After carrying out a dimensional survey and the assessment of the condition of your old home with you and working out its potential and constraints, and your needs and vision, I will then sit down to develop what we discussed into your building brief and floor plans which I sketch to scale.
The sketch-to-scale and build-brief process takes on board any feedback additional to what we discussed and addresses any questions you might have about the build and the build process.
At this clinic I will also provide you with a work plan that you can use to help deliver your dream house, and to maximise your budget.
In some instances a property, or part of a property, is a protected structure and a Conservation Report is required before any building work can take place. And An architect accredited in conservation may have to be engaged for the duration of the build. During a Conservation Design Clinic for such a dwelling I identify for my clients what their options are, and how to go about getting a Conservation Report. As I am an architect accredited in conservation, I can prepare a Conservation Report for protected structures, and then provide full architectural services, but this is entirely separate to the Conservation Design Clinic. Engaging me for these services is entirely at the discretion of my Conservation Design Clinic clients, no hard sell or such shenanigans.
I do offer all Conservation Design Clinic clients a follow up clinic during which I can provide advice on the old building methods and where to get the natural materials required for your conservation build. As well as advise on courses if you want to do at least some of the work yourself.
My approach is to give my clients the information and advice they need to see their old house become their dream home at the end of a building process which they can take full ownership of.
The online design clinic experience worked as well for me and I would recommend it as an alternative to a home visit. I shared photos and measurements beforehand as well as the general scope of my extension needs and ideas.
The first part of our discussion was based on my wishlist for my extension and how I intended to use the space, and talking online about this was very straightforward. When it came to putting ideas down on paper, I did feel that this would be more challenging to do online, but by doing a screenshare Patti was easily able to sketch and talk me through different options.
At the end of our session (which we split into two segments to accommodate a break from the laptop), I came away with a clear idea of how my new space should look and the next day Patti shared drawings based on our clinic discussion that I can now take to builders for cost estimates.
We had our Design Clinic conducted over Skype due to Covid 19. Patti really captured what we were looking to achieve and how best we could integrate this into our home. We didn’t lose any of the value of Patti’s brilliant Design Clinic concept, we just didn’t get to meet her in person! Our end product design is exactly what we need. Many thanks Patti.
We have great satisfaction of how Patti maximises the use of the sun from early in the morning till late in the evening, which saves on our fuel bills and is good for the environment. Mostly, however, there is a sense of well being from living in a house where the sun is going through all day. We would never had envisioned the home that we have without Patti's professional advice. Overall we found the service superb.
We had discussed altering our home and had come up with lots of ideas, but we needed some clarity in the form of expert advice. Patti listened to our requirements, assessed the house and came up with lots of ideas, that were both practical and creative. At the end of the day Patti left us with a plan that was exactly what we were hoping for! We are thrilled with the outcome and would highly recommend Patti to anyone seeking to improve their home.
We discussed at length what I wanted and what I needed. This process was not easy for me but with Patti’s patience and encouragement and at the end of a very long day I had a plan I really liked.
Thank you sincerely Patti.