly modernist house that settles discretely into its woodland setting.

We look forward to the professional photography. Please see the initial images below.

 

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Professional Photographs of Hanlin House

Friday, April 29th, 2016

 

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Were pleased to receive the professional photographs back for Hanlin House courtesy of Richard Chivers Photography.

We hope you like them as much as we do.

A Striking Prefabricated Home in Self Build magazine

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

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It’s great to see one of our favourite modern houses on the Self Build magazine’s website. The house in Twyford near Winchester was delivered by German prefab company Baufritz based on the planning permission we secured. The quality of their finish is superb. The full article and more images can be seen at http://www.self-build.co.uk/striking-prefabricated-home

 

Making the Villa Savoye

Monday, August 10th, 2015

This weekend we made the Villa Savoye…….good old lego.

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