Choosing the right materials can give you the best start to your building project

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You will have often heard advice about choosing the right materials, but does this apply to everything?

At Fibre Architects we believe that design and planning correctly in the first place gives you a solid foundation to be creative and innovative with your designs and this opens up the doors (quite literally) to use the amazing range of materials currently available in the architectural field.

Starting with a ‘fabric first’ approach to building design concentrates on maximising the performance of the building’s components and materials that make up the building’s fabric, allowing you to achieve a well-built thermal and energy efficient build; then you can focus on the imaginative use of the wide palette of other materials available – elements that can look great and help reduce capital, operational & maintenance costs and/or lower carbon emissions.

Buildings designed and constructed this way can also minimise the need for energy consumption through:

  • Maximising air-tightness.
  • Using super-high insulation.
  • Optimising solar gain through the provision of openings and shading.
  • Optimising natural ventilation.
  • Using the thermal mass of the building fabric.
  • Using energy from occupants, electronic devices, cookers and so on.

Concentrating on fabric first is considered to be more sustainable than just installing energy-saving technology or renewable energy generation later on, which can be expensive and often relies on you, the user, being efficient in the way you use the technology.

Having energy efficient materials integrated into the building from the outset means that occupants have less to do less to operate their building, creating fewer changes to their living habits.

Fabric first building systems can also be constructed off-site to be of higher quality and better performance, lower labour costs and increased speed of build.

At Fibre Architects, we are constantly keeping abreast with the latest materials and construction practices, so why not talk to us about your ideas and plans in a free consultation so you can get the best advice for your next build.

Dreaming of a Grand Design that will make your dreams a reality

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When you look out of your window into the sometimes grey British sky do you ever think I wish I could live in ….? Many coaches and successful people tell you to write it down, get your dreams in writing, on paper, make them real.

Take your idea and doodle it down, then think about the space you actually need for a functional purpose like the kitchen – how many hours do you spend in there? Are you a budding gourmet cook or a home baker? Is your special place the bedroom to relax and chill? Do you paint and need a room with natural light or do you want a home that supports your ethical and environmental values?

Fibre Architects can take the stress and worry out of your paper dreams and make them a reality. We can give you a free consultation to discuss your dream home. We don’t just draw up the plans, we can discuss material, planning permissions and work with you to create the ideal living space with the perfect outlook.

Considering all the above will make planning your dream space a reality because we can work with you on your timeline, budget and space planning.

Here are a few more tips to help you start the dream…

• Take a look at websites like Grand Designs and Houzz for inspirational ideas – don’t be put off by BIG IDEAS, we can help you adjust them to fit your space and budget

• Think materials – what would you love? What is out there now?

• Think space – what do you have now that can be adapted and used more effectively? Do you need to look at land purchase? Do you have a big garden that can be adapted, changed or used?

• Plan with expert advice, it could save you thousands of pounds

Don’t let the dream die from fear of asking a few questions, give us a call and we can help you with your project.