Archive for December 2015

Planning Departments Are a Mess and It Has to Stop

Looking back at 2015, I can confidently say it’s been a good year. We’ve cut the ribbon on some of our best projects yet and have found a new home for our practice. But one thing has stood out as a near constant sore point for me, my staff and my clients: planning departments. Years…

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You Can’t Afford Not to Use a Quantity Surveyor

We work with quantity surveyors on all of our projects. I’m entirely confident in our ability to design a house but – the same way I need an accountant for the business – I need a quantity surveyor to advise and monitor the costs of building one. Occasionally, I meet resistance from clients who don’t…

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Basements: Myths Versus Facts

Lady Carr-Ellison is one of our most distinguished clients. A few years ago, we completed a substantial kitchen renovation and extension to her beautiful Victorian house in London. Despite being overjoyed with our work, I’ve yet to convince her that we can build just as well underground as we can above ground. We asked her…

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