How much to build it?
  • 12-Apr-2013

You have spent several months working with your design team. You've looked at windows, doors, tiles and decided which rooms you want to wallpaper and paint. The drawings are complete, your schedules are prepared. Whilst you may have an approximate estimate of the cost by this stage, before you commit to the expenditure you need to establish an actual contract figure for the works. Read more ..

How much?
  • 12-Mar-2013

A couple of the first questions we are often asked is “how much will my building work cost?” closely followed by “how much would your fee be?” These are entirely reasonable, and important questions to ask, but… Read more ..

Look at our fancy new website!
  • 12-Feb-2013

Our last website was ‘built’ about 5 years ago and we were delighted with it. However, over time, technology has moved on and we felt that rather than carrying on updating it in a piecemeal fashion, it was time to replace it. Having a website built puts us in a similar position to that which faces our Clients on their building projects… Read more ..

Hidden Surprises
  • 12-Jan-2013

Nick Fisher’s Article in the December issue ended up as a lament about doomed masculinity, but somewhere hidden amidst sex and fish, he touched on finding bats in his house. His reaction is typical – initial shock and dismay ‘Eeek!’ followed by fondness ‘Aaah.’ Read more ..

Why be an Architect
  • 12-Dec-2012

Architecture is a fantastic profession. It’s not anywhere near as well paid as some professions with a comparable period of training, certainly not law, or medicine, (an on-line table of average salaries shows Architects at number 52, well below train drivers and coal mine ‘operatives’) so there’s something else that motivates us… but it’s a different thing every day… Read more ..

Windows
  • 12-Nov-2012

The selection of windows can be an involved process, both when considering what windows to install in a new building, and also what to do when existing windows are found to be wanting. Typical considerations are cost, thermal performance, ventilation, acoustic performance, security, durability, maintenance requirements, and aesthetics. Often, the consideration that the glass is there to let light in, and/or be looked through is barely given a second thought! Read more ..

A little spent early.
  • 12-Oct-2012

The saying ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ is as true for buildings as anything. Read more ..

Walls
  • 12-Sep-2012

There are many different types of wall construction, ranging from traditional cob, or stone walling dug from (or nearby) the site and piled up as a monolithic mass, to modern systems of cladding on lightweight frameworks. They are required to moderate the internal environment by keeping out the weather, insulating, possibly moderating the rate of change of temperature and moisture, to support the structure above, to resist lateral loads, and accommodate thermal movement. In addition, to these technical considerations, they should look beautiful and be durable. Read more ..

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