Open up!

Open up!

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 […]

Home and dry

Home and dry

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 […]

Garage design

Garage design

According to the UK automotive services company RAC, up to 50% of domestic garages are no longer used to park cars in. The other 50% are either a store for overspill from the house, Christmas decorations, bikes, DIY tools, gardening equipment and of course junk, or a makeshift utility, kids’ playroom or freezing cold gym! […]

Biomass boilers

Biomass boilers

Biomass is organic matter used as a fuel. It covers everything from fish oil and bone meal to wood and energy crops, however, in this first article our focus is on log, wood chip and wood pellet burning boilers.  In households, the most common biomass options are log, wood chip or wood pellet stoves and […]

Good connections

Good connections

If you like the idea of being self-sufficient in electricity (off grid), or doing your bit for the environment to slow climate change, or simply want to reduce your long term electricity costs, you may be wondering about small scale renewable power generation. This article briefly examines the main renewable technologies that generate electricity1; Solar […]