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I am a chartered architect with 14 years of experience working in UK.Having qualified and practised in Italy prior to moving to Sheffield, UK, in 2005, I have a wide ranging experience from working with private clients and developers in conservation , conversion and new build residential and commercial projects.


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12 July 2019

Our work is not completed yet but Roxana has been very professional. Arrived on time for appointments and kept us fully informed of progress. Most importantly , listened to our requirements, which others have not done. Would recommend. More...


Position and access in relation to existing house and location and any special restrictions of the actual house ( for example listed building or conservation areas) , size, structural condition and water tightness, ceiling height and natural light are all factors that will influence the feasibility of transforming a garage into habitable space.

If the garage belongs to a newly bought house, then the house survey will reveal some of the potential issues that need to be tackled before converting - i.e structural condition - this can be investigated by a structural engineer if required, presence of asbestos - specialist survey and /or removal might be required.
Generally garage conversions will come under permitted development, however depending on special restrictions whether a listed building or other might require full planning.
The architect will produce the design upon consultation and setting of brief with the client and then will advise on following stages - Building Regulations application will be required after the planning stage ( if planning approval required) , looking at aspects such as
structural soundness , fireproofing, moisture proofing,ventilation, insulation.
Upon successful completion of Technical design the client can decide whether to tender the works to different builders or pick one preferred builder for the construction work.

Inspection of loft space can reveal whether there is enough headroom ( height) at least in part of the loft without significant roof alteration.This and potential for new or existing access to the loft are the main two conditions for looking at a loft conversion.

If conversion can be done withing existing space then a Building Regulations application will be required and aspects to deal with as a minimum as part of the conversion will be: strengthening of existing floor, Building Regs compliant access staircase, insulation of existing loft space, heating and electrics and all aspects to do with fire safety and escape. If a new dormer window or a hip to gable roof conversion will be required, or any other alteration to the existing facades and roof, then a planning application will be required.
The architect will be able to advice on all of the above steps.

Creating a home is a unique and personal process to each of us, and being part of it as an architect it is a very rewarding experience. It isn't about brick and mortar, it's about creating a place for our memories. Choosing the right person to work with it is as important to us as it is to our clients.

I have been inspired to start my own practice after many years of working with a wonderful mentor and architect. It was a natural progression of developing my own style of working and understanding client's needs and the desire to respond to it in a unique way.

I believe that good architecture enhances one’s life and I work very hard to ensure that every project I deliver is the best so far.