Originally the subject of a limited competition process for Dacurum Council, this Hemel Hempstead building is now under construction on a fast track contract. We completed the Planning stages of this project with CGP, for a local council Housing unit and a local charity for the Homeless. Details have been developed by Durkan (Contractor). We planned the communal and public areas to be related to each other by means of
Conservation Area extension
3 level House Extension on a tapered site. A huge additional area was created.
On site now, a smart new extension and refurbishment for a family house in a prime family area. We designed the bathrooms and kitchen, and a compact layout that fits in every amenity.
This is a design we did for a whole bungalow transformation, which is now well on the way to completion. The height of the roof had to be carefully designed in discussion with the local Planners, mainly because most of the immediate neighbours are bungalows and naturally we did not want to affect them adversely. The final image on this post shows the house as it was prior to the works.
Our ancestors lived much more from the land and forest. For the most part we tend to have sanitized, artificially heated, lit and created homes. There really is something about the use of natural, and also to some extent, recycled materials, which is very basic to our survival instincts. Maybe its part of a nesting instinct! It is with great pleasure that we incorporate oak, pine, birch for example in our design work for
Clients often would like colour introduced, but would not wish it to be overpowering, especially in a small space which has little or no natural light. We fulfilled this brief with pleasure recently in a practical glazing design for some doors.
When a client is wanting to improve the connection of their interior to the external space, we often use a flush set threshold design. Olser properties were sometimes built with very little emphasis on the access to back garden, especially prewar. In designing for the way we live now, large doors or windows tend to help give the wide views that give a feeling of seeing the natural world outside. We
In place of traditional cards we have decided to make a donation to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. We are closed over Christmas. Reopening Jan 6. See you then!