As a London-based architecture firm, AURA have a wealth of experience in creating the extra space you need, in spite of London’s high housing density.
And whilst the Richmond borough is known to be one of the toughest areas for planning permission in the whole of London, our Twickenham architects are able to creatively design extensions, loft conversion, refurbishments, and new build developments that both meet planning regulations and fulfil your desires.
We will work with the planners at richmond.gov.uk on your behalf, to ensure a smooth, speedy, and hassle-free planning application.
Architecture firm’s websites rarely give you much insight into the real experience you will have as your project progresses.
But independent reviews from past clients, and also architect awards, can help you to see the true picture.
And in 2019, we won 2 awards from Build Magazine – we were voted “Most Trusted Residential Architecture Firm” and won an award for being undertaking the “Best Small Scale Extension and Refurbishment Project”.
Going for the lowest price doesn’t normally make good sense when selecting an architecture firm.
Your house is a valuable asset, and the skill of the architect selected can make a huge difference to the resale value of your home.
Plus the disappointment of an end result that doesn’t quite live up to the home of your dreams lingers for many years, long after the initial small fee saving has been forgotten.
Typical architecture firm fees in Twickenham are 8-16% of the total project cost.
At AURA, we strongly believe that charging fees as a percentage of the project cost is not in our client’s favour. It incentivises the architect to incorporate unnecessary expensive features into the design, instead of focusing on what is best for you, our client.
So instead, we choose to charge fixed fees, that are agreed on upfront, and additionally, we clearly itemise every cost right from the start, so that there are no hidden costs.
To help you compare our fees with other architects, we can confirm that our fees will be approximately 8-12% of your total build costs, assuming that you use our full range of services.
Hiring a high-end residential architect to design your extension is an essential step for all but the simplest of small-scale projects, assuming you want to maximise space, maximise the value of your home, leaving no details overlooked.
A good architect will take care of the needed building regulations, planning permission application, and will take the hassle out of selecting contractors and monitoring the project through to completion.
AURA have experience with:
Contact the helpful architects at AURA to discuss the layout of your property, and find out what is possible. After an initial design consultation, we will come up with 3 concepts for you to consider. Submit an enquiry online today to get started.
To learn how to maximise the ROI value on a new build residential project, see our property developers blog post.
If you feel that knocking your house flat and starting afresh with a complete new build is the best way forwards, you may be interested to view this recent new build project or view the full range of home-owner projects here.
Of course, if you’re not sure whether a complete new build is best, or whether a full house refurbishment and/or extension might be a better option, please contact us to discuss and we’ll gladly help you assess the best option.
Depending on the planning restrictions in your area of Twickenham, a complete new build may not be an option that is open to you, but with our in-depth knowledge of the local areas and conservation zones, we can advise you on this.
Twickenham planning is controlled by Richmond Borough Council, who can be notoriously difficult to work with. Fortunately, our Richmond architect team have plenty of experience and will work proactively on your behalf to obtain the planning permission that you need.
The kitchen is often regarded as the heart of the home, and rightly so.
Modern homes increasingly blend dining and socialising and relaxing space into the traditional kitchen area.
There is a definite trend towards larger, multi-functional kitchens, and so a kitchen extension is a top desire for many owners of London homeowners, especially those with older or period-style properties, which typically have small kitchens.
Even if you’re the type that prefers peace and quiet while you cook, and don’t want an open-plan style kitchen, there are still more considerations to accommodate in a kitchen design than any other room of the house, so this area deserves the most attention from your chosen architect.
Maybe your home interior is getting dated or tired, or maybe you want to incorporate a home office for flexible working, or maybe you just want to better utilise the available space.
Whatever the reason, the creative architects at AURA Architecture will help you to:
Where garden space is limited, often the only choice to create more living space is to go up or down.
Whilst many have considered a loft conversion, not everyone realises how a skilled architect can turn a basement into an attractive and functional living area, even introducing natural daylight with lightboxes as shown.
Or get in touch to discuss your dreams and we’ll help to make them a reality.