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Published in Real Homes Magazine

15 Jun 2015 / in Uncategorized

This project was recently published in Real Homes Magazine under the title “sustainable style”…      

How to find a new development opportunity

02 Apr 2015 / in Uncategorized

We offer our tips on how to develop an existing property or build from scratch, illustrating a recent project in Tavistock and how to get the best from the experts and the research you can undertake yourself…. 1. Make contact with the local commercial agents 2. Research old and redundant buildings The […]

Extending Listed Buildings

26 Mar 2015 / in Uncategorized

Clients often come to us asking how they might achieve an extension or alteration to a listed building.   Most historic buildings reflect the cumulative changes of different owners and uses, however historically these changes and additions may have been made without the constraints of planning authorities. Any works of alteration, extension or demolition to […]

Creating a Dementia friendly home

18 Feb 2015 / in Uncategorized

Why is designing homes for people with dementia important? “Getting design right can make a fundamental difference to the lives of people with dementia.  It improves their life experiences and can increase life expectancy” The Dementia Centre What are the issues? More than 800,000 people in the UK are living with dementia, with numbers […]

Study of 3 Care Homes in Switzerland

11 Feb 2015 / in News

We are interested in these examples in Switzerland of housing and specialist care home buildings. These examples have a lot of people waiting to move in… WohnenPlus, Flaesch In the centre of a small village stood this old building which has been renovated. It had a small shop on the ground floor and the other floors were not […]

Designing for Disabilities – a personal view

05 Feb 2015 / in Uncategorized

It is a difficult day when you suddenly realise your parents are getting older and that they will increasingly need your help. For me it was when my Mum had a stroke 3 years ago and became paralysed, not able to speak or communicate. The long journey of recovery is still going, but with the […]

The Consultation Process: Let’s talk, let’s draw!

05 Feb 2015 / in Uncategorized

Our 4 hour consultation is a fantastic way to kickstart your project.  We visit you in your home and develop sketches with you at your kitchen table. Within a fixed time frame, we talk with you and then then get drawing, leaving you with some key sketches summarising our discussions. We view the consultation as […]

Funky Bungalows : the contemporary features

03 Feb 2015 / in News, Uncategorized

We are developing a renewed fondness for the single storey dwelling so iconic of English suburbia. Level access, connection with garden, privacy are all reasons why bungalows have been so popular with the older generation for a length of time. Alongside these attributes, the traditional typology may also contribute to feelings of Isolation, a large […]

What do the over 60s look for in a new build?

02 Feb 2015 / in News, Uncategorized

The number of over 60s living in the UK is continuing to rise. Designers and developers need to understand the needs of this section of the population. There are a lot of assumptions around what the over 60s look for in a living space, but we’ve found through our work with a number of retired […]

Biodiveristy – Hindrance or Opportunity?

01 Oct 2014 / in News

Yesterday evening we attended an eye opening masterclass about Biodiversity considerations within developments, with Dr Steve Holloway, the principle Ecology Consultant from SLR. Age old prejudices between developers and ecologists were disbanded as it became clear that both sides were seeking a pragmatic solution. Every developer in the room had run into difficulties with Local […]