6 Famous Modern Architectural Buildings In The East Midlands

Posted by Tim Foster on Dec 5, 2017 10:07:51 AM

You may not have realised it – especially if you are new to the area - but The East Midlands is actually quite a hotbed of modern architectural design. Only last year (2016) a total of nine buildings in the East Midlands picked up top design awards. These included a beautiful curved architectural house built to keep in with its surroundings in the rural Peak District, a stunning indoor cycling arena and a university campus.

Here’s more detail on some of The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) regional design winners right here, as well as other stunning modern buildings in the area which you may well recognise:

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Topics: Architectural Designer

5 Things to Avoid When Considering Architectural Design Services

Posted by Tim Foster on Nov 29, 2017 12:37:07 PM

Hiring an architectural design services company or individual is a big undertaking. And, unless you’re a specialist in the subject or know someone who does this type of work, it’s also something that most people are unfamiliar with. This can make the choice a nerve-wracking one. But it needn’t be if you do your research beforehand (see some of our previous blog articles). To get you started down that path here are things you should definitely avoid:

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Where To Start When Building A House - 3 Simple Steps You Can Follow

Posted by Tim Foster on Nov 22, 2017 3:05:17 PM

When building a house, planning and budgeting are crucial but so too is the actual design of your new home, as well as how and with what you will build it. Then there is the matter of who is going to oversee the whole project – a professional project manager being essential if you plan on working full-time and so won’t be around while the house is being constructed.

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I Want To Build My Own House - Where Do I Start?

Posted by Tim Foster on Nov 16, 2017 10:40:00 AM

The prospect of building your own house can be feel exciting and incredibly liberating – just think of all those innovative green features you can incorporate, for instance. 

However, anyone who has watched even a couple of episodes of Kevin McCloud’s superb Grand Designs TV programme on Channel 4 will be aware that self-builds don’t always go according to plan and – unless you’ve planned thoroughly and carefully – your dream house could actually turn into your biggest nightmare.

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How Much Would It Cost To Build My Own House?

Posted by Tim Foster on Nov 8, 2017 10:50:00 AM

The easiest thing to get wrong when embarking on a self-build house project is your budget. 

Far too often we hear stories about couples and individuals splashing out on more expensive fittings, upgrading roofing tiles or splashing out on fancier glazing, then finding they have run out of cash for the next stage and have to borrow more.

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Topics: Architectural Designer

Rebecca's Been Out & About!

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Nov 7, 2017 2:45:58 PM

Single Storey Extension to 1930’s property, Little Eaton 

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Topics: Architectural Designer, Extensions

Extending Your Home In Derby: Understanding The Basics

Posted by Tim Foster on Oct 31, 2017 12:51:26 PM

More homeowners in Derby are finding it makes more sense to extend their property than move up to a bigger home. Certainly it’s less expensive and far easier (considering how difficult it is to obtain a mortgage these days). In addition, the number of new build homes coming available in and around Derby is still insufficient to fulfil local demand for adequate housing.

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Topics: Extensions

Can I Build Without An Architectural Drawing?

Posted by Tim Foster on Oct 25, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Thanks to the existence of Computer Aided Design (CAD) packages an increasing number of householders are becoming tempted to design their own home extension. However, even if they become experts with a particular CAD software package, there are a whole lot of other obstacles to overcome in terms of design layout, planning permissions and basic building regulations. And that’s just for starters.

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Can I Build Over Drainage?

Posted by Tim Foster on Oct 17, 2017 2:27:47 PM

Of all the technical difficulties that can incur with a residential – or commercial, for that matter - building project, drainage is a pretty big one. In fact there is a whole list of government guidelines covering extensions whose foundations either come into contact with, or are near, drainage.

One quick and efficient way to find out if there’s underground drainage on your property, and whether or not it will have an effect on the design of your planned extension, is to simply contact your local water board.

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Topics: Architectural Designer, Extensions

What Are The Different Architectural Design Phases?

Posted by Tim Foster on Oct 10, 2017 10:35:00 AM

Every architectural design practice has a different means of going about a project but in essence there is a strict timetable of phases that must be adhered to if a project is to run efficiently, on time and on budget.

This allows the client to be kept fully informed of all stages of the design in hand, giving them an element of control and a sense of inclusion over their own project. It also prevents the contractor being held back in their building schedule by having to explain particular works being carried out since the detail will be contained within the Works Programme.

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Topics: Architectural Designer

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