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Making the most of views, light and space Louise Crossman of Louise Crossman Architects talks about transforming spaces and homes, and briefly explains the role of an architect. For most of us the closest we ever get to an architect is watching Grand Designs, and quite rightly the focus is on the design aspects of the role, throwing less light on the other things that an architect does between creating the first concept designs and the final denouement. Whilst good design is fundamental, the architect must also make it work. You may wonder whether you really need an architect and what they can bring to your project. To help answer this here are just some of the things that architects do during the process of transforming your home: First and foremost an architect brings great design skills, understands how spaces can be used, suggests ideas or materials that you may not have thought of and working with you to sketch out ideas starts bringing your scheme to life. With their knowledge of your area and the relevant regulations they can liaise on your behalf with the Planning Authorities and provide drawings and supporting documentation for Planning, Listed Building Consent and Building Regulations applications. You may also need advice Louise Crossman Principal and Director of Louise Crossman Architects from other consultants as part of the process, such as structural engineers, where your architect can coordinate these for you. Your architect can also provide the construction information for your builder and continue to support your project through to completion. Throughout the process their aim is to make sure that the design isn’t compromised, to realise your aspirations and to create spaces and homes for you and your family to enjoy for years to come. Here is a snapshot of some of our recent projects that we hope will inspire you. PROJECT: Realising the potential to create light and space Refurbishment and rearrangement of a Grade 2 listed property On the banks of the Exe estuary, this Grade 2 Listed property was built in 1703 as a boat building workshop and sail loft. Converted to a house in 1910, it was substantially refurbished in the early 1980’s and split into two dwellings, which were then joined back into one in 2000. The various additions and alterations over the years, had left the property in a confused state, which, combined with the unusually long shape of the house, resulted in a collection of small and disorganised rooms that did not flow well or take best advantage of the fantastic setting. AFTER: The accommodation was rearranged and refurbished taking advantage of the views over the estuary and creating a beautiful contemporary home with open plan rooms finished to a very high standard. BEFORE: 62 Countryside, History, Walks, the Arts, Events & all things Devon at: DEVONSHIRE

PROJECT: Sensitive Barn Conversion to create a light modern home To respond to the building's history within a courtyard of traditional buildings, the sensitive conversion maintained the external appearance of the former coach house and used traditional materials and careful detailing to reinstate its traditional appearance. Internally however, the conversion used a palette of new and natural materials to give a light and contemporary interior with flowing spaces. With restricted opportunities for new openings, additional light was obtained by the use of rooflights with careful orientation of the rooms and with concealed lighting. AFTER: AFTER: BEFORE: PROJECT: Delightful transformation for 21st century living Extension, complete refurbishment and loft conversion in Edwardian home Overlooking the Axe valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this Edwardian residence has been extensively modernised, extended and re-organised to create a beautiful family home, whilst retaining the charm of the original Edwardian house. The house had become dated and somewhat tired looking and the brief was to not only refresh the home but also to create new spaces that would suit 21 century living. The focus was threefold: extending the ground floor to create a light and spacious kitchen / dining area and general re-organisation of the ground floor rooms, re-organisation of the first floor to create a master bedroom suite with dressing room and en suite and conversion of the loft to provide two further bedrooms with a bathroom. The fabric of the building was also extensively repaired, including the roof, the conservatory and the terrace, new dormer windows were added in the loft and a delightful balcony leading off the master bedroom was created to take advantage of the views. BEFORE: AFTER: Having work done on your home can be an exciting and rewarding, albeit sometimes stressful, experience, which your architect can help guide you through. The size and complexity of your project, the level of your own involvement, your budget and your aspirations will all determine the extent of architectural services needed, and if you would like to chat through the possibilities for your home, we are happy to come to your property for an initial visit to discuss with you what you would like to do. We won’t charge for this visit, but only ask for a small donation to a charity of our choice, currently Shelter – for whom we are proud to say we have raised (at the time of going to print) nearly £7,000! We like to think that using an architect will bring that extra ‘something’ to your project, and one of our recent client’s comments says it all – “May I thank you once again for your wonderful design and your invaluable help in bringing it to fruition. As you predicted, the work has hugely enhanced our enjoyment of the house and garden and, in fact, has exceeded our expectations.” 01392 260490 01984 640988 What's On in Devon? hubcast .co.u k 63

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