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Planning permission for rare barn conversion

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Living Space Architects has been granted planning permission for a Class Q barn conversion, a rarity for architects and an exciting project to have underway. Why are Class Q barn conversions so rare? Class Q barn conversions are renowned for being difficult to secure planning permission for. Planning Managers Councils are still working out the […]

Devon’s Home Design Yearbook

We are pleased to have featured in the 2018 edition of Devon’s Home Design Yearbook! This publication is one of the best reference guides for Devon home-owners in terms of its tips, advice and inspiration. Our work on the beautiful sustainable home in Dunsford,as well as a listed property in Thurlestone, refurbishment and extension of Brent […]

Our March Newsletter

Site visit to our Stoke Poges build

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It’s always exciting to see a project that you have created coming together. That’s exactly how we felt on our latest trip to Stoke Poges, to visit the site of our innovative new build with a contemporary design and similar feel to a German Huf Haus. The greyness of the day didn’t attract from the […]

Best of Houzz 2018

The importance of energy efficient housing

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Before a new house is built, it has to go through a ‘detailing’ process. This is one of the more technical stages of the design process, where the intricacies of the construction are assessed and the property receives an energy rating based on its efficiency and performance. A house that uses energy efficiently is not […]

Our January Newsletter

Living Space Architects awarded Best of Houzz 2018 award

Devon Historic Buildings Trust Award

Big things expected from Living Space Architects after completing ‘BIM’ training

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This week, two of our architects attended a three day ‘Building Information Modelling’ (BIM) training session in Bristol, equipping them with the insight and tools to more efficiently design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure. BIM is an intelligent 3D model-based process that uses innovative software to better quantify data and manage information and costs […]

Extending a small family home with simple techniques and impressive results

This project is the perfect example of a house that really has become a home. Jill and James McDowell came to us wanting to give their property in Earl Richards a contemporary revamp. Having been in the family for years, they were not prepared to part ways with their wonderful house, but realised it was […]

Design Award from Devon Historic Buildings Trust

Thinking about altering or extending a listed building? Read this first!

If you’re lucky enough to own a listed building, it’s likely that you’re already well aware that making adaptations to this object of national, historic or architectural value is no small feat. Listed building control is a type of planning control, which acts in addition to any other regulations that would normally apply. Acquiring planning […]

Feeling the chill? How we went about insulating a heritage home

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One thing about beautiful, historic houses is that they can often be really, really cold. As Brits, we are no strangers to wacking on the fire and arming ourselves with a fluffy socks and a hot water bottle, but what happens when this simply isn’t enough? When our client came to us with a brief […]

Western Morning News: A Labour of Love

Apprentice Awards 2017

An English take on a German design: Stoke Poges

Our client came to us with the brief of creating a house with a similar feel to the award-winning German Huf Haus design. Creeping into the UK market, these timber and glass houses are generally two-storeys high with pitched roof separated at the gable. Typical features include terraces, canopies, roof lights and large windows…we were […]

Restoration of Listed Medieval Hall House, Dartmoor

Today saw the completion of one of our favourite ever projects – the restoration of Staddon House in Walkhampton on the edge of Dartmoor National Park.  Our clients, Sue & Geoff Edwards, bought Staddons back in 2014, and after a year negotiating planning consent and 14 months on site the building is now unrecognisable. When […]

LABC Awards

Grand Designs: Country Curves

Architects in Residence at The Maynard School Exeter

Designing Homes For An Ageing Generation

Life expectancy among Britons is increasing exponentially and the proportion of the population over 65 years of age is expected to rise from five percent in 1950 to 16 percent in 2015. Scientists are predicting an explosion of dementia cases, expected to almost triple by 2050 to over 115 million. The majority of people with […]

Could Garden Cities be the solution to the UK Housing Crisis?

Does the UK’s Housing Crisis ever seem to slow? The UK’s shortage of affordable, decent homes continues to persist and with the pressing need to accommodate refugees escaping persecution from abroad, finding solutions to this problem couldn’t be more crucial. Planners after World War Two faced a considerable feat. They were tasked with finding a solution […]

Great Expectations- Building healthy communities and homes for our ageing society

The Living Space Architects team recently attended the Housing Lin conference in Bristol entitled: Great Expectations: Building Healthy Communities and Homes for our Ageing Society. Later living housing and building homes for the ageing is something that resonates strongly with our values and efforts, and we were interested to learn about other architects ideas in […]

Policy changes to accessible housing standards across England ‘optional’

Important policy changes to accessible housing standards across England came into force on 1 October 2015. While the new accessibility standards will be included into the Building Regulations, there are concerns about adoption as the government’s new standards are optional. In effect to comply with the new regulations, a housing provider need do nothing more […]

Inspiration from abroad: examples of the Spanish approach to homes for the elderly

When thinking of creative new ideas and designs, we often draw on inspiration from abroad. This year, we have been fortunate enough to be joined by architect Rocio Oteros from Spain. His interest in housing for later living has offered us unique insight into how this issue is approached in Spain and how it compares […]

Published in Real Homes Magazine

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Our beautiful house extension and refurbishment project in Grey Wings, Cornwall has been featured in the ‘Design Guide’ for Real Homes Magazine under ‘Sustainable Style’. This was a wonderful project to be part of, and we worked with obsessive detail to make the property the best it could possibly be. The result was a highly […]

How to find a new development opportunity

Decided to take on a property development opportunity? We don’t blame you! There’s something incredibly rewarding about seeing a property come together through your own planning, dedication and hard work. However, at the beginning, such a project can seem a little intimidating and daunting and it’s difficult to figure out where to start. So how do you […]

Basic principles for extending listed buildings

Clients often come to us asking how they might achieve an extension or alteration to a listed building. This can be tricky project to take on because any works of alteration, extension of demolition to a listed building requires listed building consent. This often also applies to repairs, so it is always wise to get […]

Creating a Dementia friendly home

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 www.dementia.stir.ac.uk 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

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

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!

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

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?

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?

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 […]

Designing for a Lifetime

“Let’s face it – we do not need special architecture for old people, we need the right architecture for all ages. The problem with designing environments specifically for older people is that nobody wants to move into them: they are the last resort, not the first choice. ” Matthias Hollwich with Matthew Hoff man , […]