Sketching is a way of exploring ideas quickly.
With the onset of computer modelling and VR sketching can seem a bit old school. However sketching has the massive advantage of not requiring the precision or resolution that a computer generated image does.
You can explore ideas pictorially without programming your machine to do it for you, and you can find solutions considerably quicker.
Long live the sketch!
Been a busy year with a plethora of interesting works continuing at different stages. The contemporary extension at Fairyhill Hotel has been made up a substantial amount of our office time with the many, many layers of specific design resolution and requirement, a complete refurbishment to a property on Westcliff in Southgate, the second in as many years, a fabulous new-build property in Llangennith along with works in Langland, Llanrhidian, Reynoldston, Pennard and Caswell.
Several really good planning permissions achieved and as yet, consistent planning success with our Gower-based residential designs. We often post updates to our facebook page so check out the link above.
Raum have now moved office.
With the excellent assistance of the select few, we have designed, crafted and completed a bespoke fit-out to a former shop space adjacent to Ty Junction on Queens Rd.
Our new address is now 2A Queens Rd, Mumbles. SA3 4AN.
It's already proving to perform as we need it to and has some great homely touches to it.
Here's to many ideas being coaxed into reality within this new and inspiring space.
PS. We've promised to keep the fridge stocked!
Fantastic news to hear that Noakes House has been awarded Winner of 'Best Extension or Alteration to an Existing Home' in Building Excellence Awards 2017 by City and County of Swansea Building Control. Well done to the whole team.
See photographs of the Award Winner project here.
We are frequently discussing new projects with potential clients whilst progressing our existing workload.
In order to correctly resource all projects we have introduced a simple waiting list for commencing new works.
And, whilst background research works can be progressed during this period our current lead in time for new projects is
We discuss this time structure with potential clients and ask that new clients convey to us in writing an interest in appointing
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Works are programmed in with a fixed commencement date reflecting the currently lead-in time, we contact the client 4 weeks before progressing works to confirm the reservation, if they choose not to progress then no issue and the next project is brought forward.
This has proven to be a fair and realistic time structuring which several of our clients have already been part of.
We highly recommend clients speak to a practice's previous clients regardless of who they are considering appointing.
We pride ourselves on committing ourselves to all projects we undertake and would offer any of our former clients as references.
Design development visualisation
Planning permission has been secured for a new build house in Llangennith.
No objections were lodged whilst the application was being considered and a decision was issued within 10 weeks of submission.
The design takes a lead from built form within the immediate context as well as capturing the incredible panoramic view from Worms Head to Burry Holms.
Discussions regarding the detailed design have already commenced.
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Planning Permission has been secured for major works to an existing property in Southgate.
The works include a replacement side extension along with major internal works and a rear extension.
The reworked property will benefit from flipping the living accommodation to the first floor to capture the fantastic views.
Internally the arrangement will be completely reconfigured and refitted, it will adopt a entirely low energy heating system as well as the creation of a dramatic glazed entrance atria and stairwell.
This renovation and extension to an existing property has just been granted planning approval.
The house will serve 3 generations alongside artist's studio space, and by adding an additional storey to the main house and terraces on the South elevation it capitalises on the commanding view over the nearby park.
The Planning Case Officer, the planning department's Urban Design Team and Planning Application's Manager were all supported of the application and it was approved under delegated powers without any time extensions necessary.
Works are progressing largely on schedule at Langland Court Road.
Despite abysmal weather good progress has been made and the final building forms are taking shape.
Windows are due imminently closely followed by internal works with some seriously desirable finishing touches.
All credit to Jon on site who continues to produce quality work - see http://www.jpcdl.co.uk/ for contact details