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Altering & Extending Listed Buildings

30 Aug 2017 / in Uncategorized

TweetIn the first of a series of blogs about extending or refurbishing listed buildings, Kirsty Curnow Bayley, Director at Living Space Architects and RIBA Conservation Registrant looks at the first steps needed to help you  plan your renovation project. Making the Right Plans It seems obvious but you need to prepare well before you carry […]

Staddons in the press

12 Jul 2017 / in Uncategorized

TweetOur restoration and alteration of Grade II listed Staddons House in Dartmoor National Park was in the press this weekend, with an excellent article in the Western Morning News on Saturday.  Thanks to the fantastic Wire Creative with their help with the PR. See the full article here…

Insulating a Heritage Home

12 Jul 2017 / in Uncategorized

TweetWhen our client bought this property in Broadhembury they came to us with a brief to create a sustainable and well insulated home.  The only problem was they weren’t sure if they could insulate the existing solid cob and stone walls. Luckily the property wasn’t listed so there was a bit of flexibility on altering […]

Visit to Castle Drogo

03 Jul 2017 / in Uncategorized

TweetWe were delighted to be invited to view the roof works at Castle Drogo by the RIBA and get an insight into the work that has been done so far to repair this fantastic building. Kate, Fred & Kirsty had a guided tour of recently completed works to the South roof and learnt about the […]

Restoration of Listed Medieval Hall House, Dartmoor

02 Feb 2017 / in Uncategorized

TweetToday saw the completion of one of my 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 […]

Stoke Lodge

04 Dec 2015 / in Uncategorized

TweetOur client came to us with the brief of creating a house based loosely on a famous German design called a Huf Haus, which is made mostly of timber and glass.  These houses are generally two storeys with pitched roofs separated at the gable, terraces, canopies, roof lights and large windows are features typical of a Huf Haus. The interior is often […]

Designing Homes For An Ageing Generation

20 Nov 2015 / in Uncategorized

TweetThe number of those reaching 65 and over is increasing exponentially. With life expectancy rapidly improving, the proportion of the population who are over 65 is expected to increase from 5% in 1950 to 16% in 2015. With increasing numbers of elderly, scientists predict an explosion of dementia cases. In 2012 there were approximately 35.6 […]

Garden Cities – The benefits of this British dream

04 Nov 2015 / in Uncategorized

TweetDoes the UK’s Housing Crisis ever seem to slow? With the current refugee crisis, it couldn’t be more crucial in finding a solution to as the government look to house over 20,000 refugees from Syria over the next 4 and a half years, along side the expected household growth of 221,000 annually (BBC). Planners after […]

Housing Lin Conference – Building Healthy Communities and Homes for our Ageing Society

26 Oct 2015 / in Uncategorized

TweetThe LSA team recently attended the Housing Lin conference in Bristol entitled “Great Expectations: Building Healthy Communities and Homes for our Ageing Society.” We enjoyed an inspirational day exploring the themes of Inclusive Design & Holistic Communities, and the Financial Costs of Later Living care – both Building and Sustaining. Despite the phrase “planning ahead” being […]

New Accessible Housing Standards

02 Oct 2015 / in Uncategorized

TweetImportant 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 new government’s new standards are optional.  In effect to comply with the new regulations a housing provider need do nothing […]