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When the client shares a moment in their home that we imagined during planning... ☀️​​​​​​​​
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Quality of life is a key priority for our approach to architecture and design: this matters on smaller scale projects and big projects alike.​​​​​​​​
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Light and space are fundamental human needs. We do not have a preconceived style to bring to your project, but an emphasis on light and volume is key to our design process. ​​​​​​​​
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We work with a variety of clients including private homeowners, developers and small businesses. Over 95% of our work comes from existing client referrals and recommendations. ​​​​​​​​
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If  you would like to chat about your dream home, contact us via the link in our bio here 👉 @darrenoldfieldarchitects​​​​​​​​
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Plots of land in London can be few and far between, but if you do find one, don't be put off by the shape. ​​​​​​​​
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An awkwardly shaped plot is simply a design challenge to us! We pride ourselves on producing beautiful, unique and innovative design solutions, whether working on an extension of an existing property or a new development.​​​​​​​​
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If you want to build your own home, get in touch to find out how we can help turn your dreams into a reality.​​​​​​​​
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E-mail us at info@darrenoldfieldarchitects.co.uk​​​​​​​​
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▷ Image: Plans from a current development of 3 new houses in Brockley, South East London
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✨ Work in progress ✨​​​​​​​​
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We were commissioned in the summer of 2021 to begin work on a new home to replace the dilapidated dwelling that previously occupied this gorgeous rural location. ​​​​​​​​
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Our concept is a series of modern barns sunk into the Wiltshire countryside, using durable, natural materials: charred timber on the floors above and flint walls below.​​​​​​​​
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Introducing subtle and contemporary design principles, the house is designed to sit partly into the hill, sensitively reflecting the gentle undulations of the land around it. ​​​​​​​​
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We are working towards a planning submission in the next few months. Follow us for updates, as this stunning project moves forward toward reality! ​​​​​​​​
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✨ NEW PROJECT✨​​​​​​​​
We’ve been appointed to refurbish and rework this beautiful Grade II listed townhouse in Islington.​​​​​​​​
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We are at stage 2 of our 5 step process - the sketch design stage. Having presented the client with our sketches, we are presently working through their feedback to finalise the design. ​​​​​​​​
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Our priority is to create a design which fulfils the brief and needs of our clients. Once the design has been confirmed, we always recommend that our clients ask a builder or quantity surveyor for an initial cost estimate. ​​​​​​​​
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On listed buildings such as this one, our stage 2 also includes consultation with the local authority conservation officers for pre-application advice on our proposals​​​​​​​​
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To find out more about our 5 stages of work, head to the 'How We Work' link in our bio. Just tap here ⟹ @darrenoldfieldarchitects ​​​​​​​​
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✨MEET THE TEAM ✨
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Lydia joined the Practice as our Part II Architectural Assistant in October 2020 having previously worked at prestigious practices Knox Bhavan and Ash Sakula. 
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Lydia studied at the University of Nottingham for her RIBA Part I Architecture degree, specialising in sustainability and then pursued the sustainability teaching programme for her RIBA Part II Architecture Masters at the Aarhus Arkitekskolen, Denmark. 
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In Aarhus, she specialised in intergenerational housing and has given talks for York City Council on this subject. She is currently sailing through her Part III and is on track to qualify as an architect in the Autumn!
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Outside of her working time, Lydia is a sea swimming enthusiast and cyclist and has recently taken up jewellery-making.
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Got a question for Lydia? Drop it in the comments below. 
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Do we include interior design in our service? ​​​​​​​​
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Where an Architect stops and an Interior Designer starts isn't always easy to define. We consider interior architecture and space planning in our designs. We also include many elements that people might call interior design, such as: ​​​​​​​​
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- Kitchen layouts​​​​​​​​
- Bathroom layouts and interior elevations​​​​​​​​
- Bespoke fitted furniture design and joinery​​​​​​​​
- Lighting and electrical layouts​​​​​​​​
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However we don’t choose floor finishes, bathroom fittings or the final light fittings. Many of our clients are interested in design and this is the point at which they feel comfortable getting involved. They can then introduce their own style personalities into their projects, either on their own or with the services of an interior designer. ​​​​​​​​
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When should you commission an Interior Designer? ​​​​​​​​
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1. If you're not comfortable or able to make decisions about the interior details.​​​​​​​​
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2. If you don’t have the time to procure all of the items required. On a full house refurbishment, this can be a lot of work and then some more! We have interior designers who we regularly collaborate with, who can help with procuring and ordering as well as the design input. ​​​​​​​​
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We're happy to chat if you have further questions. Email us at info@darrenoldfield.co.uk or, send a direct message. ​​​​​​​​
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Image: Interior by client @janemcc21.​​​​​​​​
Photography by @guylockwoodphotography⁠ ​​​​​​​​
Lighting @sparkandbell⁠ ​​​​​​​​
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How do you make a space feel bigger?​​​​​​​​
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✨ We'd all like to wave a magic wand to create more space in our homes. However, sometimes you just need to use the space you have more effectively.​​​​​​​​
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If not designed well, adding an enormous extension to your home can create more problems than it solves. ​​​​​​​​
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When we design a new project, we plan the space intelligently, ensuring our designs meet the needs of our clients and extending only where necessary and justified- not just for the sake of it!​​​​​​​​
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So how do we give a feeling of more space in a build? ​​​​​​​​
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Clever layouts can often feel more spacious than they are: if you can see plentiful floor space, for example, this reduces the feeling of visual clutter. ​​​​​​​​
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Likewise, built-in storage creates clean lines that introduce a sense of spaciousness, even into small corners and alcoves!​​​​​​​​
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Extending and renovating your property is a substantial investment, so our priority is ensuring your new space works for you. ​​​​​​​​
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If you are considering a building project, get in touch to find out how we can help you.​​​​​​​​
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▷ Email: info@darrenoldfield.co.uk ​​​​​​​​
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📸 by @guylockwoodphotography​​​​​​​​
Collaborator: @kn_designs_uk​​​​​​​​
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When you're given the brief: an 'out-of-the-ordinary' single-storey wraparound extension, and you nail it! 😉​​​​​​​​
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Our clients previously dismissed a project by another firm for which they had obtained planning permission.​​​​​​​​
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We created for them a spacious, pared-back aesthetic which seamlessly links indoor and outdoor spaces through a material-led "outside-in" design. ​​​​​​​​
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Stage two of this project has just begun. Follow us for updates. ​​​​​​​​
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Looking out of your window onto a green roof is super satisfying especially as you don't have to haul your lawnmower up there to maintain it! 😉⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Green roofs add beauty and sustainability to your project. They increase biodiversity, provide thermal and noise insulation, and reduce water runoff helping to reduce the risk of flooding. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🌱 Biodiverse roofs are designed to be as natural as possible so maintenance is minimal with just periodic gutter clearing of organic matter. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🌱 Wildflower roofs require more maintenance and may need strimming once a year in autumn. Irrigation systems on steeply sloped roofs are recommended, to ensure they remain at their optimum throughout hot spells of weather. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Let there be light! ⚡️ The universe was onto something. 😉 ​​​​​​​​
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It’s no coincidence that light levels in our homes have a significant impact on our health and wellbeing. That is why light, volume and space are the 3 pivotal principles guiding every project we work on. ​​​​​​​​
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Even on the most constricted sites, we introduce plentiful natural light through our creative use of glazing and three-dimensional space. ​​​​​​​​
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We place these concerns foremost through our focus on maintaining an ethical, sustainable approach to design and construction.​​​​​​​​
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Planning a property overhaul? We would love to chat. Find our contact details via the link in our bio here 👉 @darrenoldfieldarchitects​​​​​​​​
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Image: Sunny kitchen/ living room in South London with multiple glazed light sources, including a wildflower roof window. ​​​​​​​​Part of a 3 unit residential development 
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For us, sustainability in architecture begins on day one, before we’ve even put pencil to paper. Sustainability is an inherent part of our process and not a bolt-on technology that appears at the end of the project. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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There are many different aspects of sustainability that we try to incorporate into every scheme. We consider how to maximise access to good quality daylight, sunlight and ventilation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We’re externally insulating the entirety of the property, including the roof, installing an air source heat pump, and solar thermal hot water panels. All of these measures should significantly reduce the energy cost of the building. Perfect for a chilly, remote location! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We were appointed back in autumn 2021 to provide a basement enlargement and rear extension for this large red brick early Edwardian semi-detached home in Highgate. An area we know well as this is our third project on this particular street! 🙌
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We are now at the tender stage. Planning has been approved, and we have prepared all the necessary construction information for contractors to price up and provide an overall cost to our client. 👷‍♀️
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🎬 Watch the video to see the drawings cycle through 3 views of the project, showing images of the existing building, the proposed demolition (areas in orange) and the proposed construction. 
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If you know someone who is considering a basement extension tag them below as they may find this interesting!
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