Our Design in a Day workshop was fun, productive and a real pleasure. AWK listened to our brief and came up with a design that would not have occurred to us without her input.
a. M House : Don’t Move, Improve! Awards 2018
A client with an eye for immaculate detailing and good design, our M House was carried through on site to an elegant conclusion.
Don’t Move Improve Awards: Our clients wanted to replace an existing conservatory and kitchen and build an infill extension to create a family kitchen and living space, without losing the connection or the light to the original dining room. The property is in a Conservation Area in Richmond Borough and is also a Building of Townscape Merit. There was also a room above the outrigger with a non-compliant staircase opening into the existing kitchen. The scheme proposed a series of glass ‘boxes’ to the roof, most importantly one that connects the new space with the dining room to allow a view of the sky, create sufficient head room and allow light into the now inner space.
We developed a cladding detail to enclose the sliding doors and worked closely with the door supplier. The black brick and dark zinc cladding give an elegant touch to an understated extension that does not pretend to be of a different era. Our clients selected a Roundhouse Design kitchen for a refined finishing touch. The bespoke Walnut Staircase was made on site by the main contractor. The space is generous and warm and our clients’ choice of materials and finishes ensured that it is finely tuned providing a light filled family home and a kitchen to be proud of. It is not a surprise that the project was nominated for the Don’t Move, Improve! 2018 Awards and will be exhibited in the New London Architecture exhibition in January 2018.
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I really love the new kitchen and the space you designed. It is so light and welcoming but still works with the rest of the house. I hope you are as pleased with it as we are. We really enjoyed working with you on this project and would strongly recommend your practice to other people.
Thank you so much for the wine as well. We shall certainly raise a glass to you and your team.
Sam of A:WK spent time familiarising herself with the surrounding area and the site of our proposed project, before talking with us at length, and listening attentively to get a feel for our hopes and requirements. She was positive and enthusiastic, while pointing out some practical constraints and possibilities that non-professionals would not be aware of. I love my new home and am delighted to have gone through the building process with A:WK by my side.
The first floor was changed from a standard semi detached layout to have two large bedrooms with en-suites, one with a dressing room - a more practical and comfortable arrangement for the cosmopolitan couple.
The hand painted kitchen was designed to be in the heart of the house, with an island unit where the family tend to gather for breakfast, coffee mornings with friends and after work meal time conversations.
We really enjoyed the process of working with Sam and the team. We found the home workshop visits really helped us work out what we wanted and Sam was amazing at talking us through the process and understanding our requirements. The plans that were created were amazing and really brought everything to life. So would wholeheartedly recommend Architecture:WK!
We love Neatsmith in Hampton and have worked collaboratively on several projects. We were delighted to help with the design and planning application for their shopfront when they moved from Teddington to Hampton.
This is one of our favourite - and earliest - projects. With a tight budget and a small kitchen in need of updating, Nick and Rachel wanted to create an interesting kitchen extension to their terraced Victorian property in Twickenham
Architecture:WK's Design in a Day workshop was a great opportunity to share exciting & practical ideas on how to maximise the space & light. AWK gave a high quality presentation of the design, which they have since developed into more detailed drawings & submitted successfully through planning. Looking forward to the next stages!
Our 'Design in a Day' experience was fantastic. They seemed to really get what we wanted to do. The final presentation helped us decide what we did and did not want to move forward with. We decided to continue with A:WK all the way through to finished construction drawings and now feel confident and well-armed moving into the actual build.
We are so glad we found AWK. We are delighted with the stunning design but even more so with the exemplary service provided by Sam, Tuc and the rest of the team. It would be hard to find a more technically proficient practice and even harder to find a more customer friendly team.
AWK listens, is client centred, innovative, well organised and an excellent project manager. She pays attention to detail. Most of all she is passionate about her work. A great Architect and example of all that is good in the profession at such a challenging time.