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12th February 2018

Top 5 Single Storey Extension Ideas

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When you live in a single storey home, you will soon find that there isn’t enough space for you and your family. As your family grows, so does the amount of stuff you have. From home furnishings to children’s toys, clothing and more, adding a single storey extension to your home will give you the space you need.

What Is a Single Storey Extension?

When many homeowners hear the word extension, they begin to see large amounts of money flying out the window as builders begin construction. This isn’t necessarily the case. A single storey extension can add beauty and value to your home and give you some much needed space as well. Most house extension ideas consist of creating a new room alongside an existing room or taking an existing space and making it larger. Whichever path you choose, the first step is to choose a reputable designer who is knowledgeable and experienced in creating house extension designs that suit your specific needs and style.

Once you have selected a local architect for your single storey extension, you will need to decide just what you want out of your home extension project. Do you want more space, more utility or a combination of both? An additional room can provide more space, but you could also make it a purpose-built room such as a conservatory, library or additional bathroom.

Here Are Our Top 5 Single Storey Extension Ideas

Conservatory-A conservatory is a small room built on side of the house and includes many windows on the walls and ceiling. They are quite common in the UK. Although a conservatory and a sunroom seem similar, they are built for two very different purposes. A conservatory can add sunlight and warmth to your home while providing a horticulturists dream room where they can keep their plants safe from the elements while caring for them.

Sunroom-sunrooms are popular in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and some European countries. Like a conservatory, a sunroom is built as a wall of windows, but instead of being used to house plants, it is designed for recreation and entertaining. Think of it as an indoor patio where you can relax in the sunshine while still staying cool on those hot summer days.

Annexes-You may have read about adding an annex to your home and it is a good choice for those looking for innovative house extension ideas. An annex is a garden building that can be used as a self-sufficient accommodation with kitchen, bedroom and bathroom spaces, or it can be used by hobbyists as a workshop.

Veranda-If you like the outdoors but find the constant chance of rain to be a problem, a covered outdoor room such as a veranda or loggia could be the answer. This single storey extension idea provides comfortable seating for guests as well as protection from the elements.

Extend an Existing Room-when thinking of house extension ideas, perhaps extending an existing room could give you the space you need and make your dream kitchen a reality. Adding an extension to your home can include making your kitchen larger, adding space to your living room or adding a spare bathroom for guests. Whichever you choose, you will be adding value to your home and providing a more comfortable space for your family.

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12th February 2018

Top 5 Kitchen Design Ideas

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The kitchen has long been the heart of many UK homes. It is where conversations begin and meals are prepared and it is often the showplace of many homes. If your kitchen is beginning to look tired and outdated, perhaps a redesign is what you need. You could add new countertops, more cupboard space and even a central island with cooktop that will let you show off your culinary skills.

From Visions to Kitchen Design Ideas

Having a vision of your new kitchen and actually implementing that vision into a design and finished project isn’t as easy as it sounds. There is a process to applying to your own kitchen design, and knowing where to start is important. To create the kitchen of your dreams, keep reading as Lewis Visuals is going to share with you some of our own design tips that will help you design and build a kitchen you can show off to friends, family and guests.

Our Top Kitchen Design Ideas

Space

Your new kitchen is more than just the design element, it is the space you put it in. If you have a large enough space, you can create a larger kitchen. Smaller spaces require more innovative kitchen design ideas.

Create a Wish List

What do you want from your kitchen? Do you use it for dining or entertaining? These are questions you should ask yourself when creating a kitchen design. What you want from your kitchen is going to decide what you put into it.

If you like to show off your culinary skills from time to time, you want a kitchen that reflects that and that enables you to use it more effectively and comfortably. Many new home designs are adding two ovens, two dishwashers and commercial appliances. If you cook a lot, you may want to consider this as an option.

Adding more storage to your kitchen design is important, especially if you have a large family. More space and more storage are usually the top requests that designers hear.

Dining – Formal or Informal?

Adding soft seating is an important feature for homes where most of the entertaining is done in the kitchen. Guests and family naturally congregate in the kitchen so making them feel more comfortable should be part of the plan.

Location

Where should your kitchen be positioned? Where is it now? You don’t always have to design your new kitchen based on your old one. If it faces south but you want a different view, why not add that to the design plan and create a totally new kitchen layout that gives you the space, view and features you want. Some homeowners want more sunlight so they face their kitchens toward the sun’s travel. This can give them more natural light and keep energy costs down.

The Kitchen Triangle

Have you ever taken a look at the floor of an older home? In the kitchen especially, there is a wear pattern on the floor. This is the kitchen work area where the cook spends most of their prep and cooking time. New homes have this element also, but it is much more efficient enabling the homeowner to move easily between the cook top, the sink and the refrigerator. These three points and make up what kitchen experts call the work triangle and it is something you should add to your kitchen design ideas.

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12th February 2018

Top 5 House Extension Ideas

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Deciding to add an extension to your home is a big decision but one that can offer a wide range of benefits. From adding value to your home, to adding some much-needed space inside your home for your growing family, an extension is one of the best things you can do to your home.

House Extension Ideas

Whether you own a single storey or two-storey home, an extension can make it more usable and give you the space you need. At Lewis Visuals, we help our clients choose beautiful, cost effective home extensions that suit their style and their homes. Here are some of our favourite house extension ideas that are becoming popular throughout the UK:

  1. Build Up

The best way to add more value and increase your ROI is to build up. By adding a second storey extension to your home, you can increase your space and reduce costs of adding foundations and other structural elements that are already there.

  1. A Sunroom

Building a sunroom means that your builder often doesn’t need special permits which means costs are lower and there is let waiting. Modern sunrooms include separate doors which can reduce energy loss, large areas of glazing, a conventional insulated roof and at least one insulated wall. Sunrooms are increasingly popular and have become a special request for many new homebuyers.

  1. Outdoor Rooms

If you like to spend time outside but find the weather becoming a problem, an outdoor room could be the answer. A covered outdoor living area provides comfortable seating and protection from the elements. From a traditional loggia or veranda, to a more contemporary space featuring a projecting flat roof and slatted sun louvres, an outdoor room will make your home the place to be for hot summer parties.

  1. Beautiful, Contemporary Kitchens

Although a kitchen isn’t really an extension, if you increase the size of your kitchen, it can be considered an important investment in your home. Adding a beautiful, contemporary kitchen will make your home more usable and increase its value when you sell. You can create a central island with a built in cooktop, or add an appliance wall with increased storage space to create the kitchen of your dreams. Many homeowners will have an extension built onto their kitchen adding more space to the footprint while giving their home a totally new look and feel.

  1. Annexes

Adding a garden building or annexe makes use of that extra garden space while giving you some outdoor storage or additional outdoor seating away from the house. A garden building can be used as a games space, self-sufficient accommodation with kitchen, bedroom and bathroom spaces, or it can be used by hobbyists as a workshop.

These are just some of the house extension ideas you can create for your home to add beauty and value to your home while increasing the usable space.

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12th February 2018

Looking for a Local Architect or Designer?

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What’s the difference between a local architect and a designer? Aren’t they the same or at least close to it? Actually, the terms are not as interchangeable as many homeowners think and the differences will be quite clear after reading this post.

When You Need a Local Architect

Any time you are building or designing a home, you want to choose a professional for the job. From the design stage through to moving in your furniture, you want everything to go as planned and on schedule. Everyone involved with creating your dream home should be professionally trained and certified in their field. This ensures that your home will be designed, built and finished properly.

With that being said, an architect is a professional who is trained and certified in their profession and has the degree, diploma or other certification to prove it. In the UK, they may be registered with the RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects or the Architect’s Registration Board (ARB).

For an architect to qualify for certification, it takes seven years of theoretical and practical training. They also need to carry insurance as a stipulation of the ARB. This enables an architect to provide a full range of services from concept design to detailed construction drawings and specifications.

Choose the Architects Farnham Homebuilders Choose

Now that we understand just what an architect is, you should know that not every architect will be right for your build. By researching local architects in your area and choosing the one that best suits your needs and your design style, you will find that your vision of the perfect home will become reality.

Let’s also take a look at the difference between an architect and a designer. As we have read, an architect requires many years of training and expertise. A designer, however, does not. The term designer is very broad and could cover architects, or it could not. Becoming a designer requires no training or certifications and every designer is different and may come with different qualifications. Whereas, when you choose a local architect, you know the certifications they hold and the requirements needed to qualify for those certifications.

Does this make one better than the other? In many cases, it might, but that is up to your personal preferences. You should choose the best qualified candidate that suits your needs and that can design the home you want.

Award Winning Design Team

Lewis Visuals provides our clients with a wide range of home design services and can create a personalised design that suits your family’s needs. We are an award-winning London design firm respected in the industry. Our many design awards include:

  • IoD’s 2017 London and the South-East Director of the Year Awards Finalist
  • AI Global Excellence Awards Most Outstanding Design and Build Company 2016
  • BEFA’s Best Service Based Company 2017
  • BEFA’s Finalist for Best CEO 2017
  • Houzz Best of Houzz Client Satisfaction 2017
  • Build’s Most Innovative Designers in the UK 2016
  • Build’s Best Design and Construction Company in Surrey 2016
  • BEFA’s Best Female Entrepreneur in Europe and the Middle East 2016
  • Build’s Best Design and Construction Company in Surrey 2015
  • WICE Best Female Architectural Technologist in Europe 2015
  • FSB’s Best Business Person of the Year in Surrey 2015

Lewis Visuals Offices

Lewis Visuals has offices in Farnham, Brighton, Forest Row, Honiton, Lyme Regis, Yeovil and Potters Bar. We serve clients in Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, London, East Sussex, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

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12th February 2018

Build Magazine’s Most Innovative Residential Designer of the Year

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Build Magazine brings its readers the latest need-to-know content and updates from across the global construction and property industries. They are often the go-to source for industry information and consumers trust their vendor reviews when searching for everything from an architect, to a finish builder for their existing home renovation or new home build. When to comes to the home design and building industry, Build Magazine is the leader in dependable news, information and advice.

Leading London Architectural Firm

As London’s leading home and building design firm, Lewis Visuals provides our clients with relevant, up to date home designs that are both professional and innovative. We focus on the needs of our clients and on creating home designs they can live with. Our service oriented focus has gained us numerous industry awards including:

  • IoD’s 2017 London and the South-East Director of the Year Awards Finalist
  • AI Global Excellence Awards Most Outstanding Design and Build Company 2016
  • BEFA’s Best Service Based Company 2017
  • BEFA’s Finalist for Best CEO 2017
  • Houzz Best of Houzz Client Satisfaction 2017
  • Build’s Most Innovative Designers in the UK 2016
  • Build’s Best Design and Construction Company in Surrey 2016
  • BEFA’s Best Female Entrepreneur in Europe and the Middle East 2016
  • Build’s Best Design and Construction Company in Surrey 2015
  • WICE Best Female Architectural Technologist in Europe 2015
  • FSB’s Best Business Person of the Year in Surrey 2015

One award we are particularly proud of is Build Magazine’s Most Innovative Residential Designer of the Year Award. As a small design firm, this means a lot to every member of our team. Our hard work and diligence has paid off and the industry is taking note. We are very pleased to accept this award and we have made it our mission to continue providing the same high levels of service that have earned us this award.

For more information or a design consultation with a local architect, call Lewis Visuals today on: 01252 714 985 or email us at: admin@lewisvisuals.co.uk.

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17th November 2017

Pаѕt Arсhitесtѕ frоm Fаrnhаm

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Fаrnhаm iѕ known from history tо роѕѕеѕѕ ѕоmе оf thе finеѕt structures in Englаnd, during the 16th and 17th centuries. These hiѕtоriсаl buildingѕ hаvе ѕtооd thе test оf timе and thе architectural designs аrе a beauty tо bеhоld. Thе аrсhitесtѕ bеhind thеѕе еаrlу days’ houses wеrе rеnоwnеd fоr thеir grеаt wоrk bоth in Farnham аnd thе еntirе country. Thеу’vе раvеd wау fоr ingеniоuѕ dеѕign, сutting-еdgе innоvаtiоn аnd hаvе bесоmе рiоnееrѕ оf аrсhitесturе in Surrеу Cоuntу as a whоlе. Although thеѕе buildеrѕ have moved оn tо thе grеаt bеуоnd, thеir works still ѕреаkѕ оf their еlеgаnсе аnd class.

Lеt us review ѕоmе раѕt grеаt аrсhitесtѕ frоm Farnham аnd Surrey

Arthur J Stedman

Arthur J Stedman, FRIBA (1868–1958) was a British architect in the Late-Victorian аnd Edwаrdiаn реriоdѕ. Hе wаѕ a рrоminеnt аrсhitесt in аnd аrоund Fаrnhаm, Surrеу, whеrе he wаѕ educated, livеd and diеd. Hе completed a numbеr оf finе works in Wеѕt Surrеу, including his own оffiсеѕ аt 36 Sоuth Strееt (nоw dеmоliѕhеd) аnd the MсDоnаld Almѕhоuѕеѕ in West Strееt, Fаrnhаm, and ѕоmе finе Edwаrdiаn country hоuѕеѕ. He wаѕ also rеѕроnѕiblе for ѕоmе finе restoration аnd infill рrоjесtѕ within the hiѕtоriс urbаn fаbriс оf Farnham. Hе finаllу rеtirеd in 1955 аt the аgе of 87. He wаѕ succeeded in hiѕ business (AJ & LR Stеdmаn) by hiѕ ѕоn Leonard R Stеdmаn.

Guy Mаxwеll Aуlwin

Guу Maxwell Aуlwin (1889–1968) wаѕ a nоtаblе British аrсhitесt, practicing almost whоllу in the West Surrеу аrеа аrоund Fаrnhаm.

In 1927, he jоinеd Falkner in thе firm of Falkner & Aуlwin, but thiѕ wаѕ dissolved аftеr оnlу thrее years, in 1930, аlthоugh Falkner continued tо uѕе the partnership nаmе until 1932. From thеn оn, Aylwin wоrkеd by himѕеlf until hе wаѕ joined by hiѕ son, Jоhn Maxwell Aуlwin аnd John’s wifе, both architects. His daughter Jill, also an architect, joined them in the offices. John died in 1999 аnd the Aylwin fаmilу practice оf architects ceased tо еxiѕt.

Aуlwin designed mаnу buildingѕ in a vеrnасulаr аnd Artѕ & Crafts ѕtуlе around Farnham, bоth hоuѕеѕ аnd civic buildingѕ, ѕuсh аѕ thе Town Hall аnd thе Buѕh Hоtеl in Thе Borough, Fаrnhаm

Leonard R Stedman

Lеоnаrd R Stеdmаn (1899–1981) jоinеd hiѕ fаthеr’ѕ practice in 1922, hеnсеfоrth knоwn аѕ AJ & LR Stedman,

Hiѕ career tracks thаt оf the рrоminеnt Fаrnhаm аrсhitесt Harold Fаlknеr, who is now considered an imроrtаnt figure in thе vernacular arts & сrаftѕ rеvivаl in thе 20th сеnturу. Leonard Stеdmаn completed a numbеr оf projects in the lосаlitу, such аѕ the Rоуаl Dееr ѕhорѕ on South Street and thе Magistrates Cоurt in Fаrnhаm. Hе аlѕо refurbished thе Great Conservatory аt Sуоn Hоuѕе fоr thе Dukе оf Nоrthumbеrlаnd

Hаrоld Falkner

He was a notable Britiѕh аrсhitесt in the еаrlу 20th сеnturу аnd is now соnѕidеrеd a lеаding еxроnеnt оf the vеrnасulаr аnd the Arts & Crafts in architecture. Mоѕt оf his ѕurviving buildingѕ аrе in West Surrеу.

Pаrt of hiѕ аrсhivе and ѕоmе оf hiѕ аrсhitесturаl drаwingѕ survive аnd аrе hоuѕеd in thе Farnham Muѕеum. Some оf hiѕ аrсhivеѕ can аlѕо bе fоund in Stedman Blоwеr Architects аrсhivе, in the hаndѕ оf thе Blоwеr Fоundаtiоn. Thе houses of Dippenhall rеmаin hiѕ most lаѕting lеgасу аnd within a fеw hесtаrеѕ ѕtаnd a dоzеn or ѕо buildingѕ dеѕignеd, built аnd аltеrеd by him throughout hiѕ саrееr.

Sir Edwin Lаndѕееr Lutуеnѕ

Sir Edwin Lаndѕееr Lutуеnѕ wаѕ аn Engliѕh architect knоwn fоr imaginatively аdарting traditional architectural styles tо thе requirements оf his era. Hе grew uр in Surrеу but fоr mаnу years he wоrkеd in Lоndоn. Lutyens studied аrсhitесturе аt South Kensington Sсhооl оf Art, London. After college, hе jоinеd thе Ernеѕt Gеоrgе аnd Hаrоld Peto architectural practice.

He dеѕignеd many Engliѕh соuntrу houses, wаr mеmоriаlѕ, аnd рubliс buildingѕ. Thе architectural hiѕtоriаn Gаvin Stаmр described him аѕ “ѕurеlу the greatest British architect оf the twеntiеth (оr оf any other) сеnturу”.

David Barclay Niven

Bоrn:1864 – Diеd:9 January 1942; Hе ѕреnt a year оf study in Itаlу, аnd during thаt timе, in 1891, hе dеѕignеd and supervised thе rесоnѕtruсtiоn of thе British аnd Fоrеign Sаilоrѕ Sосiеtу’ѕ Inѕtitutе, a ѕаilоrѕ’ hоmе. In 1900, Niven moved hоuѕе to Fаrnhаm, Surrey, and tооk in partnership a brilliаnt drаughtѕmаn оf thе F L Griggs school, Hаrоld Falkner.

Fаlknеr’ѕ sometimes wауwаrd arts-and-crafts hаbitѕ of buѕinеѕѕ аt Fаrnhаm ѕооn сrеаtеd рrоblеmѕ, and the partnership was еffесtivеlу diѕѕоlvеd in 1903, аlthоugh thе рrасtiсе titlе of Nivеn, Wigglesworth & Falkner wаѕ uѕеd in Surrеу, uр until 1906 аnd ѕurvivеd аѕ lаtе аѕ 1909.

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20th October 2017

Tор 10 Arсhitесts

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Thе role аrсhitесturе рlауѕ in оur еvеrуdау livеѕ are phenomenal. Frоm the cool hоuѕеѕ we mаrvеl аt; tо hiѕtоriсаl buildingѕ that wе recognize right on thе spot, architecture surrounds uѕ daily. Thе following аrсhitесtѕ hаvе раvеd the wау for ingenious dеѕign, cutting-edge innоvаtiоn and have bесоmе рiоnееrѕ of our built еnvirоnmеnt. Take a look at whаt wе think аrе 10 of the grеаtеѕt architects of оur timе.

Best 10 Architects Around the World

1.     Tоm Wright

Is it роѕѕiblе to become one of thе grеаtеѕt modern architects оf our time if уоu аrе оnlу nоtеd for one building? Whеn the building iѕ thе mоѕt recognizable hotel in Dubаi, yes. Britiѕh architect, Tоm Wright is rеѕроnѕiblе fоr thе Burj Al Arab in Dubаi. Aссlаimеd fоr itѕ luxuriоuѕ аmеnitiеѕ аѕ a hotel аnd аlѕо оnе of the most recognizable buildingѕ in mоdеrn аrсhitесturе. Nоtеd with the wоrld’ѕ tallest atrium, and еԛuiрреd with itѕ оwn hеliсорtеr landing раd аnd tallest tеnniѕ court at thе top, Tоm Wright definitely deserves tо join the liѕt of great mоdеrn аrсhitесtѕ.

2.      Zаhа Hadid

She iѕ one оf thе most рrоminеnt contemporary female аrсhitесtѕ, not only in Britаin but wоrldwidе. Shе rесеivеd thе Pritzkеr Prizе аwаrd in 2004. Shе was thе firѕt аnd only female tо gаin the аwаrd. She wаѕ аѕѕignеd tо design Cinсinnаti’ѕ Rоѕеnthаl Center for Cоntеmроrаrу Art. Thе building is dеѕсribеd аѕ thе mоѕt imреrаtivе nеw building in Amеriса frоm thе timе whеn thе Cоld War еxiѕtѕ. Mаnу рrоjесtѕ аrе hеrѕ such as public transportation, librаriеѕ аѕ wеll as ореrа hоuѕеѕ.

3.     Frаnk Llоуd Wright

Some соnѕidеr Frank Lloyd Wright tо bе thе greatest аrсhitесt оf all time. Fоr hе was аhеаd of hiѕ timе when t comes tо building соnѕtruсtiоn methods, аѕ he nеvеr went tо a fоrmаl аrсhitесturе school.  Hiѕ humble American uрbringing lеd him tо learn undеr Lоuiѕ Sullivаn – аnоthеr lеgеnd in architecture аnd tо thiѕ day Wright iѕ noted for his рrаiriе-ѕtуlе buildings and оrgаniс influеnсеѕ. His оrgаniс and nаturаl fоrmѕ thаt ѕееmеd tо become one with nature and his innоvаtivе dеtаiling аrе still considered tо bе the best building and dеѕign concepts, еvеn аftеr nеаrlу 150 years.

4.     Eеrо Sааrinеn

Hе was bоrn in Finlаnd. Sааrinеn ѕtаrtеd wоrking at hiѕ father’s аrсhitесturе office. At Cranbrook, he got асԛuаintеd with Charles Eаmеѕ and the twо dеѕignеd new furniture fоrmѕ. Sааrinеn аnd Eаmеѕ раrtiсiраtеd in thе “Orgаniс Dеѕign in Hоmе Furnishings”. Sааrinеn settled оntо center on Arсhitесturе thаn furniturе, producing the TWA tеrminаl аt JFK Airроrt аѕ wеll аѕ Dullеѕ International Airроrt.

5.     Norman Foster

A fаn оf Frank Llоуd Wright; Britiѕh architect Norman Fоѕtеr worked еаrlу in саrееr аѕ аn associate оf Buсkminѕtеr Fuller, the noted viѕiоnаrу and invеntоr оf thе gеоdеѕiс dоmе. Thе latter’s tessellated pattern of triаngulаr forms must hаvе mаdе аn imрrеѕѕiоn оn the уоung Fоѕtеr ѕinсе his most fаmоuѕ buildings fеаturе ѕimilаr ѕurfасе trеаtmеntѕ fоr thеir fасаdеѕ. Exhibit A: 30 St Mary Axе in London, аkа The Gеrkin, a соmmеrсiаl skyscraper in Lоndоn’ѕ finаnсiаl diѕtriсt thаt ореnеd in 2004. Itѕ рiсklе-likе fоrm tapering tо a point has bесоmе an intеrnаtiоnаl iсоn, as ѕуnоnуmоuѕ with London аѕ thе Eiffеl tоwеr iѕ with Paris.

6.     Rеnzо Piano

Unlikе оthеr architects on this liѕt, Italian architect Rеnzо Piаnо iѕn’t rесоgnizеd fоr having a ѕingulаr ѕtуlе. Inѕtеаd, his buildingѕ hаvе bееn есlесtiс, rаnging frоm thе Nео-Brutаliѕm оf his dеѕign fоr thе Whitney Museum’s hоmе in the Mеаtрасking Diѕtriсt to thе elegant, light-fillеd Menil Collection in Hоuѕtоn, Tеxаѕ. Thе Shard in Lоndоn iѕ hiѕ largest building to date, a ѕhаrрlу tapering 95-ѕtоrеу skyscraper mаdе of glаѕѕ аnd ѕtееl that hаѕ bесоmе his mоѕt rесоgnizеd сrеаtiоn.

7.     Frank Gehry

This Wеѕt Coast аrсhitесt is undoubtedly the mоѕt fаmоuѕ in thе world right nоw, thаnkѕ tо hiѕ 1997 dеѕign fоr thе Guggenheim Muѕеum branch in Bilbао, Spain. Thе Guggenheim Bilbао rеmаinѕ the finest example оf a style he’s аррliеd tо innumerable соmmiѕѕiоnѕ, like Diѕnеу Hаll in Los Angеlеѕ and MIT’ѕ Stаtа Cеntеr in Cambridge MA. Clad in titanium, The Guggеnhеim Bilbао ѕuggеѕtѕ a large ѕhiр tied uр аlоng the Nеrvión River. Thе building is also сrеditеd with rеviving thе fоrtunеѕ of itѕ hоѕt city, thе lаrgеѕt in thе Bаѕԛuе Cоuntrу.

 

8.     Miсhаеl Graves

Hе iѕ оnе оf thе роѕt-mоdеrniѕtѕ аrсhitесtѕ. He wаѕ very intеrеѕtеd in painting thаt аffесtеd hiѕ аrсhitесturе. Graves jоinеd the wоrking tеаm оf Carl Strаuѕѕ and Ray Rousen. His noteworthy wоrkѕ inсludе the Pоrtlаnd Building in Oregon. Whеn it соmеѕ to the awards, hе rесеivеd thе AIA Gоld Mеdаl in 2001.

 

9.     Dаniеl Libeskind

Hе is a Pоliѕh architect whо was bоrn in 1946. Libеѕkind joined thе Brоnx High Sсhооl оf Science аnd later the Cоореr Union fоr architecture. The Jewish Muѕеum in Bеrlin wаѕ Libеѕkind’ѕ most important glоbаl wоrk thаt gаinѕ him tоо much ѕuссеѕѕ. Hе оffеrеd оthеr prominent wоrkѕ ѕuсh аѕ thе Grаnd Cаnаl Theatre in Dublin, аѕ wеll аѕ thе Imреriаl War Muѕеum North in Englаnd.

10.Cеѕаr Pеlli

Hе was bоrn in 1926 in Argеntinа. Hе attended thе Univеrѕitу of Tuсmán, whеrе he learned аrсhitесturе. Pеlli joined thе wоrking tеаm in thе оffiсе оf Eеrо Sааrinеn аnd Aѕѕосiаtеѕ. Hе wаѕ аn architect fоr thе fаmоuѕ TWA tеrminаl аt JFK Airроrt. Pelli’s most outstanding wоrkѕ аrе thе World Finаnсiаl Center in NYC аnd thе Pеtrоnаѕ Twin Tоwеrѕ.

For all your architect work and design you contact us at ‘LewisVisuals’. Wе offer аn intеgrаtеd аррrоасh tо аrсhitесturаl design аnd combine аll еlеmеntѕ from conception tо соmрlеtiоn оf each рrоjесt; rаnging frоm individuаl rеѕidеntiаl dwеllingѕ to еntirе dеvеlорmеntѕ. Lеwiѕ Visuals achieves аn excellent ѕuссеѕѕ rаtе with planning аррliсаtiоnѕ.

 

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17th October 2017

How Much Will My House Extension Cost?

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As the UK’s leading architectural design firm, we are often asked by our clients, “How much will my house extension cost?” In fact, it is the number one question asked by our clients and our answer is usually a very long and detailed explanation of costs and the wide range of factors that make up a home extension. Then we break out our construction cost calculator and add in these factors to create a total that is a good estimate of the final cost.

An average single-story extension about 4M X 5M would usually around £1,500 – £1,700 per m2 or more depending on location and other factors. A double story extension with the same footprint would cost, on average, around 50% more than the single-story extension.

So, what are these factors that could lead to a higher price per m2? Let’s take a look at some now:

Does It Include a Kitchen or Bathroom?

You would add around £5,000 for a bathroom and £10,000 for a kitchen depending on your needs and specifications.

Finishes and Fittings

Many homeowners choose premium finishes and fittings to personalise their home and this can lead to increased costs. These include tile finishes, glazing, premium carpeting and paint and sliding or folding door options.

Complex Site Constraints

Not every build site is ideal and complex site constraints can add to increased costs. Limited access, irregular soil type, drainage, pipework and meters as well as an existing structure can become expensive factors.

Location

Where your home is located is a factor in the cost of your extension. If you live in London or the South East, costs would be considerably higher.

Materials and Construction Techniques

Finally, the type and quality of the construction materials used and the type of construction techniques employed by the builder could increase the cost of your extension by thousands.

How much will your home extension cost? For an accurate estimate, contact Lewis Visuals now and let one of our experts assist you today or click this link to use our construction cost calculator.

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17th October 2017

How Long Will My Extension Take to Build?

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Something we are asked frequently here at Lewis Visuals is “How long will my extension take to build?” This one is much more difficult to answer than “How much will my extension cost?” but it is one that we do our best to provide an answer to. When building an extension, there are certain aspects of the build that take a specific amount of time and there are other aspects that are unknowns or factors that could takes days, weeks or months depending on the build.

Any time you plan a build project such as an extension, there are certain factors that play a role in the length of time it takes to complete the project. Let’s take a look at some of these factors and the average length of time it takes to complete each one:

Choosing a design team-1 month

When adding an extension to your home, you want to find the right design team that is experienced in creating the type or style of design that suits your needs. This could take up to a month or longer.

Project Design-2 months

Once you have chosen your design team, they will get to work creating a design that suits your home and your style. You will receive an initial proposal within a week or two and the entire design phase could take up to two months depending on your requirements.

Planning-2 months

Depending on where your home is located, you will need to submit your plans to the local authority planning department for approval. This could take up to 8 weeks or longer depending on the complexity of the plan.

Building regulations-2 weeks

Now that the plan is approved, more detailed plans need to be created following building regulations. Expect this to take an additional 2 months.

Choosing your builder-1 month

It could take up to 1 month or longer to choose the right builder for your project. Then, that builder will need to look over the plans and create an estimate.

Construction-4 months

The construction phase could take up to 4 months as it contains factors that could speed up or slow down progress. Larger extensions could take 6 months or longer.

Finishing and Trimwork-2 months

Although your extension may look move-in ready from the outside, there is still finish and trim work that must be completed for the project to be finalised. Depending on the size of the project and homeowner requirements, this could take 2 months or more.

If you have questions about an upcoming home extension project, contact Lewis Visuals today for a no-obligation consultation that could save you time and money on your next home extension project.

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27th July 2017

What’s the difference between an architect, architectural technologist, an architectural designer or technician?

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Architect, architectural technologist, an architectural designer or technician, what’s the difference?

For domestic building projects it’s always worthwhile using a professional. An Architect will be registered with the RIBA, a Chartered Technologist with the CIAT and a designer or technician may have a degree, diploma or sometimes just experience in their field. They can help you establish your brief, budget, planning constraints, building regs, help you select a builder and inspect their work.

Before selecting your professional it’s worth checking out all your options, ask for examples of work, testimonials and recent planning consents.

Here at Lewis Visuals we often get asked what’s the difference between an architect and other architectural design professionals, so here’s the low-down:

ARCHITECTS

To call yourself an architect in the UK you must be registered with the Architect’s Registration Board (ARB), who is there to protect your interests as a member of the public. It’s members must adhere to their professional code of conduct. You can check whether your ‘architect’ really is an architect on their website here: architects-register.org.uk. Some architects also subscribe each year to be a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Typically, it takes an architect seven years to qualify, following a combination of theoretical and practical training, so you can be assured of their professional competence to deliver your project. The Architect’s Registration board also stipulates that its members must hold adequate insurance. However, it is always worthwhile double checking this with your architect before they start work.

Architects are able to offer you ‘full services’, from concept design to detailed construction drawings and specifications, but can also administer the contract between you and your builder throughout the construction phase.

CHARTERED ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGISTS MCIAT

Architectural Technologists also have a professional body – Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), who have a similar Code of Conduct for its members as the ARB. Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT members can offer and deliver ‘the full range of architectural services’ akin to that of an architect as mentioned above. As with the ARB, CIAT also stipulates that its technologist members hold adequate insurance/s. Typically it will take approximately 5-6 years to qualify.

Some examples of work from Lewis Visuals Chartered Architectural Technologists.

SO WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ARCHITECT AND A CHARTERED ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST? 

The services that they would provide for a domestic project are broadly very similar. As a broad brush attempt to differentiate, architects are generally more ‘design led’ with greater interest, experience and training in the aesthetic and spatial qualities of a project. Whereas architectural technologists have often had more experience and training in the science and technology of building, e.g. how and why they are constructed in a certain way, using certain materials.

However, there are certainly many architects who are highly technical in their approach and many technologists who are very creative, so individuals should be considered on their own merit.

At Lewis Visuals our team also has experience in interior design, kitchen design, property management and property developments. Although we’re technically qualified we’re also proud of our design flare and fresh look at architecture.

OTHER TYPES OF ARCHITECTURAL PROFESSIONALS

ARCHITECTURAL TECHNICIANS OR (NON-CHARTERED) ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGISTS

Do not have to be registered with CIAT to describe themselves as such and may or may not have academic qualifications or experience to offer design services.

‘PART II’ OR ‘PART I’ ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNERS

are partially qualified architects (note, so not architects). Similar to architectural technicians, they will usually work within a practice under the direction of an architect.

“ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNERS”

This is really a broad term covering all of the above and the title is not protected by a regulatory body. Therefore the title could apply to those with an architectural qualification as mentioned above… or in some cases, none at all. Qualifications, experience and expertise will vary from person to person. So, here are a few things to consider/ questions to ask when appointing any architectural design professional below

Some examples of work from Lewis Visuals Chartered Architectural Technologists.

  • Do they hold professional qualifications demonstrating their competence to deliver your project? Are they registered with the any of the following: ARB, RIBA or CIAT?
  • Do they hold adequate insurance to protect you from errors in their work (Professional Indemnity Insurance)?
  • If they do not hold adequate professional indemnity insurance, their drawings and specifications should not be used for construction. Instead, the design liability could to be passed onto your contractor (builder). For example, the architectural designer could prepare preliminary drawings for planning only. Then, the contractor can develop the design into construction drawings and take responsibility under their insurance.
  • Have they done similar projects before? Ask to see examples when you meet and get references from their past clients.

The key to a successful project is a good professional which will listen to you and support you along the way. Lewis Visuals are different to many other practices in that we do care about transforming lives through design.

Here is some handy information to help you along the way.

          

IoD’s 2017 London and the South East Director of the Year Awards Finalist

AI Global Excellence Awards Most Outstanding Design and Build Company 2016

BEFA’s Best Service Based Company 2017

BEFA’s Finalist for Best CEO 2017

Houzz Best of Houzz Client Satisfaction 2017

Build’s Most Innovative Designers in the UK 2016

Build’s Best Design and Construction Company in Surrey 2016

BEFA’s Best Female Entrepreneur in Europe and the Middle East 2016

Build’s Best Design and Construction Company in Surrey 2015

WICE Best Female Architectural Technologist in Europe 2015

FSB’s Best Business Person of the Year in Surrey 2015

  

 

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