Work begins on residential project in Almondbury

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Construction work has started this month on a large residential property on Fenay Lane in Almondbury following planning approval.

The owners of the house contacted the team at Fibre as they wanted to modernise their property in line with the properties situated around. The development will include a large extension and refurbishment including new garden retaining walls and other external works.

The plans look great and we look forward to showing you the finished product!

Why you should consider a timber frame house

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Timber frame housing is a construction method of building that relies on the natural resource of timber to provide structural support. Timber is becoming an increasingly popular build element for modern day constructions due to its premium properties.

There are many advantages associated with custom built timber frame construction. Here are some of the major benefits:

Eco Friendly

Timber contains less embodied energy than any comparable building material and is possibly the only truly renewable structural building material available today. In addition to this, prefabricated modular components ensure offsite waste is re-used and onsite waste is minimised which results in cleaner sites, cost efficiencies and an environmentally friendly project.

Speed of Construction

Timber frame construction is 30% faster than brick and block causing less disruption for the local community and providing a quicker return on investment. Other trades are also able to work around you and can do their jobs at an earlier and predictable time.

Flexible Design

This type of construction is highly flexible in terms of design and is widely compatible with any type of cladding. Timber frame can be used for a wide range of developments from bespoke houses to leisure centres to hotels and many other buildings.

Non Weather Dependant

Unlike other building methods, timber frames can be erected in all weather conditions. A typical timber frame house can be weather tight in less than 5 days.

Quality

Timber frames are constructed very accurately in order to be erected quickly and easily. This means that a high level of site supervision is required to ensure that the exact standard of construction necessary is achieved.

 

 

Emerging Design Trends

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Whilst time is a constant, it feels like the future is creeping up on us faster than ever. When you think how far we’ve come since the brutalism of the 50s the thought of where we could be in even just a decade is staggering.

We believe it’s the job of the architect to predict the future, the most successful projects are those that address the need of society in the present AND the future. Whilst we don’t have a crystal ball, through looking at emerging trends we can try and read what the next few years have in store for us.

Connected Towers

Space is a finite thing and should be treated like any other resource. Until we establish the technology to colonise other worlds, we’re going to have to spare a thought about how we use the space we have left. It’s not likely that we’re going to run out of places to live anytime soon, but dense urban areas run much smoother when they’re constructed with efficiency in mind.
An emerging trend seems to be taking this consideration into account, and that is the concept of connected skyscrapers. This incorporates some sort of ‘sky bridge` that serves a communal purpose for the residents of that building. Often this manifests simply as a way to move between the two (and sometimes more) towers. That being said, the use of this space can often serve multiple purposes, with designs cropping up having the bridge as a communal park or even a swimming pool. Using the buildings to support a structure in the sky is a clever way to make use of areas that we’ve not yet tapped into.

Broken plan living

Broken plan living is a lot like open plan living, giving more of a communal space than the traditional segregated house plans, whilst offering nooks and crannies for privacy and independence from the rest of the room. Even only a few years ago, it was common for a whole family to sit in front of the television together for the evening, yet with the popularity of portable technology, like tablets and laptops, broken plan living has clearly designated spaces to allow independent activities without the isolation of being in different rooms.

 Aquatic Architecture

Many cultures have incorporated water into their buildings and communal spaces since ancient times and it seems like this is gaining traction in mainstream designs.

Not only as an aesthetic choice, with artificial waterfalls and bodies; using rivers, lakes and oceans as space to build upon (or in) relates back to using the finite space in an intuitive way. On top of this, waterborne living offers a way to explore global-warming proof design, possibly designing for the future in the most literal sense.

On the major end of the scale, entire waterborne cities have been designed as a self-sustaining, independent system. Although these may be a vision of the future, and not something we’ll see in the next couple of years, we’re definitely taking steps to explore the possibility before it becomes a necessity.

 

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The Relationship Between Innovative and Traditional Architectural Design.

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They say there’s no such thing as originality, every idea is appropriated from a previous idea, and that from an idea before, ad infinitum. True originality is a utopian dream, only found from the ignorance of a previous work. This is true, not only for architecture, but every creative discipline.

So how do we progress from the old to the new? We think of architecture as a living and malleable entity, influences can be traced back and back, showing a lineage of its design.

Take, for example, New York’s city hall, the large columns holding up the first floor balcony outside the front dramatically reflect Athenian ruins. This, however, isn’t simply aesthetics, but the communication of the columns is also brought through the ages, echoing the powerful empirical voice of majesty and authority.

The real threat is not moving forwards in design, recycling old creations is partially inevitable but advancement is essential for progression and avoiding stagnation. Architecture is less about zoning and maths that anyone would care to admit, it’s about emotional connection and communication that will reverberate throughout individuals and communities for as long as that building exists.

Architecture works on the basis of a pendulum; one one side of the swing, architects push for innovation, new technologies and new solutions for the way we live today. When pushed too far, you end up with designs that are so avant garde that they alienate the consumer with no familiarity or foundation in the real world. So the pendulum swings back, back to the symbols that are known and loved and so familiar, and all progression is lost.

What seems to be happening now is a bizarre splicing of styles where new, futuristic design is stapled onto classic buildings, which looks both unnatural and mismatched.

What we’d like to see is a merge of classical and innovative design, where the boundaries of both are so blended that there’s no distinctive line between. For instance, we could be looking at skyscrapers which are traditional in their dimensions (fulfilling their original roles) with the intention of meeting the requirements of the modern age. For example, this could be through sustainable design and a contained system of meeting the needs of the occupants. Perhaps even through redesigning the internal space to allow for a more spacious design whilst still considering the ever rising populations of urbanised areas.

With the availability of design software to the average person, an increased awareness of societal requirements, and the increase of the consumer driven industry, we believe that we’re on the brink of an architectural revolution that will shape the face of humanity forever.

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Sustainable architecture is the future

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The key to an environmentally positive future may be sustainable architecture. Living more economically can protect our environment, so what better way to live more sustainability than by making the structure of our built environment greener?

Sustainable architecture means minimising waste from both physical waste and energy loss. Creating buildings that consume less energy in order to keep us comfortable means that we are able to become environmentally responsible and resourceful, which are vital components to reducing climate change.

It is suggested that a new build two bed cottage produces the equivalent of 80 tonnes of carbon equivalent emissions, with the majority being in the walls and materials used. By using energy efficient methods in the occupied house, it is possible to recoup most of these emissions.

Using sustainable building practices and construction materials reduces the impact of the construction in the initial stage and therefore is a preferable option when becoming more environmentally conscious.

There are three concerns to consider when designing eco-friendly buildings; construction materials, energy efficiency of the building and, of course, the location of the building itself. By looking at traditional building methods alongside cutting-edge technologies, we can inform a brighter future. We are able to build environments that have less impact on the natural surroundings in order to shape the future of architecture.

 

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So you want to build a house? Here are 7 steps to your new home

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Whether building new or renovating, creating your new home is an exciting journey and a chance to make it perfect. As with any journey, you’ll want to plan as much as possible. And while you’ll no doubt want to put your mark on it, having an experienced architect by your side will mean a more enjoyable and enriching process.

Here are the steps to creating a home:

Goals – Creating a new home involves creating goals in order to reach the finished result. The more specific the goals, the smoother the process will be.

Budget – While a budget usually cannot be stuck to by the last penny, it is important to have a budget that will outline what you can afford and whether this fits in with your future plans. Include every last thing from decorating to landscaping.

Land – Work out where you want to live and what you are looking to build. Are you wanting a view or just after good schools in the area? Find a spot that’s perfect for your needs and build your home.

Team – While you might think you can go it alone, it is probably likely you can’t and it is important to assemble a team of professionals. These people will act as a guide throughout the journey in order to make the process more enjoyable.

Plan – Plan…A LOT. Think about both the big and small things, choosing the small details will make your home unique to who you are while spending time with architects to design the property will make your dream home perfect. You don’t want to think, what if?

Accept – Hiccups happen, that’s a given. It is how you and your team react to these hiccups that matters. Having a professional team who can work together will go a long way to keeping everything on track.

Enjoy – You’ve worked hard and spent a lot of hard earned money, so enjoy it. Let this place become your haven and relax!