Residential briefs are often complex and demanding; they can involve conflicting needs and priorities, they are often time-sensitive as families evolve and expand, and in most cases they involve existing buildings that have strained to adapt to suit previous occupants. Often we are given a brief that asks for something specific, such as an extension of a certain type and, whilst such an approach may solve some issues, we endeavour to also explore other creative (and sometimes less costly) ways of helping our clients solve the particular issues they have with their home.
At the start of each residential project, we strive to develop an understanding of every element of the brief we are given and how this relates to the unique way that each family unit, whatever form that may take, uses their home. From this basis, we can work with you to help unlock the potential of your home and extract the maximum value out of your budget. We have extensive experience in delivering a wide range of high quality residential architecture for our clients, from extensions & alterations for private clients, one-off commissions for new build dwellings, through to conversions of existing buildings to provide residential and/or commercial units as well as small-scale housing developments.
We hold a particular specialism in projects involving listed buildings, which often present the most acute challenges when balancing the immediate needs of the user with the ongoing demands of the building. This work falls hand-in-hand with our ecclesiastical work, and draws on our sensitivity and experience of working in heritage situations. Such work often requires a depth of knowledge and understanding of historic building fabric, its relative value and an appreciation of not just the limitations, but also the huge potential, that listed buildings hold. We also have extensive experience of the often complex and process of obtaining necessary approvals, such as listed building or scheduled monument consent, and in liaising with key stakeholders such as Historic England and local conservation officers.