Fibre’s latest residential development project

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Fibre Architects have secured a project for a high-quality residential development with a local property developer. After being chosen based on our 20 years’ experience working with major and local housing developers we were commissioned to develop 12 individually designed detached properties to be built in Birkby, Huddersfield.

We were asked to create unique & bespoke 4 and 5-bed detached houses types with generous internal accommodation & gardens. The properties were designed to complement the site which is situated in a discreet & desirable location just north of Huddersfield Town Centre, surrounded by a number of existing mature trees.

The planning permission for the houses was approved in December 2015 with work set to begin on site this year. Completion of the houses is due in 2017. The developer has experience in delivering well-crafted, new build homes, with a reputation for excellent attention to detail in construction and build quality.

Following our strongest financial year so far, Fibre Architects are enthusiastic for work to start on the build. Our team of local architects design both commercial and residential architectural projects, with over 80 percent of our projects being residential.

Our Managing Director at Fibre, Martin Booker commented “We have put a lot of time and effort into designing these exquisite homes and we are very excited for work to begin on site. The development will be a positive addition to the area and we look forward to seeing the end result.”

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Why move house when you can renovate?

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Here at Fibre Architects, we have noticed that people are increasingly opting to renovate their existing homes, instead of undertaking the expense and stress of moving house.

There is a growing appreciation for the transformative effects of renovation. If you have lived in your home for some time, it’s likely that your needs and those of your family will have changed over the course of your ownership. The features that you found quirky and homely when you first viewed the property, may feel tired and cramped 10 years later. If this is the case, it’s worth investigating a potential refurbishment before jumping back on the property ladder.

If you are thinking about selling your property, ask yourself why it is that you want to move. If you are happy with the area that you are living in and have no desire to relocate, then, again, a tailored, remodelling project could work for you. When it comes to your own property, you’re the expert. You know what works and what doesn’t, for you and the people you live with. So start making notes as you go about your daily routine to identify challenges.

Ask yourself, are the issues that are bothering you simply aesthetic? For example, if you feel your home is dimly lit, then you could look at installing extra lights, hanging more mirrors or even fitting additional, large windows. A more practical problem, such as the less-than-perfect layout of your property causing disharmony in your household, then it may be time to call in the experts for a serious overhaul of your home.

The easiest way to create more liveable space is to extend upwards into the loft. Most of the work can be done from the outside, minimising the impact on your life at home. No planning permission is required as long as you do not exceed specified limits, visit gov.uk for more information. If you can’t go up, then you could go underground and create a truly unique extension to your space, but be aware this can be a costly option.

While the focus of the refurbishment is to add a new lease of life to your existing property so you can continue to live in it, the improvements you make will add value if and when you do choose to move. With the right architects and building firms on board, your property can be beautifully remodelled and your bespoke project realised.

If you are thinking of renovating your home, contact us at info@fibrearchitects.co.uk

What qualities makes a good architect?

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Every architect’s design process is extremely personal and nuanced. However, there are some things that we at Fibre Architects think all good designers have in common:

1. They tell a good story. Our memories of places are inherently linked to stories. A home that tells the story of a specific client, in a specific place, at a specific time enriches the experience and gives it a reason for being. Finding the bigger, guiding idea and creating a story around it imbues every design decision with meaning.

2. They take risks. Taking risks to do something out of the ordinary is part of any creative field. Rethink, reimagine, retool and invent new ways of doing the same old thing — while the laws of physics still apply, even gravity can be challenged. This isn’t to say that everything requires innovation or bold action, but looking at a problem through a different lens often reveals interesting solutions that don’t rely on standard practice.

3. They sweat the details. At its heart architecture seeks to solve problems, but it’s the way we’re able to solve those problems — the poetry we bring to the solution — that separates the good from the bad.

4. They simplify. “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak,” said painter Hans Hofmann. Too often we let complexity act as a proxy for interest. Architects are schooled in editing down to the essential components. If it doesn’t have a function, its necessity should be questioned.

5. They establish order. Designers prefer applying ordering principles to everything, at every level. Naturally, the need for order requires hierarchy — which basically means you have to decide what’s the most important thing and let the other things defer to it.

When beginning a new design project, it is important to evaluate three main things: the building site (existing or new), the client and the budget. The overarching concept is derived from the one that asserts the strongest pull, and I begin crafting a narrative around that force. That’s where the ordering begins.

6. They break the rules.  Once we have an established repeating pattern, we can decide where to break the rules. Imagine a series of windows aligned on an orderly grid. The one window that breaks this set of rules must do so for a very important and specific reason.

Overall, at Fibre we want to inspire and impress with our designs, whilst obviously still satisfying the customer’s specific brief. We are always aiming to go above and beyond to really provide that ‘wow’ factor and deliver top of the range architectural designs for our clients.