Choosing the right residential architect in Chelsea or Kensington is not easy, so we have put together this guide to the key considerations when choosing an architect in this area of London. We also highlight the genuine differences that AURA Architecture can offer to enhance your next LBKC home improvement project.
AURA Architecture are based nearby in Clapham, and are extremely experienced in working with planners in all Central and South West London boroughs, including the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea planning department.
The team at our design-led studio provide you with a residential architecture service that helps you realise your dreams. We create high-end finishes for extensions, loft conversions, basement conversions, and new property builds.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is an affluent area, with average property prices over £1.3million, and any home renovation project in this area demands the best architect talent in London.
So why should you choose AURA Architecture’s small yet expert team of architects and designers to manage your project?
Kensington boasts the most expensive street in the UK, Kensington Palace Gardens, where average property prices are £35.6m according to the Telegraph. It also contains a complex network of conservation areas, meaning you may need to blend classical and contemporary designs in a skilful manner to obtain planning permission for any kind of home modernisation or expansion.
Our planning permission specialists will work with the planners at council to obtain planning permission in a timely manner, and our architects team will design a basement extension or home office that both suits your needs and stands the best chance of getting planning permission granted quickly.
No-where else in the country is it so essential to harness the best architect talent – simple amends to your home design can translate into differences of hundreds of thousands of pounds in the value of your home. We specialise in extending your home sustainably, sympathetically, and creatively, starting with your brief and then developing it into the home of your dreams.
Some kinds of extensions and home refurbishments can be completed under the rules of ‘permitted development’, but the rules are complex, especially if you happen to live in a conservation area.
Much of the housing here is within conservation areas, so achieving a design that meets your desires whilst keeping planners happy, may require some creative architect talent, and in-depth knowledge of the local area is essential.
It is often wise to put in a planning application to the council even if your project is within the scope of permitted development.
See our in-depth planning blog article for more information on this subject, or if you’re short of time to do your own research, simply contact our helpful team of architects and we can advise you on the best approach.
Unlike many architects in Kensington and Chelsea, we set out to make sure our fees are transparent.
We charge a flat fee of £75 per hour and let you know what the overall cost of our service will be as early as possible.
This way you are not faced with the prospect of escalating costs or abandoned projects.
For all the work we undertake, we follow the process outlined in our 10 Step Home Design Guide.
This begins when you first contact us and ends when the work is completed and your home is ready for you to enjoy.
First, you can start off the process by creating a design brief using our online enquiry form.
Our guide then explains the steps we take, such as carrying out a study of your home to understand any relevant planning policies or restrictions that may apply in your area.
Our director or one of our architects will then discuss your needs in a meeting. Then provide you with an itemised written quote. If all looks good, we then create three concept designs that show how we can bring your plans to life.
Our guide also explains the work we undertake to ensure planning applications are submitted and approved promptly.
Building regulations must be complied with before work commences, both for your safety, and to avoid embarrassing indemnity clauses when you come to sell your property. Additional services we provide include interior design, and selection of finer finishes and fittings.
AURA Architecture will also help you find the right contractor, and manage contracts for the completion of the work, for a stress-free experience.