For any massive architectural changes, it is important to know whether or not if you need planning permission. You can find more information at Gov.uk regarding planning permissions and occasions when it is needed.
Our list of architectural changes can transform your home into a boring, old property, into one that is modern, unique and stylish. See Benefits of hiring an architect.
Reconfigure your property
Reconfiguring your staircase doesn’t have to be a major or expensive project, however, simple pieces of joinery can me moved, adapted or replaced quite easily. The staircase in your property is key to movement within the house, but in a place where the layout is slightly awkward, it can reduce the homely feel. Use James Grace for inspirational staircase ideas.
You can transform them into spiral, squared, double-backed, lateral and much more. Contact us today to see what you can do.
Make the swap from pitched to flat roof
Traditional pitched roofs are often made from felt-like materials, and in areas of bad weather are not very cost-effective to have installed. This is because they need to be replaced and repaired every so often and usually requires quite a lot of maintenance throughout its lifetime due to leaks.
That’s why a lot of homeowners in the UK are beginning to make the switch to flat roofs because they are 100% recyclable, easy to install and will help them to save on their energy bills. Not only this, but they are beginning to become a stylish addition to the home as skylights and roof lights are easy to install – bringing a modern look and feel to the home.
Believe it or not, but a flat rubber roof has a life expectancy of over 50 years, however, there are lots of concerns from UK homeowners before they make the switch and we are often asked: “how do you maintain a rubber roof”. Flat EPDM rubber roofing membranes actually require little to no maintenance and you can find out more about it here.
Adding automatic gates
Enhance your home with automatic gates. Get the celebrity wow factor by having gates that open and close at the touch of a button. Gone are the days of getting out of the car to open and close the gates. In their place are admiring looks from your neighbours and of course, an increase in peace of mind as your home is now more secure.
- Something that is not often thought about is windows in your property. They act as the eyes of the house and can be stunning if chosen the correct style.
- One thing that we recommend is purchasing designer lights to install into your home – it can act as a feature point to your property, as well as being energy-efficient and safe. Bring the outside in your home with sun tunnels.
A kitchen makeover
A kitchen can act as the most sociable room in the house – it’s where people come to eat, drink and chat with their family. This explains why it is so important to ensure your kitchen is up to high standards in terms of quality, efficiency and even style.
A new idea that has been floating around architects minds is an under-counter microwave. Most microwaves are at face levels, which mean you are bringing hot foods close to your precious features. A microwave drawer can be used as a safe alternative to moving foods around – an idea from the future.
Other upgrades in the kitchen include new worktops, appliances, sinks and feature locations including an island.