Our Architectural Services: What’s Included

Posted by Tim Foster on Feb 15, 2018 3:00:27 PM

If you’re looking to expand your living space in the new year, the architectural services we provide here at BDS Architecture are wide-ranging, covering not just the initial design of a building or renovation – whether residential or commercial – but also its physical build. Our architectural services also include help with budgeting, furnishing and carrying out project management duties.

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Stone Cottage Renovation Completion

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Feb 9, 2018 11:26:32 AM

The lovely stone cottage renovation in Belper is now complete. You can take a look around the cottage when the work first started here... 

You Tube Belper Stone Cottage Renovation - Before

 

and another look around now the renovation work is completed here... 

You Tube Belper Stone Cottage Renovation - Completed

 

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Topics: Architectural Designer, Extensions, stone cottage, Derbyshire

How To Simplify The Architectural Design Process

Posted by Tim Foster on Feb 6, 2018 11:23:21 AM

Having an extension built onto your home can potentially be a complicated process. It takes a lot of planning after all, not just to ensure the materials, labour costs and fittings remain on budget, but also that it complies with building regulations.

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Benefits Of 3D Visualisation In Architectural Design

Posted by Tim Foster on Feb 5, 2018 12:47:22 PM

Architectural design – and the house construction industry in particular - has been transformed in recent years through hand-drawn illustrations to 2 dimensional, CAD and now 3 dimensional rendering.

3D visualisation is the most impressive way of showing a client what the finished outcome of their project will look like from any angle, making it more difficult to miss any initial design flaws. It’s a high quality illustration technique and comes across as very professional. It also allows the client to quickly grasp what you’re trying to explain, since it’s right there in front of her or him.

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Changing Your Design Mid-Project: Reasons To Avoid This If Possible

Posted by Tim Foster on Jan 31, 2018 11:20:00 AM

Here at BDS Architecture we do our best to advise clients against changing their extension design half-way through the project. But it does happen. Sometimes it really is unavoidable, especially when it’s down to a sudden and unforeseen change in financial circumstances.

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Architectural Design Fees: What you Should Expect To Pay

Posted by Tim Foster on Jan 24, 2018 3:10:00 PM

After they have decided they definitely want a home extension, the next thing a client usually asks is how much it will cost. The answer to that is, of course, how long is a piece of string?

That’s because the cost of an extension varies depending on how big it is (such as single or double storey), what type of materials you will be using, who you are getting to build it and how you plan to furnish it. Even such seemingly random issues such as what the soil in your garden is like can affect the price, because this will dictate the complexity of your foundation and therefore the cost.

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Historic Building Renovation, Burton County Court

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Jan 22, 2018 12:15:24 PM

Burton Old County Court - Transforming into apartments - the design stage

Burton County Court Exterior1.jpg

When a historic building can no longer live up to it’s current purpose and provide the facilities required to serve the public’s needs, new facilities are sort and the old buildings are vacated falling into disrepair however this is a good new story as Burton Old County Court was sold by the local council to a developer.

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Topics: Architectural Designer, Extensions

5 Tips For Sourcing Architectural Designers In Derby

Posted by Tim Foster on Jan 17, 2018 2:02:58 PM

Having an extension designed and built is a pretty major project and one which you should certainly give a lot of thought to when it comes to who is going to undertake the work for you. If you happen to live in Derby then there are various channels you can go down to find an architectural designer you’d be happy to award the work to. How do you find him or her in the first place though? Well, here’s what we reckon is the best way to go about it:

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3D Visualisation for an Extension Design

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Jan 16, 2018 12:21:35 PM

3D Extension Design - Visualisation for project in Little Eaton 

 

Little Eaton Renovation and Extension 3D image Idea1.jpg

You may remember we visted our client in Little Eaton back in November 2017 with a view to designing a kitchen extension and redesigning the internal layout to optimise the overall living space. The project has moved on and the initial designs are now completed. The client is currently deciding which design/ layout they prefer. Above is design option 1 which has been created in 3D (CGI) to illustrate how the proposed extension would look in situ.

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Topics: Architectural Designer, Extensions

7 Things To Consider When Hiring Architectural Services

Posted by Tim Foster on Dec 13, 2017 11:00:59 AM

Very few people have the need to hire architectural services on a regular basis. On the contrary it’s probably something most homeowners will do once in a lifetime. So it’s important to research what kind of questions you’ll need to ask potential designers for your project. This is, after all, something that’s going to cost you thousands of pounds and - unless you’re planning to move home in the near future – you’ll be living with for at least a decade or more. So, were the tables turned and we were the client, this is what we would want to know here at BDS Architecture:

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