Would you like to improve your entertaining space but without the expense of a huge extension?
My clients, a young couple – we'll call them Jack and Jill, had just bought a house together. They hoped to live here for the long term and grow a family in. I met them the day after their moving day, with the house upside down and mostly still packed away in boxes.
Although they didn't yet have experience of living in their new house and couldn't express any known frustrations that they needed to be resolved through their redesign, they had analysed their life in their previous home and knew what they wanted to avoid that had annoyed them there.
A keen gourmet cook, Jack, wanted a kitchen with more space for his complex culinary efforts. They loved entertaining and playing board games with friends so wanted their dining room and kitchen to be open. They wanted a space that was sociable, large enough for groups of friends, while not getting in Jack's way in the kitchen.
Deeply in love, this young couple wanted to improve their lifestyle with more romantic meals together. They had fallen into the trap of eating evening meals in front of the TV and missed having conversations and enjoying that time together.
When we spoke they said they needed a bigger kitchen and dining room, with much larger table, to avoid the problems they'd identified, to give them the space they needed as a couple and as hosts with their friends.
When I asked what was stopping them eating their romantic candlelit dinners together at the table they told me that they couldn't be bothered to clear the table of clutter every day. Their dining table was getting piled up with stuff set down on the way in to the house every day. It was too much of an effort to clear off to make a romantic candlelit dinner together a regular thing.
We discussed what it was that was landing on the dining table and causing it to block up and become unusable. They said it was paperwork, laptops, bags and post. All the things that were coming in through the front door with them at the end of the day and needed to be set down somewhere to deal with and had no other specified place to go. This was the key to their problem. It wasn't so much the size of the dining table that was causing their frustration. It was having nowhere else to put all these things, that they needed and were an inevitable part of their arrival home. Without having somewhere for these things to go, they would always have this problem.
So we looked at the entrance and hallway. We discussed ways that they could have a place for each of the items that would typically come in through the front door. We identified places for coats and bags to hang, shoes to stack, post and paperwork to wait to be dealt with. Having these essentials given a place that was easier to use than the dining table would make their arrival home each day quicker and easier and avoid any need to clear the dining table.
Jack also worked from home and needed a more dedicated space to be able to work and then at the end of the day to be able to close off and switch off from work.
Initially they thought they needed a very large extension. Instead I showed them two options for reconfiguring their space without needing a huge extension. Both options gave them a larger open plan kitchen and dedicated workspace.
One option used only the built space they already had. The other option included a small two-storey extension to give them a bit more generous space, with an office space that could be more easily closed off, and an ensuite to a 1st floor masterbedroom.
Do you want to discover how you can solve the real problems and get the space you really need without unnecessary expense?
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When we watch grand designs and pick up an ideal homes magazine or scroll through instagram and pinterest it's so easy to start to believe that we really need to do something major to our home.
We need a huge extension.
We need to add sliding folding doors to our back living room to open it up to the garden.
We need an open plan family room.
We need all these things, even though we didn't think we needed them before we started comparing our home to others.
I know because this is how I've felt. I bought my home dreaming of building a big extension to it that would have all the fashionable things – the wildflower meadow roof, the inside outside living, the glass box window seat, the open plan kitchen with sociable island unit, the large masterbedroom with ensuite wetroom.
All these things are possible with my home because I bought a home that has that potential.
But I've realised that I don't really need all of that. Because I've upgraded my home in other ways and I've made it work for me without needing a large extension.
If you don't need to extend why go through the expense and hassle?!
My kitchen is too small and at some point I will extend to resolve that, but I've reconfigured the space I have and curated it so it's a comfortable dining kitchen and the space is elegantly efficient.
This tendency we have for comparing ourselves and our homes to others is natural. We are social creatures and we measure our own self worth against what we see as normal in the world.
It's so easy to get caught up in feeling like you need something because you are being shown all these seductive images and these ideas that seem so appealing.
The way to overcome this is to look within before you look without.
To really know if you do need and want an extension then you have to look at your own life and home and see if you are being defined and restricted by the space you have or not.
The main tell tale sign that you do need to extend your home is if there is not enough room to live as you wish.
Here are some examples...
If you want to be able to cook with the kids and get them started on a journey of independence and being able to boil themselves an egg, then you need a kitchen that is big enough for you and them to be in together.
If you do not have enough space in your kitchen to share the space safely then you need a bigger kitchen. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that you have to extend your house, as you may be able to allocate more space to your kitchen or reconfigure the kitchen units to be able to make more of the space you have.
If you want to enjoy hosting a movie night with your friends but there's not enough space in your living room for everyone to have a comfortable seat and see the screen then you need to reconfigure or enlarge the space.
If your kids don't have the space to do their homework, hang out with their friends or get away from their siblings. Perhaps the space isn't big enough or the way the space is allocated isn't working.
When you feel like you don't have enough space you can test this out.
The three things you can try first are to
Curating your space is the easiest, cheapest and quickest option. Though as anyone who has struggled to declutter will know it's not always that easy.
I have slight hoarder tendencies so I find this actually quite hard to do but I've found techniques that work for me and basically you need to find a way to make it fun and simply get started by setting a time to do it.
I teach you how to curate your space by applying the principles from the 5 Love Languages in my Create Your Loveable Home mini-course. You can get a taster for how to do this with my 5 Hot Tips to Love Your Home here: https://i-architect.activehosted.com/f/4
Repurposing your space can involve some mental gymnastics because it takes looking at your space and using your rooms for different purposes.
I've done this many times with my own home as I've switched bedrooms around, who sleeps were, and changed my office and dining room to a hobby and music room, and moved my office into a bedroom.
Often we place our sofa where the previous owners placed theirs and use the house in the same way as they did. But we don't have to do that. You can have your masterbedroom downstairs if you want to. You can share your bedroom with your kids if you want to. How you use the space in your home is up to you and if it doesn't work the way you're using it now, why not try switching it up?!
Rearranging your space is about how you place your furniture. While your repurposing of rooms may mean that you move your bed and the sofa to different rooms, then you need to decide how that furniture fits into the space you have and gives you the room to move around it to do what you need to.
As a child I used to get up in the middle of the night to rearrange the furniture in my bedroom. I'd push the wardrobe over to the opposite wall, turn the bed 90 degrees, pull in a chair from the dining room, and a few nights later move it about all over again. When I found a layout I was happy with it would stay for a while until for whatever reason it didn't feel right and I wanted the space to work differently. For example what I was studying for exams I pushed my bed into the corner to have more floor space to spread out my papers and do daily workouts.
If your home isn't working for you try these three steps to check if it's because you need more space or if you need to use the space you have differently. To get the Create Your Loveable Home mini-course and try curating your space in a new and inspiring way click this link: Www.i-architect.co.uk/loveablehome
It's not about the money sings Jesse J.
But the money or not having enough of it, may be what is holding you back from having the home you want.
So let's explore this and the steps you can take to get your happy home sooner, even if you don't have the money yet.
Let me know in the comments. Is lack of money holding you back?
Quick intro! I'm Jane, the eco-home architect. I create homes that make your heart sing!
So these are the questions to answer to get you to your end goal...
First lets explore how much your happy home is going to cost. Do you know this? Yes or no!
There are different ways to get your happy home. You can rent it, buy it or create it. They will all cost different amounts and take different lengths of time.
If you have a home and you want to extend it then you need to a design that has been costed to know how much you'll spend to get it.
But before you can really know if that cost is going to give you the result you want you need to start at the beginning. Do you know what you need in your home to live your version of your best life?
This is the crucial part! I call this Designing Your Home Vision.
Once you have your vision in place then you need to explore your options to see how you can create or get a home that fulfills your vision. Have you explored your options, knowing what you need to have to live happily?
This can include searching for property to buy or rent. It can also include creating sketch plans for changes to your home or for a new home in a place you love.
Finally you need to decide which option is right for you by double checking your options against your vision. This may include seeking specialist professional help. Have you double checked which option is right for you?
I have a Check-it-Out Checklist with videos that I give to my Home Design Foundation Package clients to guide them through this process. Doing this right gives you more certainty and helps you assess the costs, return on investment, and potential cost risks.
Once you know the right option for you along with the cost of it then you will know if you have the money to go ahead yet or not. If not you can put a plan in place to get the finances you need. You may well be surprised to find that you are already good to go!
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This project was for a couple who love sunshine, entertaining and cocktails.
Wanting to maximise their enjoyment of their Victorian terrace home, they called me in for a Home Design Workshop to explore the potential for a sunny roof terrace.
This couple were keen home improvers and had already extended their ground floor to create a beautiful open plan kitchen diner that opened out to their spectacularly lush back garden that rose up a steep slope behind their home.
They had also reconfigured their bedrooms to make it easy for them to entertain guests with two beautiful double bedrooms with ensuites. Their own bedroom had been further maximised by opening up to the loft space to create a dramatic double storey space with a small storage mezzanine.
Their garden, although stunning and well designed for entertaining, lost light towards the end of the day and was in shade by the evening.
What they were missing was some space to enjoy cocktails in the sunshine towards the end of the day.
They had discovered that their mezzanine space enjoyed the last of the evening rays and they wanted to see if they might be able to have a private sunny roof terrace where they could enjoy time together as a couple, enjoying a full evenings worth of sunshine.
This project explored if it was going to be possible to create a roof terrace given the size and configuration of the space. It also created sketches that could be used to discuss the proposal with planners to check on its potential to gain planning approval.
Although the balcony was feasible, the option to use a balcony rooflight, such as the Cabrio by Velux, seemed like a more affordable and flexible option for this couple.
A rooflight balcony would maintain the same mezzanine space internally but allow them to open it up during the summer to create the balcony as and when they wanted it.
Let's face it the UK isn't blessed with all year round sunshine so sunbathing and cocktails in the evening sunshine is unlikely to be a daily occurrence, unless we see some dramatic effects from Climate Change.
This sketch design gave this couple all the information they needed to help them make decisions for their next home improvements and saved them from making an expensive mistake with their home.
Design Your Home Vision Checklist
The first way to improve circulation space is to eliminate it.
Circulation space is just space that you're using to walk from A to B. It's often not very great space. The worst types of circulation space are narrow corridors with lots of doors. If you can, get rid of that type of space altogether.
One way to eliminate circulation space is to make your place more open plan.
In an open plan layout rooms are not separated off from each other and they don't have a separate circulation space in between the rooms. Instead there are different types of uses in the same room. So circulation spaces or hallways are not dividing up your floorplan and using up valuable space.
If you are not comfortable with a completely open space then open plan space can be delineated by furniture, partial walls or sliding screens.
Going from one room directly into another room then into another room is an ancient layout concept. You can see this in very old houses, Speke Hall in Liverpool is a really good example of this. Originally it was a courtyard building. It was built without corridors. You simply went from one room to another room to another room all the way around the courtyard.
Most of us would consider there to be a lack of privacy for bedrooms if you have to go through one bedroom to get to another bedroom. So from our cultural perspective on privacy this probably wouldn't work for most bedrooms. However, it could work in your living room or in your kitchen. For most people there's no problem to go from your living room through your dining room through to your kitchen.
Eliminating circulation space as much as possible and absorbing that into your living space can give you bigger and nicer living space that's more comfortable to use and fits in more of the furniture and activities that you want.
Reconfiguring an existing house by opening it up and eliminating circulation space will make it feel more spacious without necessarily also having to build an extension to create more space.
The second way to improve your circulation space and your floor plan through circulation space is to make that circulation space have more purpose. To give it a use. Especially a use that will give value to you and your life.
You can do this is two ways.
You could make corridors a little bit wider in some places. You could turn them from long thin narrow corridors and make wider spaces that are more useable. You should also consider really carefully the types of door that you use onto that circulation space and the positioning of the doors, and move them if it helps.
If you've got an older home, you might have circulation space that was intended to keep spaces separate so that they were easier to heat and keep warm. In this case you will have a door that you would close to maintain more warmth in the room.
If maintaining warmth is still a consideration for you in your home, at least at some periods during the year, then you could increase openings to double doors or sliding doors so that you can have some flexibility to treat the corridor space as part of the room. This gives you flexibility and the ability to use your space differently depending on the time of the year and the amount of warmth and comfort you need.
If you've got an older building, then maybe you're not actually looking at making lots of big changes. If you want to maintain the character of the rooms then you could give the circulation space more of a defined function to increase its useability for you. You could make it a room of its own in-between spaces.
Here are some ideas of ways that you can make your circulation space more useful and valuable for you:
If you've got a wide enough space for your dining table and chairs and still move comfortably around them, this can be a great option. Especially if you're not somebody who needs a formal dining room very often, but you'd like to have one for occasional use, then this can be a really good option.
When you're passing through it can be quite useful to have a table in a hall to put things down on. When you need to you can bring shopping in, put it on the table and then take it into the kitchen, for example. So this can be a very practical solution. Then you don't have a separate dining room that you're not actually using.
This gives you space with more function. You do need quite a big hall to be able to do this, especially if you want a big table and chairs permanently set up for dining. Alternatively you can look at different types of furniture, for example use dining tables that increase in size, such as extendable or drop leaf tables, and chairs that fold away or stack, if you want to make this approach work in a smaller space.
If you've got enough width or if you've got a staircase and you're not using the space underneath then you can make a home office.
Like many people maybe you now spend a day or two or even more working from home but you don't have a room that you can use as a home office.
Creating a home office within some of your circulation space is a really good way to get yourself a dedicated workspace that's not eating off space from any of the other rooms that you want to live in.
Anywhere you've got a long corridor type space is ideal to hang a swing. Little ones love swings. Adults love swings. Swings are great! So if you've got a long corridor space then you could hang a swing in there and play. You just need to make sure that you fix it into something structural that will cope with the weight and movement.
Corridors are also great for racing. Driving cars up and down. Scooting. All of that sort of thing. You could paint road tracks, train tracks, even just lines or lay a stripy carpet to make it into a play space for your children, or even you, to enjoy that space in a different way.
There are so many fun things that you can do with a corridor or hallway to lift it up and make it not just about circulation but give it more use and most importantly give your life more ease and enjoyment. More functionality in your home will make it work better for you and help you make the most of the space you have.
I hope these ideas:
- inspire you with ideas to make your home a more enjoyable and fun place to live
- show how you can maximise the space you have
- show how you can make small changes to the way you use your home
- will help you make your home an easier and more fulfilling place to live
Design Your Home Vision Checklist
"Can I afford this?"
Before I answer this question I want to share with you a story about one of my clients.
She was really keen on the spend-to-the-maximum option. This was her dream home option. It included a large new kitchen diner that would overlook and open up to the garden.
In the end the fit-easily-within-budget option was their chosen way forward. This option met all their needs from their home, leaving the kitchen, dining and living room untouched, and giving them a new guest suite / hobby room, with a shower room and utility.
Since the work has been completed my clients, have traveled extensively and enjoyed many evenings out indulging their passion for music at concerts around the country. She told me that she was really pleased that they had chosen not to spend to their maximum budget as if they had then they wouldn't have been able to live the same lifestyle, with as many exciting holidays or rock-n-roll gigs.
I was so pleased to hear that they are enjoying their life, that their home works well for them, and that they were really satisfied with the choices they had made.
This high level of satisfaction and enjoyment of life is what I hope for all of my clients.
So back to the frequently asked question, Can I afford this?
In truth the simple answer is that I can not answer this for you. Only you know what your finances look like and what your priorities in your life are. But there is a more important question, that I can help you answer.
What you should be asking yourself is...
Is it worth doing this work?
Here I'm giving you 5 key things to consider that will help you to answer this question.
1 | How long will you live here?
If you're planning to move in the next 5 years then look at other homes in your local area, which have the types of spaces and features that you'd like. Compare the market value of these homes to yours. Particularly look at homes that are similar to yours that have been added to.
Speak to a local estate agent to get some help understanding the current value of your home and the potential value once you've carried out the work.
Ask yourself if you can you do that work to your home and then recoup the costs of that investment when you come to sell.
Also ask yourself if it is important to you to be able to recoup your costs, or would living in a home that works for you, even if only in the short term, would be worth the spend even if you can't recoup it?
Or perhaps you're planning to live in this home for the rest of your life, or at least for as long as you can foresee. In that case it will be more difficult to assess resale value possibly several decades into the future and perhaps this is less important to you.
Ask yourself how much you feel it is worth live to live in this home but to make it better and suit your specific desires, needs and tastes. What value do you place on living in this home and having this home suit you better.
Consider how much it would cost to buy a house that meets your needs and desires without having to do any work to it. If you can find one then check what the difference in value is between your potential resale value and the purchase price of your ideal home.
2 | Do you need more space or better space?
If you decide that you need more space then as a starting point you can estimate around £2k per square meter for new build space and about £1k per square meter to upgrade and remodel existing space. This is in no way accurate costing for any particular project but is a reasonable guideline to start to outline what budget you will need.
As you can see it generally costs less to make your existing space work better than it does to build more space.
Estimating budgets based on cost per square meter is a method that you can use to get a ballpark budget figure, that can go up or down from this depending on the detailed decisions that you make. Sometimes these decisions may not be all up to you, for example if you have a really special building, such as a listed building or live in a conservation area, then you may have to meet special requirements and these figures can get much higher.
If you feel that you need more space then consider what do you need more space for? Then you can ask yourself if these uses are really worth the project spend.
If you have enough space but you want to make better use of your existing space then consider how your existing space is wasted or not working for you.
3 | How are you going to pay for it?
Is it from savings, mortgage, lottery winnings, a home building loan, inheritance? Where the money is coming from may affect your project. For example if the money is going to be released in stages this might affect your construction contract.
If you need to find the money somewhere then you need to get specialist financial advice. Speak to an independent financial advisor, a mortgage advisor or broker, to get advise on how to raise money to fund your project.
Do you really prefer to spend this money on your home or would you rather spend you money going to music concerts and extravagant holidays? Consider what other things you could be spending that money on and which is more important to you.
If setting your budget too high will mean sacrifices in other areas of your life then you need to be happy to live with those sacrifices. You might have your dream home, but if paying for that is preventing you from living the life you dream of then is it really worth it?
4 | Have you included for extra or unexpected costs?
On top of the construction budget you need to add 20% VAT and fees for specialist consultants. It is also wise to have some contingency money just in case something unexpected happens on site and this bumps up the cost.
Your basic consultants that you'll need to deliver a good project, are your architect and structural engineer. On top of these, depending on your project, your building and your area, you may also need surveyors to look at a range of things such as asbestos, drainage, trees (arboricultural), bats (ecology), amongst many other possibilities.
You may also want additional specialist designers on your team such as an interior designer, lighting designer, integrated technology or home cinema designers, sustainable renewable heating and energy systems designers and engineers. This depends on the quality of the build that you're looking to create. Which leads us neatly to this final question.
5 | What quality of build do you want?
Quality is a difficult thing to define. It means different things to different people. You need to define what quality means to you.
Then you need to decide if your idea of quality is more or less important to you than the cost to achieve it.
Here are some questions to help you decide what quality means to you.
How long do you want this work to last?
How long do you want this work to last? Do you want 25 years guaranteed and no more. Do you want something short term that you can sell on and don't really care about the long term effects because you'll be out of there. Or are you looking to create a legacy that will last for generations to come. Perhaps something that you can pass on to your grandchildren and great grandchildren. This leads on to other questions such as how durable do you want the materials to be?
Are you happy to carry out regular maintenance work, or not?
Consider the ongoing effort and costs of maintenance. Would you prefer to spend a bit more upfront so that you don't have so much ongoing maintenance to do? Or is there a particular material that does need ongoing maintenance, maybe is a bit more fragile, but you're happy to do that because you really love that material. An example of this might be timber windows instead of UPVc.
Is there anything that you want because you feel that it's the right thing to do?
For example would you prefer to use renewable materials, like timber instead of concrete, or locally made materials like Cumbrian sheeps wool insulation instead of imported German wood fibre board. Any aspect of quality related to ethical or environmental standards.
Will you have any special requirements imposed on your project?
For example if it's a listed building or a conservation area, you might have to use a particular material or traditional technique, such as a Welsh slate roof.
You need to consider and decide a few key things to set the right project budget for you. Improving your home can be an investment and it can also be fundamental to the satisfaction you get from your project and the basis of a lifestyle that you dream of.
Here are the points to consider in bullet form
- decide if this is your short or long term home
- decide if you need more space or better use of existing space
- decide where the money to pay for this is coming from
- include for any extra costs, like consultants fees, VAT and contingency
- decide what quality means to you and if that is more or less important than cost
Setting your budget is only one of the key decisions that need to be made when preparing for a construction project.
For guidance on other fundamental decisions you need to make at the beginning of your project get my free Design Your Home Vision Checklist.
The problem is you have no idea how to get there. You don't even know what decisions you need to make. Or, you have an idea, but it's so overwhelming that you don't know what to choose.
This much you do know. You know you need to replace your roof. Slates have slipped, the battens have snapped, there's no roofing felt left if there ever was any, and it's leaking in several places. You know you need some more insulation. It's freezing in winter and too hot in summer.
Imagine you have your roofer working away already. The scaffolding is going up. Your roofer is asking you for some decisions and needs an immediate answer. They want to get on with the work and you want your new roof completed before the next rainfall. You've got an hour to decide, tops, because they need to get the materials from the builders merchants this afternoon so they can make a start tomorrow.
Then imagine lying awake at night worrying if those were the right decisions and not ones that you'll live to regret.
Imagine taking your time to think about it over the weekend. Chatting about it with your other half over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Filling a Pinterest board with beautiful photos of your favourite options.
Minimum stress. Maximum chance of your best roof outcome.
If this sounds good to you, lets get started making decisions for your Victorian roof with this ultimate guide to Victorian Roofs in the North West.
Making the right decisions will help you to take your roof refurb from standard to stand-out.
Instead of losing character and keeping the same existing and typically poor quality of energy performance you can enhance the original features of your Victorian home and make it easier to heat and feel more comfortable at home, both during the winter and the summer.
To help you visualise all these elements and options follow iarchitectuk on Pinterest, where you can see my Victorian Roof Pinterest board and other architectural design boards to inspire you on your home improvements journey. You can also join my free Facebook group Design Your Home Vision, for homeowners of period property with potential, to share advice, support and inspiration with other homeowners like you.
So what is this significant first step?!
Put simply, it is a description of what you need and want.
I call this designing your vision and I've created some worksheets and checklists to help you.
Design Your Vision
1. Your Needs
2. Building and Site Information
3. Decide your Priorities
4. Your Desires
Why is this such an important first step?
A great brief creates a great building
Are you ready to take the first step for your project?
My favourite client brief from 2017 was “Please help me make my home more lovable”. This client didn't want to build more space, but wanted to reconfigure the space he had and incorporate better storage solutions so that his home both looked and felt better to be in.
Please help me make my home more lovable
Typically in the UK it costs about £1,500-2,000 per square meter of new-build space. This means that to build the space for a standard wardrobe, roughly W1.5m and D0.6m, this is likely to cost you between £1,500 and £2,000. Quite a lot of money for hanging some extra clothes especially since it's estimated that the average person only wears 20% of their clothes. So making the most of the space you already have is a good place to start when you're feeling like your home is bursting at the seams.
TIP#1 Gather Inspiration
TIP#2 Fresh Eyes
TIP#3 Spark Joy
TIP#4 Minimalist Game
Tip#5 The Clockwise Sweep
Now that you've completed your Spring Clean and have a fresh view of your home it's time to get the kettle on and enjoy your space. You've given your home a lovely refresh, and the chances are that you know your space better now than you did before. Come over to our Facebook page and show us your before and after photos.
Let us know in the comments below if you need more space and a more beautiful home and what you're doing to make it happen.
Stick around and you'll find out why it is!
Best of Houzz for Service Award 2018
Houzz also awarded iarchitect with “Best of Houzz for Design” in 2017 as our project photographs were among those most shared on the platform.
Houzz has also marked iarchitect out as an “Influencer” as we regularly help out members of the Houzz community through the dilemma forums.
We use Houzz with many of our customers to create ideasbooks which are great for communicating ideas and visualizing options. Cheers to communicating beautiful ideas and delivering good customer service!
"Jane's help and advice has been invaluable" Caroline Ellis, Homeowner
"Jane was able to come up with some fabulous ideas that ticked all our boxes and then some." Trasie Einig Jones, Homeowner
"Made the whole build process much less stressful and delivered on every level" Tracey Gibbs, Homeowner
"We are very pleased with the result" Elise Watson, Homeowner
Best Full-Service Architect Firm, Manchester
Excellence Award for Conservation Services, North West
Best Full-Service Architect Firm, Manchester and Excellence Award for Conservation Services, North West.
Since joining the RIBA conservation register as an accredited registrant, iarchitect has worked on a number of conservation projects. Our highest profile conservation project being the landscape refurbishment and access improvements for Northenden War Memorial. Cheers to protecting and enhancing architectural heritage!
Featured in Ideal Home, Dream Homes Edition
Another highlight of 2017 was a beautiful editorial piece published in Ideal Home, August edition. This piece showcases one of our completed projects in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, South Manchester. It is a lovely example of a Victorian Terrace for which we designed the extension, reconfigured rooms and refurbishment throughout to create a striking and comfortable modern family home. Cheers to warm, energy-efficient and characterful homes that meet the needs of modern families!
If you'd like to read about this project you can still get a digital copy of Ideal Home August 2017 edition:
Read about our project on page 100, August 2017 edition.
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- set your priorities
- define your wishlist
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Jane Leach, principal architect at i-architect