As an architecture student, I had a fixation with the use of ‘proportion’ systems in building design. From Vitruvius to Le Corbusier, many architects historically employed mathematical and geometric systems to help formulate the layout of their buildings. This approach has been largely abandoned by contemporary architects and designers.
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Thinking of buying a house to renovate? Here’s some inspiration from homeowners in an urban context. The family continued renting before they could move into their self-built refurbished digs, but the result was well worth the wait…
Mushrooms growing on walls, attics dripping with condensation – the perils of a retrofit that’s been poorly designed or executed are severe. The good news is, it’s easy to avoid the heartache. A
Pitched or flat, tile or slate, roofs have a very important role to play in our wet and windy climate!
Your roof is one of the most important elements of your home in terms of both cost and appearance. Though it is often seen as just a functional covering to keep out the elements, with a little imagination it can be a real design statement too.
23 years ago Mark designed and built his own home and in the process vowing he’d never extend it, but as the family grew in size he reversed that decision and added an open plan living area with a vaulted ceiling to the newly County Down extension…
Warranties aren’t just for appliances, they’ll help hedge your bets on your self-build or renovation too… A
Few endeavours give more satisfaction that taking a run-down property and transforming it into a home, but don’t just rely on instinct when buying a fixer upper. X
Do you want to add a new opening to your house? New back door, access to the utility, a room with a view – whatever the reason we look at what you need to consider and whether you can do it yourself. We as architects are often asked about knocking through an internal or external […]
Basements are a convenient way to add space when extending above ground isn’t possible. There are two critical areas which we address in this article: resistance to moisture and water resistance to make sure your project is a success. All elements of basement construction are specialist work and therefore are not really activities that should […]