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CCarchitecture specialise in domestic projects, which range from small permitted development applications for extensions & loft conversions all the way to full planning permission for new build developments and everything in between.
We offer clients a full Design & Build service or alternatively we can just prepare drawings for projects, and if other Architects have already prepared drawings we can take over and send the project out to 3 to 5 of our trusted builders for competitive tender.
Always making sure that our final product is tailor-made to correspond with the client's specifications and within budget is key to our business model. With the Planning Laws and Building Regulations continually changing, it is imperative that close attention is paid to ensure that all designs are up to the necessary standards.
The company director is Carl Collins BSc (Hons) MCIAT, who has over 20 years of practical experience along with a First Class Honours Degree in Architecture and he is a fully Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. After leaving school, he immediately pursued a career in Architecture and has worked for world leading companies, such as Buro Happold. With an unwavering passion for his work, he is highly driven to provide his clients with the designs that they require. His scrupulous attention to detail allows intricate designs to be formulated, which correspond with the most recent building regulations, as well as the client's requirements.
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CCarchitecture Ltd Location
Lincoln Road, 3 Anglo Office Park, High Wycombe HP12 3RH, UK
CCarchitecture Ltd Q&A
How can someone tell if their Garage is suitable for conversion?
All garages are suitable for conversion, the variable is the amount of work required to bring the existing condition up to the standard of a habitable room that complies with building regulations
Run us through the different stages of the Garage conversion process - what's involved?
Upgrade floor, walls & roof with insulation to comply with building regulations for thermal capacity
If headroom is restricted the roof will need to be raised
The floor will ideally be raised to meet the floor level of the existing house, this can be achieved through the installment of insulation and screed or alternatively a timber suspended floor with insulation along with T&G boarding
How can someone tell if their loft is suitable for conversion?
Generally local authorities will not allow a ridge height to be raised and affect the street scene negatively therefore an existing clear 500mm headroom is essential, the additional 500mm is required due to the requirement for a structural ridge beam to prevent roof spread, deeper floor joists than the existing ceiling joist, deeper rafters and the provision of rigid insulation, the combination of these components will reduce the space available.
A second option is to lower the ceiling joists to create the headroom in the loft however this is really only an option if the first floor ceiling heights are higher than the average of 2.2 to 2.4m.
Run us through the different stages in the loft conversion process - what’s involved?
Items that are required:
Deeper floor joists than the existing ceiling joists
Rafters that are large enough to span down to the ashlar wall to the eaves
Structural ridge beam to prevent roof spread
Steel beams in the floor to pick up the new floor joists
Insulation between and under the rafters to create a "warm roof"
Insulation between new ceiling joists
New staircase into loft
30 minute protected route to exit the building from the loft to an external door
Plumbing and electrics as required
Plaster & paint finish
What’s your interior design process?
We would carry out a site visit to discuss the project requirements with the client and while on site carry out a measurement survey
Then we would present the client with mood boards highlighting various styles and options to narrow down on the route we will take with the style
Following the mood boards we prepare a set of 3D images to show how the proposed layouts and design ideas will come together
Upon the design being signed off we can put the project out to competitive tender to the builders we regularly work with and trust
Which interior design styles can you cater for?
We can cater for all styles of interior design which will allow us to assist all types of clientele
How long have you been in business?
The company director Carl Collins BSc (Hons) MCIAT has been in Architecture over 20 years, he has been self employed for over 10 years and switched to being a limited company and began to expand the company almost 4 years ago.
What guarantee does your work come with?
We are a Chartered Architectural Practice and we are bound to a code of conduct that ensures all work we produce is to a very high standard, we also have insurance of £1,000,000
Why should our clients choose you?
The company director is Carl Collins, who has over 20 years of practical experience along with a First Class Honours Degree in Architecture and he is fully Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. After leaving school, he immediately pursued a career in Architecture and has worked for world leading companies, such as Buro Happold. With an unwavering passion for his work, he is highly driven to provide his clients with the designs that they require. His scrupulous attention to detail allows intricate designs to be formulated, which correspond with the most recent building regulations, as well as the client's requirements.
CCarchitecture Ltd is a Registered Chartered Architectural Practice with employees consisting of:
Chartered Architectural Technologist MCIAT
Chartered Architect ARB
CCarchitecture Ltd Services
Design & Build
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