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4th September 2018

How much can I extend my house by?

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Houses which are situated outside the town settlement zone are unfortunately limited in the amount they can increase by. This is due to planning constraints issued by the local borough councils to help ensure economically  and environmentally sustainable development.  Basically a bunch of hoops you have to jump through in order to get planning, but don’t fear, Lewis Visuals is here to guide you.

 

So the ultimate question: How much can I increase by?

Key policy: RD2

Percentage increase: 40%

Original house: 31st December 1968

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Key policy: H9

Percentage increase: 40%

Original house: 31st December 1948

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Key policy: H16

Percentage increase: 50%

Original house: April 1974

 

Key policy: SD31

Percentage increase: 30%

Original house: 1st April 2011

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Key policy: RE5

Percentage increase: Unwritten rule of 35%

Original house: 31st December 1948

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The term ‘Original house’ refers to the size and plans of the original house on the dates stated. To find these, a consultation with your local planning department will be required or simply call us at Lewis Visuals on 01252714985 or simply pop us an email admin@lewisvisuals.co.uk 

 

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3rd September 2018

Do I need planning permission?

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Sometimes no! Here at Lewis Visuals we are well versed in the jungle of planning permission and permitted development. Below we’ve complied a guide to everything you can build without planning permission.

Whether you are simply exploring options or looking to carry out major works on a new property you’ve just invested in- it never hurts to explore the vast scope of permitted development.

 

What is permitted development?

Putting it simply: Its certain types of work you can carry out on your home that don’t require you to go through the tedious task of applying for planning permission. It applies to houses and homes except for flats, maisonettes or other buildings.

There are certain restrictions in place for areas classed as ‘designated areas’ they refer to things such as:

  • Conservation areas
  • National parks
  • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (to keep the WOW factor!)
  • World heritage sites
  • Norfolk/Suffolk Broads.

 

Original Dwelling: The original house as it stood on 1st July 1948

Principle Elevation: The ‘front’ of the house. The side of the house that faces onto a highway back in 1948. Usually the one with the front door- however this may have changed over time

 

EXTENSIONS

The planning guidelines state that all new extensions/modifications are in keeping with the existing building and do not exceed 50% of the total area of land around the original building (including out buildings and sheds are included in the 50%).

 

Single Storey Rear Extension:

Detached dwelling: Depth 4m or 8m* Max height – 4m*

Semi-detached or terraced dwelling:  Depth 3m or 6m*, Max height 4m*

 * From May 2013 until 30 May 2019 a single storey extension can be larger than allowed up to 6m/8m to the rear. Subject to local planning notification.

*If extension is within 7m of rear boundary or 2m from side boundary, max height is 3m.

 

Single Storey Side Extension:

Detached dwelling: Max ½ the width of the original dwelling. Must be single storey, with a max height of 4m

Semi-detached dwelling:  Same as detached dwelling.

 

 

 

 

Two storey rear extensions:

Detached dwelling: Max depth 3m. Also, must have matching eave height and pitch, additionally cannot exceed existing ridge height.*

Semi-detached or attached dwelling: Same as detached dwelling. *

* The extension cannot be within 2 metres of the side boundaries and 7m to the rear boundary.

 

 

Loft Conversions:

Detached dwelling: A maximum volume allowance of 50m3 additional roof space.

Semi-detached or attached dwelling: A maximum volume allowance of 40m3 additional roof space.

Limitations under permitted development:

  • No extension beyond the plane (slope) of the existing roof that is on the principle elevation.
  • Extension cannot be higher than the existing roof.
  • Any side facing windows are to be obscure glazed and openings to be 1.7m above the floor
  • Roof extensions are to be set back as far as practicable min 20cm from original eave.
  • Verandas, balconies or raised platforms are NOT permitted development.

 

Porch extensions:

  • Ground floor area (measured externally) max 3m2
  • Max height 3m above ground floor
  • No part of porch is within 2m of boundary.

 

 

 

 

NB: Each council has varying local plans in place, so it is worth checking with individual councils planning department to find out more or call us on 01252 714 985 for a free consultation.

We would be happy to help!

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13th June 2018

Why is Office Design Important?

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Creating an effective office design shouldn’t be expensive or difficult. When making a design for your office, planning is crucial and you need to have a detailed understanding about your business operations so you can create an office space that is functional and user friendly. The design should also accommodate for future growth so it can grow along with your business. There are reasons why office design is so important for the workplace and we have decided to highlight some of them here.

Space Planning: Space planning is all about optimising the space you already have and making room to grow while saving time and money in the process. By taking a look at the space you already have and deciding how it will best suit your business, you can create an effective and productive workspace for your team.

Workplace Assessment: This is where an experienced architectural firm comes in useful. They will conduct a comprehensive workplace assessment, factoring in the existing layout and your business’ needs, and create a design that works for you.

Productivity: The workplace should remain functional and it needs to allow for higher productivity. Think about the traffic inside the office and make sure that there’s no obstruction to the workflow. Motivating colours can spur workers into completing their tasks in a timely manner. You may need to tear down a few walls to make sure that there’s enough room for cooperation between your team. To make things easier, it is better to choose an existing office space with a layout that ensures better productivity.

Cost saving opportunities: When moving to a new workplace, consider whether there are things that can be salvaged or reused from the old workplace. The new office design should allow as many items as possible from the old workplace, as long as they are still functional.

Aesthetics: Aesthetics are essentials used to improve comfort when employees are working in the office. There is specific furniture and furnishing that can work well in improving the design of the office as well as specific interior color palettes, artwork and other elements that can improve the aesthetics of your office. This factor can also help to elevate the reputation of the business. Potential clients could get a very positive first impression when visiting an office with excellent aesthetics.

Business owners should define what sort of office design that’s best for their operational needs. It’s not a good idea to just choose current or trending designs if they don’t work for them. It is often better to choose an office design that showcases the value and principle of your company.

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13th May 2018

Four Kitchen Design Ideas for 2018

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Although when designing the interior of your home, you don’t have to follow the latest trends blindly, it is important to keep your kitchen updated and functional. This is especially true if you are considering selling your home any time soon. And when building a new house, it is important to incorporate the latest trends in kitchen designs to improve both the productivity and convenience of your kitchen area.

While many home design consultants can help you choose features and materials that are specific to your tastes, they will also recommend following along with some of the latest trends will ensure that your kitchen stays modern looking and fresh longer.

Here are Four Kitchen Design Ideas for 2018:

  1. Bold colours: Neutral colours in the kitchen are still prevalent, but there’s a larger emphasis on bolder colour choices. If you have used neutral colours for too long, it is a good idea to experiment with using bold colours for the countertops, backsplash and other focal points of your kitchen. Lower cabinets can be highlighted with complementary shades to bring this look together making it more appealing to the eye.
  2. Streamlined designs: Homeowners often prefer streamlined designs and aesthetics. The kitchen is a busy area of the house, and it is important to make it as stress-free of an environment as possible. Complex kitchen designs could hamper workflow and reduce productivity, as more time and effort will be needed to complete each task.

Some non-essential aspects of your kitchen can be removed to make the area brighter and more spacious. The focus should be on using the countertops and stove more productively. It is important to know that by being streamlined, it doesn’t mean that your kitchen has to be boring. The kitchen can be livened up with quality materials and elegant textures and, for more industrial accents, metallics can be incorporated into the kitchen design.

  1. Quartz countertops: This is a continuation of the trend in 2017. Quartz countertops still reign supreme in high-end kitchen designs because quartz is a durable material that can last forever. It’s also anti-microbial and easy to maintain, and it is a good alternative to granite for elegant high-end kitchen designs.
  2. Composite sinks: composed of quartz dust and acrylic resins, composite sinks are close cousins to stone and granite sinks. You’ll find both pros and cons for including a composite granite sink in your kitchen’s design. But composite sinks will create an elegant and uniform look and maintenance, and cleaning tasks will be much easier to perform as well.

These are just some of the kitchen design trends you can create for your home to add beauty and value while creating a more functional space.

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13th May 2018

House Extension Ideas for 2018

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With property prices increasing steadily, it is financially a good idea to extend your house, rather than purchasing a new, larger one. Families grow and children are getting bigger and, for many, a three-bedroom house will eventually become inadequate. Adding an extension to your home can help add important space that can be used as a bedroom, children’s play area, rec room, office or more. Plus, the additional space will add more value to your home which is important if you are considering selling.

If your home needs more space and you don’t know what you want or even how to make it happen, you should contact a professional architectural design team that can create a functional extension for your home that provides more space and adds value.

Here are some house extension ideas that will give your home the extra space it needs:

Push the kitchen further: Instead of making a new bedroom or home office area, some homeowners are looking to create a new kitchen area. The old kitchen can be transformed into a bedroom or other living space. Be sure to choose a space that can accommodate multiple windows as this will help keep your kitchen bright and help reduce smoke and odour from cooking.

Cantilever design: It is a good idea to implement cantilevering when adding new design features, such as mezzanines and balconies. When extending a home, we often find that new foundations are prohibited due to the presence of certain obstacles, such as utilities or plumbing. In this situation, a cantilevered ground floor slab is a good alternative.

Building using hardwood: Hardwoods can give instant character to any extension. It’s ideal for use in an additional bedroom, home office area or kitchen. An extension built entirely of hardwood is ideal for properties with rustic styles, such as farmhouses and cottages. A common practice is to combine principal roof structures such as tie beams, ridges and purlins made of hardwood, with rafters made from softwoods.

Maximize natural light sources: Any home extension should take advantage of as many natural light sources as possible. An extension can be constructed at the northern or southern parts of the house, so it will be always be exposed to sunlight throughout the day. Glazed doors and windows can be placed strategically to let sunlight enter the interior of the extension, but it is important not to overdo this. If too much sunlight enters the extension, the temperature inside will be too high and air conditioning unit will be needed. This will negate the energy-efficient benefits of having a naturally lit area.

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26th March 2018

Restaurant Design Trends You’ll See in 2018

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Restaurant design has changed drastically over the past few decades with bright, lively interior themes giving way to minimalistic designs and then rustic, woodsy designs reminiscent of a log cabin. These trends can be seen in everything from chain restaurants with their overtly corporate feel, to independent restaurants owned and operated by celebrity chefs.

If you are opening a new restaurant, or you are just interested in the latest restaurant design trends for 2018, keep reading as Lewis Visuals is going to show you some of the latest trends in restaurant interior design that you will be seeing in restaurants throughout the UK and around the world.

Restaurant Design Trends For 2018

Custom Lighting

Every interior designer is looking at custom lighting for their clients and restaurants are not excluded. Restaurants are the perfect place for designers to show off innovative lighting concepts since they are trying to set the mood and create an ambience that will entice diners visit often. Using a wide range of automated apps, coloured lighting effects and more, designers can create a wide range of environments that can change with the mood of theme of the evening. Another popular lighting trend that we will be seeing in 2018 is custom art-inspired fixtures. Designers are working with artists more than ever today to create one-of-a-kind pieces for their clients that can’t be replicated.

Retro Finishes

Copper and brass are the popular finish in the recent years and made a comeback in on-trend restaurant interiors. From soffits and banquets, to bar surrounds, railing and more, copper and brass finishes are becoming more popular with upscale restaurants.

Going Green

Plants have always been a fixture in restaurant interior design but they were usually just an afterthought rather than a showpiece. Now, plants and other greenery are becoming a focal point in many restaurants as they can add a fresh from nature effect that relate to the new farm-to-table philosophy seen in modern restaurants.

Social Media Enabled

We see it on social media every day. Someone we know dined out last night and they just had to take a picture of their food as soon as it reached the table. This growing social media trend is being embraced by modern design teams and they are creating innovative social media zones where diners can take photos and post them directly on the restaurant’s social media pages as well as their own.

Minimalism

Minimalism is still a thing in today’s restaurants as leading interior designers are creating minimalistic looks that give the restaurant a more upscale look while avoiding over the top wall treatments, oversaturated corners and bold colour schemes.

Although these are just some of the latest trends in restaurant interior design, there are many more that a professional interior design team can show you. They will work closely with you to ensure your needs and the needs of your restaurant are being met.

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26th March 2018

Office Design Trends to Increase Productivity

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Employees spend a lot of time at the office and there is a delicate balance between making the comfortable and keeping them productive. Some workplace interiors are modeled after an open lounge giving employees the ability to work wherever they like without being confined to their desk. Certainly, this may be ideal for comfort and possibly even creativity, but it doesn’t make your employees any more productive. Then we have offices that are simply a row of cubicles with everyone working away, popping their heads up every now and then to see if their coworkers are even still there. This can be productive, but it might lead to unhappy employees. Being able to create a workplace interior design that is conducive to both employee happiness and productivity can be done with the help of an experienced architectural design firm.

Our Office Design Trends to Increase Productivity

If you are considering an office remodel or are building a new office for your small business, keep reading for some of the latest office design trends that will increase employee productivity and keep your employees happier as well.

  1. Flexible and Dynamic Spaces

More and more companies are integrating flexible spaces in their workplaces which enable employees to work wherever they are comfortable while still increasing their productivity by creating more dynamic spaces within the office environment. In this type of office set-up, furniture can be moved or rearranged easily and workstations are a part of the furniture.

  1. Technology Integration

Technology is the driving force that makes us more productive employees and it is what enables us to work smarter and faster. With a technologically enabled office setup, your employees should be able to address potential issues related to collaboration, communication, project management, and other critical business areas.

  1. Collaborative Meeting Spaces

Collaborative meeting spaces are a relatively new office design trend driven by millennial employees who have a tendency to move away from their desks and converge in communal areas for less formal meetings.

  1. Privacy-Friendly Workstations

While open spaces and flexible layouts are becoming the new trend, employees still want their privacy to be able to work without interruption and focus on the tasks at hand. While cubicles are generally frowned upon, enclosing some portions of the workspace using traditional dividers or booths to create semi-enclosed settings will give your employees the privacy they want and increase their productivity as well.

Although these are just some of the latest trends in office interior design, there are many more that a professional interior design team can show you. They will work closely with you to ensure your needs and the needs of your business are met while creating an office space that breathes productivity.

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28th February 2018

On The 1st Of March Lewis Visuals and John Wratten are Merging!

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To better serve our clients and provide more services, Lewis Visuals & John Wratten are merging to become an even greater force in the residential home design industry. You read that right, an award winning architectural firm and a sought-after house design team are merging to form a new company that will remain committed to the needs of their clients while providing a better home design experience.

Transforming Lives Through Design

The merger is great news for both existing and new clients of John Wratten and will offer clients of Lewis Visuals a new take on their already famous home design portfolio. Experience meets advanced architectural technologies, wisdom meets trendsetting design, whatever you call it, the merger of these architectural minds will mean better service for their clients.

Genevieve Wells, the director of Lewis Visuals stated ‘this is an exciting time for both Lewis Visuals and John Wratten. John will bring his years of experience and knowledge to our enthusiastic and trendy, practice.’

Lewis Visuals Award-Winning Designs

Founded in 2009 in Farnham, Surrey, Lewis Visuals is an independently owned and operated architectural firm known for their many award-winning designs and commitment to exceeding the needs of their clients with every project they complete. Lewis Visuals includes a team of 8 talented individuals and has won many national and international architectural design awards.

About the merger, John Wratten stated that ‘the merger will allow me to focus on what I do best which is the love of designing homes.’ His company will still be located near Yeovil where he and his team has served his clients throughout the Somerset, Devon and Dorset regions.

Bringing these two firms together proves that while great designers often think alike, their ideas can also be complementing, and they can create a bond that becomes much bigger than sum of its parts. Welcome to the future of architectural design, welcome to the new John Wratten & Lewis Visuals Architectural Design.

If you are considering building a new home, start with a beautiful home design from John Wratten & Lewis Visuals Architectural Design and have a home you can be proud of.

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18th February 2018

Using Skylights to Add More Light in Your Home

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Skylights are one of the most effective, least expensive and easiest ways to make over both the exterior and interior appearance of your home. For many homeowners, skylights are immensely popular, because they impart roominess to the interior and add a beautiful view of the sky above into the house. To get the maximum impact from this design element, it is important to understand the size, position and design of skylights. Many people tend to choose the biggest skylight possible, but it’s ideal to keep the size to no more than 5 percent of the floor space if the room already has good sized windows. In rooms with no or small windows, skylights can be up to 15 percent of the floor space.

Skylight Variations

Most common skylights are rectangular, however, there are many variations of colours, shapes and sizes available. The shape, of course, should have an impact on the look and design style of the room. The type of material you choose for your skylight has a direct impact on the efficiency and the look of it.

Popular glazing materials for the skylights include plastic and glass. Plastic doesn’t break easily and it’s cheap; however, it may eventually show scratches and become discoloured. Glass doesn’t fade and resistant to scratch, but glass skylights are more expensive and they can shatter easily when subjected to hard impacts.

Skylight Location

Location is essential if you want to get the benefits of solar heating and natural lighting from skylights. Expect to get consistent lighting when your skylight faces north and maximum illumination and solar in the morning when facing east and in the afternoon when it faces west.

Fixed or Ventilated Skylights

There are a wide range of skylight styles to choose from. Fixed skylights are perfect for family rooms and attics as they provide extra light and are available in many different varieties of shapes. You could also choose ventilated skylights that you can open and close to allow the smooth passage of air. They are more appropriate for kitchens and bathrooms, and can be controlled by motorized cranks, a wall switch, remote control or automatically by temperature sensor. The newest style is tubular skylight, which is small and can be placed in a spot where a normal full-sized skylight won’t fit. For the most affordable option, you could also choose a domed acrylic skylight.

Skylights are a decorative and functional design element that can be added to the design of your new home, or as an addition to your current one. When choosing to add a skylight to your home, consult with an architect who can answer your home design questions.

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18th February 2018

Modern Architectural Design Trends

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As we are already entering the early months of 2018, the architecture industry needs to focus on what’s applicable today. New changes in architectural designs are looming and technologies are affecting the way houses and buildings are being both designed and built. Modern architects need to be well prepared for these trends and integrate them into their designs if they are going to remain relevant and successful.

For many builders, today’s architectural trends are being driven by materials and innovative construction methods. As architectural design makes use of more modern, eco-friendly materials, those will be seen in the final construction as well.

What are the latest architectural design trends for 2018? Let’s take a look:

High-tech materials: There have been some implementations of complex and intelligent designs using Nano-materials that react with the constructive systems and the environment. Although this technology is still largely at the experimental stage, architects should be on the lookout for practical usages in 2018. Durable, high-tech materials are useful for many architectural applications to make buildings easier to construct, eco-friendlier and more durable.

Unusual Constructive Methods: It is becoming more common to use unusual mediums, beyond timber, masonry, steel and concrete. We have seen structures made of high-strength plastic and living materials. Combining nature and modern architecture styles may represent some challenges, but they are often applicable to modern design.

Community-Driven Design: Community-driven designs ensure good interactions between people, structures and the surrounding environments. It is a concept that is being implemented by many newly built houses and offices. They have sustainable features that vastly improve the quality of life in the community through bigger considerations and respect of the environment. It is also essential that the design interacts well with nature, not just people.

Smart Buildings: Technology integrates well with architectural designs and it allows new things to make their way into our daily lives. Smart buildings and homes are no longer science fiction. Architects may come up with new designs that allow proper use of smart illumination, wireless sound systems, remote heating systems, smart appliances and more.

Repurposed Materials: Integrating repurposed materials into modern architectural design is the right move. Not only environmentally friendly, but repurposed materials could also become cheap and quick solutions. Glass, recycled plastic, metal and usable wooden elements can be repurposed. Reusing and turning them into new objects will save energy and effort, compared to exploiting remaining resources in the nature.

Modern design elements are becoming modern homes, offices and other workspaces. When combined with innovative architectural designs, modern buildings will move away from boring and turn into something exciting and beautiful to see.

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