Avoid Project Failure By Making Sure Your Access Requirements Are Met

Posted by Tim Foster on Jan 24, 2019 2:00:00 PM

The process of renovating a home involves a series of steps that are completed over a period of several weeks or months. In order to ensure that your project proceeds as smoothly as possible, it's crucial to check that every stage is completed thoroughly. There's nothing worse than knocking down a wall, or ripping out a heating system, just to discover that your plans were, well, not the most accurate!

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Topics: Residential Architecture

French Chalet; Renovation & Transformation

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Jan 18, 2019 10:29:46 AM

For many years this soon to be renovated chalet was just a concrete block shell being used for storage. Last year the property was acquired by a new owner who wanted to transform the space into a family home. BDS Architecture Ltd had the pleasure of designing a suitable layout for the existing building to make it into a fabulous four bedroom family living space. The above photo shows the property half way through it's renovation.

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Topics: Residential Architecture, renovation, Extensions, Architectural Designer

A Quick Guide To Your Dream Barn Conversion

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Jan 16, 2019 9:40:00 AM

On the lookout for your dream countryside home? A barn conversion might be perfect for you. Barn conversions are an easy way around the planning restrictions that can make building your own home from scratch challenging. Plus they come with the added bonuses of having historical charm and plenty of character. Embarking on a renovation project can be hugely rewarding (wouldn't it be nice to wake up to idyllic views every morning?), but there are a number of important aspects to keep in mind beforehand. Here's what you need to know.

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Topics: Architectural Designer

What To Do If Your Request For Planning Permission Is Rejected

Posted by Tim Foster on Jan 9, 2019 10:03:00 AM

You've circled dozens of home décor pictures in the magazines, pinned images to your Pinterest page, and perhaps even dreamed about picking out your paint colours. Your first practical step, however, in bringing your dream home to life is sorting out your planning permission.

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Topics: new house design

How To Maximise The Amount Of Light In Your Home

Posted by Tim Foster on Jan 3, 2019 10:03:00 AM

Light is sometimes an overlooked factor in your health and wellbeing, especially the light quality that’s available in your home. This is not simply a matter of being able to find things without switching on a light. The issue goes much deeper than that.

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Topics: Residential Architecture

How Home Architecture Differs From Commercial Architecture

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Dec 31, 2018 10:02:00 AM

On some levels, good domestic and commercial architecture have a lot in common. Both private and public buildings need strong integrity and infrastructure, both must be aesthetically pleasing, and both must be compliant with regulations. However, there are key differences between home and commercial architecture, and every professional who works with you on your project should be familiar with them.

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Topics: Residential Architecture

Foundations For Extensions - Different Types To Consider

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Dec 27, 2018 11:51:00 AM

The foundation of an extension is equally as important as that of the main house. It needs to be built to last and support the new additional structure. Here are four types of foundations suitable for anchoring an extension.

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Topics: Architectural Designer

Foundations - The Unforeseen Costs To Avoid

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Dec 21, 2018 11:10:00 AM

We have said it before and we will say it again, foundations are the most critical part of any building. Unfortunately, they can be the most expensive too. It's not just the cost of laying foundations that make this part of the building process so expensive. It's also the fact that there can be many unforeseen problems that crop up. Dealing with complicated foundations can become expensive.

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Topics: Architectural Designer

Do You Need Architectural Drawings For An Extension?

Posted by Tim Foster on Dec 18, 2018 4:38:18 PM

You're probably familiar with the prospect of architectural drawings, but many people fall into the trap of presuming that they're only applicable or useful for large builds. The reality, however, is much different. A set of professionally developed and rendered drawings is an essential part of the building process - that applies regardless of the scale of the construction.

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Topics: Architectural Designer

New House Design, Derbyshire

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Dec 11, 2018 10:33:58 AM

 House Design Visualisation

BDS Architecture Ltd have designed this four bedroom house to replace to an ageing bungalow.  The new house design incorporates a large floor to ceiling window to take in the surrounding view from the interior.

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Topics: Architectural Designer, renovation, glass window, extension with a view, floor to ceiling glass, new house design

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