profe ssional a dvice

25 Beautiful Homes - - RURAL NEW BUILD - ian Arm­strong, Arco 2 Ar­chi­tec­ture

‘As­sem­ble the right team. It’s vi­tal to find an ar­chi­tect who un­der­stands your vi­sion, and a builder you can work well with. Word of mouth can help you find the best “fit”.

Con­sider us­ing a plan­ning con­sul­tant. The Na­tional Plan­ning Pol­icy Frame­work set out by the gov­ern­ment in 2012 en­cour­ages sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, so or­ganic builds are likely to be favoured. This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant if your planned or­ganic build is lo­cated within a Na­tional Park or con­ser­va­tion area. An ex­pe­ri­enced plan­ning con­sul­tant will be fa­mil­iar with the likely snags and pit­falls at a lo­cal level, and can help save you time and money. Opt seek­ing for tra­di­tional in­spi­ra­tion de­signs from lo­cal and ver­nac­u­lar ma­te­ri­als, ar­chi­tec­ture. Do some re­search into older build­ing styles, too, and use lo­cal, re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als wher­ever pos­si­ble, as these will give your build an au­then­tic look and help it blend in to the sur­round­ing area.

Ex­plore cur­rent trends, such as the in­creas­ing demand for dark-stained tim­ber houses that are al­most in­vis­i­ble from a dis­tance. Tex­tured black tim­ber that has been treated us­ing the an­cient Ja­panese tech­nique of “shou sugi ban” (sim­i­lar to char­ring) is an­other favoured look.’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.