The Green Homes Grant

The Green Homes Grant

The Gift of a Greener Home

Rishi Sunak’s announcement of the ‘Green Homes Grant’ has been applauded by Homeowners, Landlords and the Home Improvements Industry, alike.

This landmark grant aims to create better environmentally efficient homes, reduce the UK carbon footprint, lower energy bills, and boost the economy of the home improvements industry!

Energy-saving measures such as insulating your home are the key focus of the scheme. So if poor insulation has you reaching for an extra duvet during the winter months, it is quite probable that you could be eligible for the grant.

The ‘Green Homes Grant’ wants to support the on-going efforts to become a net-zero nation by helping homeowners upgrade their properties with energy-saving features, and the good news is mostly all Homeowners and Landlords will be eligible.

Understanding the Grant

In most cases, a voucher of up to £5,000 will be rewarded, whilst those on lower incomes can be eligible for up to £10,000. For those who aren’t categorised under a lower income, the vouchers will be worth up to a maximum of £5,000 but may only cover 2/3 of the total cost.

You must select one or more of the below primary measures under the scheme.

Primary measures

•          Air or ground source heat pumps

•          Solar thermal

•          Solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall, loft, flat roof, room in room, or roof insulation

To qualify for a secondary measure, you need to have one of the primary measures carried out and the cost of the secondary measures must not exceed that of the primary measure(s).

Secondary measures

•          Upgrading doors to energy-efficient alternatives (replacement of doors fitted before 2002)

•          Draught proofing

•          Double glazing, triple glazing, and secondary glazing

•          Hot water tank/appliance tank thermostats/heating controls, as well as thermostatic radiator valves, smart heating controls, or zone controls

This means that, if your application meets the above criteria, you are authorised to use the vouchers against the cost of:

•          Double glazed windows

•          Triple glazed windows

•          Secondary glazing (helpful if in a conservation area where rules don’t permit adjustments to the look and feel of a property)

•          Energy efficient doors

Time to Act

Applications for the ‘Green Homes Grant’ Scheme open at the end of September and are due to end in March 2021.  If you think you may be eligible for a claim as part of your next home renovation plan, you can apply via the Simple Energy Advice website.  https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk

You need to include a quote from a local approved installer, listed on the SEA website and once the application is approved a voucher will be issued to you.

It’s not often you get given a financial helping hand to support some much-needed home renovations, so make the most of it and register your application.

For more information on how your ‘Green Home Grant’ can supplement your next home development project or for advice on local Trades that are supporting the scheme, please contact our team of expert RIBA accredited Architects.

The Power of Permitted Development

As of 1st of September, the UK Government has made some landmark changes to permitted development rights in England allowing us to enlarge our property without the need for planning permission.

The new permitted development rights to extend upwards have been in the pipeline for a long time and our team of RIBA accredited Architects have been building up their knowledge base to enable them to support our clients in understanding how to make the most of the new rules.

What is Permitted Development?

The General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) is a national grant of planning permission, which allows certain building works, and changes of use to be carried out without having to make an official planning application. The new policy has been rewritten to help speed up the planning process and create more homes by building upwards or altering the use of existing buildings.

What does Permitted Development mean to you?

The new rules were designed to help us all make better use of our existing housing infrastructure and to revive town centres and increase footfall. Homeowners are now able to add two more floors to their houses without needing full planning permission and commercial premises may now be demolished of changed for use in favour of residential development. 

The good news is that the red tape has finally been removed for a speedier process that opens up a number of possibilities for better living and financial gains for Homeowners, Developers and Landlords

Building Upwards

The new rules permit the construction of up to two additional storeys of residential accommodation on top of existing, purpose-built blocks of flats. Two additional storeys may be added where the existing dwelling house is two or more storeys tall, or one additional storey where the dwelling house consists of one storey, for example, in the case of a bungalow.  

Navigating the Criteria

In theory, the update to the Town and Country Planning Regulations 2020 sounds relatively simple but there are still several restrictions that need to be navigated and adhered to.  Upwards extensions need to meet a tight criteria taking into account height, natural light, neighbour privacy and the construction method you want to use.  All projects of this nature will be subject to prior approval and formal submission of application to the local planning authority to seek confirmation that specified parts of a development are acceptable before work can commence.

Personal Gains

With the flexibility to extend your home upwards, you may no longer need to move home to create the extra space needed for or a growing family or elderly parents.

In the past, moving home to accommodate family life may have been your only option. Now you can forget Estate Agents comissions, stamp duty, moving costs and Solicitor fees, vertically extending your home with up to 2 storeys can provide the perfect living solution whilst protecting your precious garden space. 

We understand the rules so you don’t have to

Permitted development rights come with their own restrictions and in some cases particular homes may not be subject to PD rules. A permitted development application needs to be accompanied by scaled architectural drawings, which outline the existing property and proposed development. 

Our experienced RIBA Architects can help you navigate the new PD rules, supply technical drawings, encompassing creative and practical design features whilst making the most of the space and providing maxim value of the investment at a relatively small cost.

And of course, in the case that you require more flexibility and freedom for your project, we can apply for planning permission on your behalf to ensure the right criteria for your proposal is met and help maximise fast approval for your plans from the local council. 

Please contact us to discuss the vision for your project and our highly skilled team will help you understand how to truly make the most of your home.

Fresh Laundry Goals

Yes, we can all be dazzled by a gorgeous en-suite bathroom and a beautiful dressing area, but the one room that really can make others gasp in pure envy is an all-singing, all-dancing utility room.

Any growing household can almost guarantee an expanding laundry pile to match and accumulation of some of the dirtiest and most disliked household chores.

A utility room may often be compact, but it can also be the perfect place for the jobs that are far too dirty for your kitchen sink, hence making them one of the most desirable rooms in your house and adding considerable market value.

Well functioning utility rooms are all about making life easier, tidier, and more efficient. A perfectly equipped zone to move dull chores away from the family kitchen and freeing up some precious living space.

When designing new dwellings or extending existing homes our Architects are often asked to include a utility room. Our team are experts at this type of home extension that often falls within the realms of Permitted Development allowing you to create your dream utility room without the need for planning permission.

What we consider when designing your utility room:

Laundry Chute – Deposit your dirty linen directly to the washing machine. You will never see an odd sock on the stairs that got dropped along the way to the washing machine again.

Pulley Maid – Make the most of the ceiling space with a pulley maid drying rack as a sustainable alternative to the tumble dryer.

Larger Integrated Appliances – A designated utility room can make way for large integrated appliances such as a tumble dryer and a washing machine, making laundry a far less laborious task.

Water Softener – The inclusion of a good quality water softener tackles the problem of lime-scale by eliminating harmful minerals from the water before it has a chance to reach your appliances making them sustain the test of time for much longer.

Shelving – A practical shelving solution will give you the perfect system to keep things tidy and a great place to store detergents and other harmful liquids away from young children and pets.

Hanging Racks – Foldaway racks are a space-saving alternative to the tumble dryer, drying your clothes in an environmentally friendly way and reducing the need for ‘Popeye’ arms when ironing.

Counter Space – A reasonable amount of counter space enables fuss-free folding of clothes. Try to include a pull-out version to make the most of smaller spaces.

Large Sink – An oversized sink is indeed a core luxury item, the best place to wash the dog, clean muddy football boots or to soak the team rugby kit!

A well-designed utility room really can deliver the wow factor! Any good Architect will design this space making sure you have more than enough storage for coats, bags and shoes, above and beyond the number of power points for all those appliances you have planned in, whilst considering the use of under-floor heating for practical use to help dry your washing faster.

The A-Z of Architecture Argot

Working with your Architectural project team on a new home, house extension, or development project is always an exciting adventure, however, the hundreds of technical architectural terms we use can be confusing.

Whilst Architectural words and phrases form part of our daily discussions, for someone new to our world it can indeed sound like a foreign language.

To help you better understand this dialect of industry acronyms and colloquialisms we have put together a list of the most common phrases you might hear being used by our Architect team when planning your next building project.

Happy reading!

A

ACO Drain – A drainage system that collects water from the surface of a pavement and directs it into an underground drain.

Aesthetic – The appearance of something.

Arcade – A covered walkway lined by columns.

Archway – An opening with a curved or pointed top.

Asbestos Survey – A survey undertaken on a property to identify if asbestos-containing materials are present.

Architectural Symmetry – Characteristic by which the two sides of a facade or architectural floor plan of a building present mirror images of one another.

B

Balcony – A platform that projects from the wall of a building.

Balustrade – A guard to protect from falling or to assist with walking.

Banal – The architect’s version of “boring”.

Bespoke – Individual and unique. This often applies to joinery, built-in carpentry, or kitchens.

Beam – A horizontal structural member usually in steel or timber which needs to be designed /sized, in most cases by a Structural Engineer

Bracket – A projection from a vertical surface that provides structural and/or visual support for overhanging elements.

Building Envelope – The elements that wrap a building – the outside of the total building.

Build Over Agreement – Compliance for when your extension or conversion takes place near or over a public sewer to confirm the foundations of your new construction have given sufficient clearance from the sewer and that access will still be possible if the need arises. An application to the water authority will need to be made and a fee paid.

C

Cantilever – A long projecting element fixed at only one end, with no columns to support it.

Casement Window – A window frame that is hinged on one vertical side or at the top, and which swings open to either the inside or the outside of the building.

Cashflow Forecast – A chart to show how the total cost of the project will be spread over the whole programme of the building works.

Column – A vertical structural member or pillar usually in steel or timber to support a horizontal structural member.

Conservation Area – An area of a town or village designated by the local authority as needing to be managed and protected due to the special architectural and historic interest of the place.

Contamination Report – A Phase 1 report by a specialist is often needed to accompany a planning application when a barn conversion or new home is proposed to check if any previous use on that land would cause a risk to future residents of a dwelling or other new use. If contamination is predicted then a Phase 2 report will be required, complete with soil and other tests if asked for in the planning conditions, followed by a Remediation Report and finally at the end of the build by a Verification Report.

Contemporary – Current and up to date design.

D

Dimension – The length or height of something.

Domesticity – A description of a place’s homeliness.

Dormer Window – A perpendicular window located in a sloping roof to provide more space, height, and light.

E

Eaves – The projecting edge of a roof that overhangs an exterior wall or opening and supports the gutter (unless there is a concealed gutter).

Elevation – The view when looked at the face on to each side of the building

Extension – The construction of extra floor space for an existing building.

F

Facade – An exterior wall, or face, of a building.

Fascia – A sheet of material timber, plywood, or sometimes UPVC at the eaves and behind the gutter.

Fenestration – The arrangement of windows and external doors.

First Fix – the first stage of fitting in a building project, for example, fitting the wires for the sockets or the pipework to the future radiators or sanitary ware

Floor Plan – The arrangement of rooms in a building at each level.

Floor Area – The total area measured as square metres taken up by a building on each floor, usually taken from within the exterior walls

Foundations / Footings – Designed by a structural engineer to sit under the building to evenly transfer the weight of the building to the earth, most often in concrete.

G

Gentrification – Standardising, normalising and bring wealth into a place.

I

Ironmongery – Items made from iron such as door handles,  locks, hinges window fittings, railings, handrails, switches, and sockets.

J

Joinery – Carpentry.

Joists – A horizontal structural element that supports the floor and/or ceiling

Juxtaposition – Two opposites placed together for increased effect (old and new).

L

Listed Building – A listed building or structure is one that has been placed on a statutory list by Historic England and requires protection not to be demolished, extended, or altered without special permission from the Local Planning Authority.

Listed Building Consent – Permission is given when a Listed Building Application has been made and approval has been given.

Loft Conversion – The process of transforming an existing empty attic space or loft into a functional room.

M

Masonry – Being of stone, brick, or concrete.

Massing – A simple arrangement of the to-be designed spaces.

Modular – Describes a (simple) construction system for a building that could be added to indefinitely.

N

Nodes – The connecting point of a network, usually of roads or paths.

O

Orangery – an extension, which has a solid structure with proportionately more brickwork than that of a conservatory with, a flat roof and a lantern and windows at the sides separated by columns that sit beneath the roof formed of internal pelmets and glass panels.

Organic – Natural and often curvy in appearance.

P

Parapet – Usually a piece of wall that protrudes up above a flat roof, for example, to hide a gutter when you build close to a boundary

Party Wall – A wall, also known as a common wall that is a dividing partition between two adjoining buildings that is shared by the occupants of each residence or business. If you need to cut steel beams into a party wall then a party wall agreement is required.

PEA – Preliminary Ecological Assessment – often required accompanying planning applications for barn conversions or new houses to assess if any protected species are living within the agricultural building or on the land.

Plan – An aerial view, looking down onto the building. They can show the roof, doors, walls, and windows, together with the internal layout.

Planning Permission – Permission is given to carry out certain building works or extensions issued by the Local Planning Authority after an application has been made following the issue of drawings and other related documents.

Planning Conditions – Each planning permission has attached to it certain conditions to be complied with some of these are pre-commencement planning conditions that need to be satisfied before construction can begin by means of extra drawings or reports to be issued with a further planning application for approval of conditions.

Programme – A chart to show which order building work will be carried out over a number of weeks.

Projection – A side wing, tower, or window bay that protrudes from a building.

Proud – Sticking out, as in “the countertop is proud of the cabinet” sits proud

Purlin – Longitudinal, horizontal structural member in a roof (often used in roofs which do not have trusses.)

R

Rafter – A sloped structural member such as a wooden beam that extends from the ridge, wall plate, or eave designed to support the roof deck.

Rebate – A recessed strip.

Regenerate – To improve and bring back to life.

Ridge – The horizontal line at the junction of the top edges of two sloping roof surfaces.

Ridge Beam – The top structural member of a roof either in steel or structural timber

Robust – An object, method, or idea that seems to be flawless and sensible.

Roofline – The top of the part of a building that rises above the eaves of the building.

Rooflight – A window in the slope of a roof or set in a flat roof with upstands.

S

Sanitary Ware – Toilets, basins, showers, shower trays, baths, taps, etc.

SAP Calculation – A rating that is required to produce a Predicted Energy Assessment and an On Construction Energy Performance Certificate.

Sash Window – A window usually made from timber, which has the opening parts sliding vertically (or horizontally) within a frame. Mostly works on a series of lead weights but more recently by a pair of spiral sash balances.

Scale – The size of something. Planning drawings are often at a scale of 1:100 and construction drawings are at a scale of 1:50 or 1:20 with joinery details at a larger scale of 1:10. 1:5 or 1:2.

Second Fix – The final process of fitting electrical or mechanical work at the end of a project – completing actual fittings such as sockets, taps, radiators, and sanitary ware.

Section – A drawing of a vertical cut through of the building that results in the removal of one of the selected parts to reveal it’s the object’s inner elements – used usually to show the space and structure of a building.

Sequence – A defined order of items.

Setback – A step-like recession in a wall.

Site Investigation – A preliminary process used to gather the information needed to carry out the viability of the project.

Soffit – The flat board in timber, ply, or UPVC under the eaves.

Spatial Composition – How a building and its parts sit together and interact with its context.

Sustainability – A measure of how environmentally friendly a building is.

T

Threshold – The boundary between two spaces, often marked by a door, change of flooring, or similar change.

Trial Hole – A pit or trench dug to determine the geology and the water table of the site. Structural engineers can need to commission these to be dug in the ground to analyse the make of the ground at different depths to be able to design the foundations of a building or extension. Particularly needed if there are trees in close proximity.

Topographical Survey – Az survey by a company of existing buildings and land to measure what exists and work out ground levels.

Trusses – A triangular roof structure usually made of wood that actually makes up the roof structure.

U

U Value – The measure of how effective the building’s fabric areas are at preventing heat from transmitting between the inside and the outside of a building.

V

Vernacular Architecture – Vernacular architecture responds to local methods of building construction, local climates, and local living needs and traditions.

Our talented Architects offer exciting ideas and expert opinions on layouts and plans for new homes, house extensions, conversions, home office, pool houses, and much more. Take advantage of our extensive local ‘planning permission’ and ‘permitted development’ knowledge and let our brilliant team turn your concept into a reality.

MP Architects Appoint Marketing Consultant Jessica Parkes

MP Architects LLP has boosted its award-winning team with the appointment of Marketing Consultant Jessica Parkes.

With a wealth of experience and career history as an independent Marketing Consultant, Jessica has been appointed to assist MP Architects LLP with the planning and delivery of their Sales and Marketing strategy.

Jessica will be supporting the growth of the business with the development and implementation of Social Media, PR, Website Content Marketing, Branding, Marketing Materials, Search Engine Optimisation along with Digital and Direct Marketing Strategies across the practice as it continues to deliver top-class architectural services.

Parkes joins MP Architects LLP’s growing Essex based team who previously worked as a Marketing Consultant for a Property Tech Company said “I am delighted to join such an established business with a brilliant team that has the energy and drive to succeed, I am really looking forward to developing a focused marketing strategy and communications programme to increase our profile and win new business.

Martyn Pattie, said of the hiring:  “Jessica’s appointment represents part of our rapid growth and our need for a Marketing Specialist to support our future business plans. She comes with an abundance of relevant experience to help us move forward professionally and successfully.”

For further press information please contact Jessica Parkes, MP Architects LLP  

E: jessica@mparchitectsllp.co.uk

 T: 01277321214

Make Working from Home Work for You

Millions of people have been forced to work from home since the coronavirus outbreak in what could be described as the biggest remote working experiment in history. 

It is without a doubt that working from home can have a positive effect on both your work and life balance, and in a ‘post-crisis’ world you may want to continue this way of living.

Studies have proved that the most common benefit of home working is the elimination of the unrelenting commute. By not traveling to work you can save time and money all whilst having a positive impact on the environment. 

As well as making far better business sense, the extra time may also  provide more you with opportunities to see your family, exercise, cook healthier meals, complete household chores or simply just catch up on an extra hour of sleep.

The technology capability to support valuable working from home is solid and available, however, you do need to be in the right ‘zone’ to be happy and productive. Slouching on the sofa with a laptop or hunched over the kitchen table is far from an ideal work environment. 

By creating a separate office environment you can retain a professional and productive workspace whilst ensuring privacy and less opportunity to be distracted.

Have you considered setting up a home office as a separate structure from your home? This will create a clear distinction between home and work life, especially if your work demands a quiet space away from family life and a barking dog!

Could it be a possibility that you may need to invite colleagues or clients to your home office in the future?  A light and airy garden office, stylish garage conversion, or beautiful home extension could be the perfect place to create the professional arena you may need. 

MP Architects can support you with identifying the best position to situate your home office and create the perfect professional working environment that will retain your privacy and increase productivity.  Also, where necessary we will obtain quick and simple planning permission if your outbuilding falls outside the boundaries of permitted development.

We are here to help you to commit and define this new way of working life.   Your new home office will help you focus and increase efficiency, whilst also giving you the opportunity for mid-morning coffee breaks with your partner, walking the dog at lunchtime, or just clocking off at 5pm to relax in the evening sunshine with a delicious G&T.

G & T
G & T

Furlough Fruition, Baking and Beyond….

March 2020 and the nation tuned in to listen to Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announce unprecedented measures supporting businesses and their employees through the COVID-19 pandemic.

For many of us, the term ‘Furlough’ was an unknown phrase and a new concept.  Fast forward a few months and Furlough has certainly become a widely used word that over 9 million UK workers can now fully understand.

Like others, part of our team was temporarily “furloughed” as we adjusted our workforce to meet staff and business needs. 

As tempting as it may sound, binge-watching Netflix in their PJ’s was something that none of our furloughed staff wanted to do.  They made the most of the opportunity to engage in training and learning new skills, so that upon their return to work they will be more prepared and informed than ever before! 

And they didn’t disappoint….

One of our Senior Architects, Kate Murray spent many hours educating and improving her knowledge of Revit, the leading BIM modelling software tool that is used by architects all over the world. Revit enables the design of structures that, when built, should look exactly like the digital view.  Kate also managed to decorate no less than five rooms in her home and perfected her baking skills of delicious sourdough ‘lockdown’ loaves!

Dandi Passerini is another multi-talented member of our team.  Along with learning the art of ‘parent home schooling’ Dandi also continued to fulfil her annual RIBA CPD obligations, whilst studying very hard to become a qualified BREEAM AP.  

BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure, and buildings, which means that Dandi will be able to provide a professional BREEAM consultancy service to clients, designing buildings that achieve the accredited BREEAM sustainable rating.  

Our Architectural Assistant, Navid Hamzeheinejad has definitely made the most of this great opportunity too.  Navid has been working tirelessly on his studies for his RIBA Part 3 examinations. This is the final stage of the qualification process, that will see Navid’s passion and dream of becoming a qualified Architect develop into a reality.   And…as if that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, Navid has also given himself a huge skills boost, engaging in Rhino 3D design software tutorials and allocating any spare time to becoming a multilingual mastermind and taking steps to learn German. Gute Arbeit Navid!

Upon reflection, as businesses start to reopen and staff begin to return, the furlough scheme has allowed us to adapt to the challenges that came hand in hand with pandemic and the global economic slowdown, but it has also lent itself to allowing our passionate team to up-skill and educate themselves, making ‘furlough’ work for their careers, our customers and to support the longevity of our successful Architect Practice.

Stay Healthy.

Martyn Pattie

Homes – The New Normal

For the past 80 days, most of us have spent more time at home than ever before.  Our ‘Home Sweet Home’ has been acting less like a hotel and more like a makeshift workplace, school, pub, gym and most of all a safe place to retreat to, from the virus.

Coronavirus has encouraged us to rethink the kind of life we want to live post-pandemic and the role our homes will play in this.  The future design of practical living has changed and we now know what works and what doesn’t in our home layout.

Have the light and airy open-plan living spaces you once craved been a major cause of stress during this period, due to the lack of privacy and unforgiving acoustics? 

And, has the major shift with so many of us working from home encouraged you to realise that your spare bedroom is no longer a suitable ‘WFH’ solution?

Has it become clear that your dining room is perfect for dinner parties, but highly impractical for home-schooling?

Our gyms have been closed for months and with the sale of home exercise equipment reaching stratospheric heights, it seems that home gyms have become almost as crucial as a home office!

The Kitchen has always been the most essential room in any home, but with the closure of restaurants and pubs they have become even more important as they are used as a central hub for work, schooling, cooking and also a place just to ‘hang out’.

We will all be striving to make our homes cleaner and healthier, with fewer indoor visitors and less room for cross-contamination. Our future housing designs will be responding to what people perceive as priority features in their homes and the new realities of home education, working from home as well as a healthier lifestyle. 

Sir Winston Churchill once said, ‘Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it’

Indeed, many of us are now understand the surprising advantages of historic homes and their separate rooms that nowadays would differentiate places at home for work and for living.

We also now may prefer the exercise in our own homes or in public outdoor spaces as opposed to visiting the local gym.

Who knows…. we may even see the return of the ‘outside toilet’!  Once deemed as a sign of hardship, but could now be seen as luxury addition, designated just for visitors to your home post COVID-19.

If it is time for you to think about a better functioning home with clearly thought out spaces, smart solutions, family-friendly acoustics and beautiful outdoor living spaces, let us help you make your home one that can withstand the future of change.

Stay safe, stay healthy.

Thank you NHS Key Workers

We want to say a huge thank you to the thousands of key workers that have been working tirelessly on the frontline during the COVID -19 pandemic. We are truly inspired by what you are all doing in these challenging times.

Despite the hardships and health risks, our essential frontline workers continue to do their jobs to keep us safe, fed, collecting our bins, providing life-saving medicine, caring for those who are most vulnerable, cleaning our public places and hospitals.

We thank you for the risks and challenges you face, putting your lives on the line, trying to save ours.  

We also extend our thanks to our loyal clients and future customers for supporting our local architectural practice at this difficult time.  We are continuing to work and moving your projects forward, but also protecting each other by observing Public Health England’s social distancing guidelines. 

 Please Stay Safe and Protect our NHS.

Thank you NHS rainbow

Great Ideas, Brilliant Designs, Perfect New Homes

Designing and building a new home can be one of the most exciting and rewarding projects you will ever undertake.

It is often said ‘that everyone has at least one house build within them’ and with recent studies showing that one-third of all new detached homes are self-built, maybe it could be time to turn your ‘new-home dream’ into a reality. 

Anyone who is remotely interested in commissioning a bespoke home will have surely indulged in one of the popular ‘self-build’ TV shows and what’s not to love!   Beautiful elaborate homes, practical living quarters with desirable design features such as dog showers and laundry chutes whilst ensuring the ultimate use of space and a real sense of excitement and pride by the home-owner when the project has been completed. 

However, building a new home can be an incredibly daunting experience and no matter how many TV shows you watch, books or blogs you read, it is incredibly hard to become an expert on everything from design, planning laws, to building regulations and all that is in between.

So, a great place to start is by researching local residential Architects that have a proven track record with good design concepts for new homes in your area.  A good Architect can guide and support you through the entire process of building your new home from scratch.  They can help you understand the project’s feasibility and the planning process you may be facing.

New homes require a lot of expert thought into innovative, economical and sustainable design features, all the while being aware of accessibility, environmental impact and the optimum financial return should you ever choose to sell.

Yes, building a custom home is a big job, you can expect lots of highs throughout the process.  The excitement of receiving the first issue of beautiful plans and drawings, the success of approved planning permission, building work commencing and rooms starting to take shape will surely will give you nothing but pride and satisfaction throughout the journey.

 By surrounding yourself with a quality team of experienced experts, you can be assured that the difficulties will be few and you will soon be enjoying life in your beautiful new-home that has been completed efficiently and to an exceptionally high standard.

If you have future property plans and would like some professional advice on how to achieve them our fantastic team at MP Architects are here and ready to support you. 

There is no need for ‘face to face’ meetings or handshakes, we are working just as effectively through contactless telephone consultations and our easy to use virtual meeting resources. 

Please contact us at any time via email or telephone to discuss putting the plans in place for your future way of living.

 We look forward to hearing from you.

Stay healthy.