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Small Architectural practice offering advice, drawing services and statutory authority submissions for residential extensions, new builds and small-scale commercial developments.

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Barry

15 April 2019

Very approachable easy to talk thru my requirements, quick response with plans and details. Would recommend highly to others.

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Paul

20 February 2019

Quick to reply,came on the same day as we first had contact,answered all my questions and advised me on other things.Quickly went to work on my project,

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duncan watson

28 September 2018

Excellent architect very helpful, clever designs that maximise space and style.

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Dan Gilbert

23 July 2018

Great bloke, excellent service � highly recommend

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Most garages that are attached to the main dwelling can be converted into habitable space, however you should always bear in mind that the walls, floor and possibly roof may need to have their thermal properties upgraded. These works can normally be done under your Permitted Development rights (so would not need Planning Permission), however each job is different and these rights can be removed or altered in certain areas, so you should always speak with the Local Authority or employ a specialist to speak with them on your behalf. Every garage conversion would need Building Control approval, again you should speak with the Local Authority or employ a specialist to speak with them on your behalf.

There are two main issues that will have an impact on the likelyhood of your loft being suitable for a loft conversion. The first is the height to the ridge and the second is the access down to the first floor level and onto the nearest external door.

As a minimum, you will normally need to add insulation to the existing roof structure as well as increasing the depth of the joists forming the floor. For this reason, an existing headroom of 2.5m would normally be regarded as the minimum height needed to make a loft conversion work.

The staircase into the loft conversion can also present issues, you may need to look at losing space in one of the rooms below to get the most efficient staircase position. The route from the loft to an external door at ground floor level will also need to be enclosed, although there are some strategies that can be applied if you have an open-plan ground floor to avoid this (these will need to be agreed with Building Control).

Loft conversions do not normally need planning permission, although you should always check with your local planning department or employ someone to do so on your behalf. Small to medium sized dormers are also normally exempt from planning, but there are restrictions on the size, shape and position so again, you should check with your local planning department or employ someone to check on your behalf.

All loft conversions will require building control approval and most will need some input from a Structural Engineer. Even if you decide to plan and manage the design yourself you will require these two to ensure that you have the proper documentation and, more importantly, have a safe and properly constructed addition to your home.

Seeing a finished scheme and seeing my clients making use of their new space

The enjoyment of seeing a scheme through from initial feasibility studies and discussion through to the final scheme.

I'm dedicated to making sure that my client will get the space and home that they want. I also have a number of years experience in delivering projects of all sizes to completion on-time and on-budget. Finally, I have a keen eye for design and always look to maximise the impact of an extension on the original house whether you're looking for a sympathetic addition to blend in with the existing structure or want to go for something that will stand out and make a statement about your personality.