Archive for October, 2011

Micro House sells again, Winchester

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Snug Project’s first project, a pair of semi-detached micro town houses in Fulflood, Winchester is back on the market after nearly 8 years and its looking good and maintaining its value. The house has sold STC with Charters for £230,000. I hope the new occupants love living there as much as I did.

Completed with a rainbow

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Saxon Haus

Saxon Haus is completed and our Austrian clients have just moved in. Just as we were completing the handover, the sun came out and a rainbow appeared, spanning right across the house. Rainbows have traditionally spoken, in the Christian tradition, of good promises over new beginnings. We certainly wish them all God’s blessings for their new home.

Design Definition

Monday, October 10th, 2011

“Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.” – Steve Jobs, CEO Apple

We agree.

The big squeeze

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Space is one of our most precious resources. According to the RICS the average new house today is 30% smaller than 100 years ago. This may be inevitable as land runs short but is it a problem? Snug Projects has always been passionate about making the most of limited space. Mies VaDer Rohe famously stated ‘less is more’ when refering to simplicity in architecture.  Claiming that less is more may be unrealistic but we certainly believe it is possible to do more with less. We regularly deliver great places to live that are small. If the ‘big squeeze’ is to succeed, and the quality of our homes is not to decline, creativity and design quality will become all the more important. Attention to detail matters all the more as the space available reduces. If we must build small we must equally invest in good design. The image above shows the plans for a generous 55m2 one bedroom semi detached town house with parking and a covered outside space. All that was accomodated on a 5m x 10m plot. The constraints added to the quality and desirability, demonstrated nicely when they sold for 50% more than the banks surveyor predicted!

 One of our many  snug design moves is ‘borrowed space’. This requires an intimate awareness of the site and a willingness to create a site responsive and bespoke solution.  It is those who try to use generic designs to build small that we should worry about.  Buildings getting smaller is inevitable as space runs out. That need not be a problem. Snug Projects are committed to achieving more with less. Small can be beautiful, small can mean more.  To see more about the debate see – http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/f4db8d68-e52b-11e0-bdb8-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1Zo4d0ttK

 

International Business Training

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Paul returned to South Asia this month to deliver two more business development conferences. A two day conference included both the MBA in a Day and Kingdom Business Course. Both days were filmed with translation and will be made into a DVD in the coming weeks.  Our aim is to help participants develop successful businesses based on ethical foundations.  To find out more about the courses call Paul at our Winchester office.

Barton Farm Refused

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

 

Finally the waiting is over, the Secretary of State has decided, the proposal for 2000 homes at Barton Farm has been refused…for now. For many residents in Winchester this will be a great relief. In our view this is the right decision. The scheme still has significant room for improvement and is too important to get wrong. In the long term however Barton Farm will no doubt go ahead. Plans For Places still suggests a need for 4000 houses in Winchester. The difference is there is now time to get the proposal right. We will be working with the City of Winchester Trust and WINACC to try and ensure a more sustainable, high quality and higher density proposal is ultimately delivered. Most of all though we will be continuing to push for houses to be built in locations that enhance the city. See our alternative proposal for 2000 houses – Winchester 2020.

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