David McGrath Designs

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As Architects, Fibre are probably one of the first people to be involved in a residential new build or renovation project, we know the buck doesn’t stop with us. What happens after we have helped design your new home’s exterior and structure is what helps complete the process of making a house a home.

That’s why we value the work of great interior designers and what they can bring to the projects we work on. One of our most favoured partner companies in this profession is David McGrath Designs, based in Mirfield. We have worked with him for several years now and we’re always extremely happy with what the team bring to our projects.

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Much like us at Fibre Architects, the staff at David McGrath Designs have been working in their field for over 20 years, creating and installing bespoke interiors all over Yorkshire. David is always very flexible and accommodating in his approach to creating designs with clients, and will work hard to deliver according to specific taste and budget.

We appreciate the way that David McGrath Designs share our contemporary approach to high-quality design and the way in which this adds tremendous value to any property. Whether it be in the kitchen or the bedroom – David delivers designs that are simultaneously modern and homely and that create a ‘ready to move into’ feel for the projects we work on.

 

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At Fibre, we realise the importance of working with the best people to make a home that not only we are proud to have helped design for you, but also a home you are really happy to live in yourself. That’s why we only work with the best possible people throughout every step of the designing and building process, and we look forward to continuing to work with David again in the near future.

If you want to learn more about David McGrath Designs and see more of the great design work he has done, take a look at the website: http://www.davidmcgrathdesigns.co.uk/

Fibre on the new ‘right to build’ legislation

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It’s no secret that Britain is in the midst of a grave housing shortage, the likes of which we haven’t seen for many years. In response to this, local councils have taken action in order to help increase the supply of affordable homes with the new ‘right to build’ legislation.

From next month, under the legislation, councils in England will be obliged to ensure that plots of land are available to anyone wanting to self-build their own homes. It is thought that this will provide a much-needed boost to the number of housing options available across the country. The policy is following in the footsteps of a similar drive that has taken place in the Netherlands and has seen positive results.

Aspiring builders need to register their interest in creating a self-build and the council is obliged to satisfy their demand within three years of their application. Possible sites for these homes include public sector land, perhaps that owned by the NHS or the Ministry of Defence. As architects, we are really excited about the design possibilities this new legislation represents.

We’re designers who always put the client first, we always enjoy working on self-build projects as it allows us to assist people in achieving their dream home. By essentially ‘starting from scratch’, it gives potential buyers the freedom to pursue a design that is to their specific tastes.

As well as the design opportunities a self or new-build can represent, in terms of budget, there is evidence that a self-build could save up to 30 percent of the cost of buying an existing home. The drive also presents the opportunity for different kinds of building, including sustainable builds – which is something we hope to be doing more of here at Fibre Architects.

We look forward to seeing how this new legislation affects the number of self-builds taking place, and we hope to be involved in a lot more of these types of projects in the future!

Top tips to reduce carbon footprints in construction

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Fibre Architects is a company that is particularly passionate about sustainable low carbon design and building in general. With the recent news that the concentration of carbon dioxide emitted has now reached 400 parts per million, it has become increasingly important for construction projects to reduce their carbon footprint and provide buildings which are not only economical, but are also sustainable in their designs.

Sustainability is something we always take into account when creating our designs, and here we take a look at some tips to reduce carbon footprints within the construction industry as a whole:

Use of materials

When designing or renovating buildings, it is always important to plan which type of materials will be utilised, but there is now an increased focus on implementing materials which are not solely cost effective, but sustainable and energy efficient in order to provide long-term benefits and lower carbon levels. This can impact on the overall design of builds, where they are going to be built and the logistics surrounding construction work.

Recycling

It is also imperative to recycle materials such as aluminium within builds, which will effectively reduce the level of waste products which are currently sent to landfill, providing increased advantages for the building industry.

Insulation & Solar

In order to reduce CO2 emissions further, ensure builds incorporate cavity wall insulation and double glazing to ensure heat does not escape, but also ensure the heating is set at certain times whilst also lowering the thermostat.

Burning less fuels to retain warmth in the home will reduce carbon footprints further.

Solar panelling systems have become increasingly installed in both traditional and modern properties in order to capture as much natural energy as possible to reduce CO2 emissions.

Water

Having a shower instead of a bath reduces CO2 levels significantly. Designers are increasingly being asked to build sustainable solutions by utilising and harvesting rainwater, which can be used for irrigation.

Transport

Although transportation of materials and goods drives a huge increase in CO2 emissions, in order to lower this, construction companies could source materials locally and provide increased sustainable benefits. However, if transporting vital resources is necessary, utilising energy efficient vehicles will produce lower emissions.

Article source: http://www.constructionglobal.com/managementandplanning/900/Top-tips-to-reduce-carbon-footprints-in-construction