Many thanks to all of our friends and followers, clients and contractors, for making 2017 such a fantastic year for the practice. We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2018.
This year has been characterised by a series of successes in obtaining Planning Permission for some ambitious projects in challenging situations, including the External Stair and Rooftop Retreat projects. Each project is of course unique, requiring a bespoke design and bespoke service, and this includes taking care over the preparation of statutory consent applications. In addition to designing for the brief, we also design with Planning Policies and Building Regulations in mind. A nuanced understanding of these allows us to innovate and often present more creative interpretations of them in our designs. Having done so, making a strong case for permission has been about preparing high quality drawings, including 3D visualisations, and a thorough written submission. We were delighted when the local authority gave the following reason when granting permission for the Linking Levels project:
"The extension appears as an unashamed contemporary addition in its own right, the modern design and finish of which add to the architectural interest of the house. The development does not have a significant impact on the amenity of neighbouring properties. For these reasons the development complies with the aims of policy DEV 2 of the adopted 2017 Midlothian Local Development Plan."
Having consolidated our team in 2016, we were delighted to welcome John in 2017, following his graduation from Edinburgh Napier University with the class medal in Architectural Technology. John's technical training has complemented the rest of the team's skills brilliantly, bringing the staff complement up to five in time four our fifth birthday.
To celebrate our fifth birthday, we were pleased to exhibit at the Edinburgh Home Building and Renovating Show in October. We took this opportunity to showcase some of our favourite projects, including the Upside Down House and Futureproof Conversion. We had a great time speaking to people who are interested in Self Build and this has led to some exciting new projects for us to take forward in 2018.
In the new year we look forward to some of the projects we have on the drawing board moving onto the construction phase, as well as tackling lots of new challenges. If you have a project you'd like to discuss, why not get in touch?