New Concept Proposal for Extension in Shaw Hill, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley

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SDA Architecture Ltd released its latest unique extension and renovation project for an exclusive private client in Whittle-le-Woods near Chorley today. SDA’s Creative Director said, “This project has required special architectural thought to transform the existing detached home into a sustainable and exceptional architectural designed home. The brief was clear from the outset and allowed our award winning team the opportunity to design a private residence with real quality. I feel its paramount to understand your clients requirements and needs for function, but also to amalgamate this with a style of architecture that encapsulates materials choice, texture and light.”

SDA Architecture Ltd were chosen over 7 other architect firms after impressing the client via conceptual designs created as part of the initial consultations.

If you are thinking of embarking n your very own architectural journey and require experienced architectural assistance call our office on 01257 441 512 or alternatively fill out our contact form on our contact us page.

George Clarke’s Seal of Approval

Posted in: Be Inspired by SDA Designer Reviews- May 28, 2014 Comments Off

SDA Architecture received high praise from one of the UK’s highly recognised Architects and presenter of the ‘Restoration Man’ over twitter when reviewing one of the latest completed projects taken on by SDA last year. The renovation and extension of the 1920′s  detached property in Whittle-le-Woods, Nr Chorley impressed George by responding to the tweet with the word ‘Brilliant!’

The renovation of the ‘empty’ home has created great waves in the architectural world in what really can be achieved with homes that have been empty for years, this project was developed by husband and wife directors of the Architecture Firm as a opportunity to showcase the enormous potential that empties have. The project took just over 12 months to complete from feasibility to hand over back to the clients, the refurbishment and construction was developed on the basis of using second materials to reduce landfill and improve financial benefits to the project. The process has been a raving success and has altered the minds of many of the existing clients of SDA to convert and extend rather than demolish and new build.

With over 653,000 empty homes listed in the 2013 statistics this architectural design practice has really highlighted untap potential within the market place to reinvent and reintroduce currently unused housing stock back into the market as exceptional architectural private dwelling-homes.

SDA are currently looking to take this process one step further by reinventing a commercial empty into a state-of-the-art architectural office that gains code 6 sustainability and passive standards, again hopefully opening the eyes of the market place into the opportunities available in the UK today.

To read more about the project follow the link: http://www.sdaarchitecture.co.uk/portfolio/1920s-extension-whittle-le-woods/

Concept for Contemporary Extension Wigan

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We are happy to announce that our clients were delighted and very excited by the conceptual designs prepare for our client design review meeting yesterday, full steam ahead for Planning submission.

The design has been developed to achieve code 5 for sustainable homes and is using some very unique technology that will definitely make the design stand-out from the rest.

Holiday Inn Express gathers momentum

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SDA submitted the planning consent application for the conversion of the well known Martland Mill Building in Wigan to transform the existing building into 87 bedroom hotel with restaurant facilities and conference meeting rooms. The application is one of many due to the redevelopment of the site that will include a further 15,000sqft serviced office development, coach park and sports bar facilities.

Extensions still add significantly to property value, say estate agents

Posted in: Be Inspired by SDA Designer Reviews- Apr 30, 2014 Comments Off

Extensions remain an effective way for homeowners to achieve a greater sale value, according to the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA).

Using new research, the NAEA has also highlighted the type of home extensions most likely to add value to a property ahead of a sale.

The latest monthly Housing Report from the regulatory body shows that 49% of estate agents believe that adding an extra bedroom is the best way to add value to a property – usually by converting loft space. A focal point for most properties, the development or extension of the kitchen is also likely to have positive effects for vendors, with 34% of agents surveyed saying that it was the number one way to boost the price of a property.
Other methods of extension and renovation that received support from estate agents were adding a conservatory, adding a garage and converting an existing garage into living space.

President of the NAEA, Jan Hӱtch said that for homeowners considering selling their property, an extension can act as a ‘wow-factor’ against the competition and significantly improve the value of a home.

“Our research shows that bedrooms and kitchens are seen as the most sensible areas for expansion, and this certainly rings true when a property comes on to the market. The number of bedrooms is usually the first criteria house hunters select, therefore if it’s possible to add an additional bedroom, there can be an immediate effect on price. Remember that securing the necessary consents is an absolute must before any work starts and any unapproved work can have a significant impact on resale value. To get the best advice on selling any home, always seek the expert counsel of an NAEA member agent,” she added.

Cuerden Valley Bungalow Reinvention

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SDA Architecture have recently been commissioned to prepare architectural design proposals to transform a traditional detached bungalow within Clayton-le-Woods, Nr Chorley. The concept to the project is simple using the sloping context of the site and the woodlands setting with the location being on the edge of Cuerden Valley, create a family home that will react to the woodlands setting, creating visual links to the valley and use a delicate pallet of materials that will enhance the site and woodland link.

The client brief was to transform the existing tired bungalow rather than demolish it and create further landfill, with this sustainable approach in mind which as sustainable designers we loved the opportunity to prepare designs that would maintain 75% of the existing home, with modest insulation and renewable energy solutions this family home will be energy efficient, have great architectural merit and will allow an empty home be reborn for many years to come.

If you are looking to development a property either your current family home or a new build and require professional architectural advice please contact our office on 01257 441 512.

Ask the experts…

Posted in: Be Inspired by SDA Designer Reviews- Mar 11, 2014 Comments Off

What are Building Regulations?

Building Regulations are set by the Government to protect the health and safety of people in and out of buildings, to promote energy saving and to make sure building works provide enough access and facilities for workers. The regulations cover the following areas of building construction:

  • Part A: Structural stability, loading and ground movement
  • Part B: Means of escape in case of fire, internal fire spread, external fire spread and access and facilities for the Fire Service
  • Part C: Site preparation, dangerous and offensive substances and moisture resistance of floors, walls and roofs
  • Part D: Toxic substances
  • Part E: Sound insulation of walls, floors and stairs (this regulation only applies between dwellings and between dwellings and other buildings)
  • Part F: Ventilation of buildings and preventing condensation in roofs
  • Part G: Provision of bathrooms, safety of hot water storage and provision of sanitary conveniences and washing facilities
  • Part H: Sanitary pipe work and drainage, cesspools and septic tanks, rainwater drainage and storage of solid waste
  • Part J: Air supply to heat producing appliances and protection from risks of fire as a result of heat producing appliances, chimneys and flues
  • Part K: Protection from falling on stairs, ladders and ramps. Protection for vehicles barriers and loading bays colliding with open windows, sky lights and ventilators
  • Part L: Conservation of fuel and power, such as thermal insulation and the control of certain heating systems
  • Part M: Access to and use of buildings such as sanitary conveniences and audience or spectator seating
  • Part N: Protection for the impact of glazing, and the safe opening, closing and cleaning of windows, skylights and ventilators
  • Part P: Electrical safety issues, such as design, installation, inspection and testing of fixed electrical installations in the home
  • Reg 7: Materials and workmanship.

These regulations are completely separate from Town and Country Planning rules and regulations. Approval under Building Regulations does not give you planning permission and vice versa, for further information on Building Regulations please contact us on 01257 441 512.

Masterplan presentation approved by client

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SDA Architecture presented its vision in the latest master planning proposals in front of 2 Blue chip companies and the client. The full master plan was received very positively and maintains the progress of the redevelopment site in Wigan. The mixed use development will comprise of Hotel, Restaurant, Serviced high specification offices and Observer press department, with impressive improvements to the site both visual landscaping and parking the site. SDA’s Creative Director Simon Lewis said, ‘to see Wigan gain such investment from Private developers is really a promising sign of economic improvements, along with the support shown by the blue chip rated companies it would seem Wigan could be the next high investment area in the north-west region. All of us at SDA are very proud of the redevelopment and are excited for the project commencement. its great for SDA Architecture Ltd to gain such high praise from the elite companies who specialise in their field’

SDA Sponsor Dubia 7′s Legends

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SDA Architecture are extremely proud to announce their continuing support to the Joining Jack charity based in Wigan. Creative Director Simon Lewis said, ‘its a great cause and we are happy to assist in anyway SDA can. Andrew is a good friend and really needs all the support and help in trying to cure DMD, the dubai 7′s sponsorship is the least that we could do and will continue to support Andrew and Alex with the Joining Jack charity. It was a real honour to join the legends team in Dubai and to meet such great bunch of people like Jason Robinson and Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Carbon Neutral Development

Posted in: Be Inspired by SDA Designer Reviews- Feb 24, 2014 Comments Off

SDA Architecture has recently been commissioned to produce feasibility concept proposals for the development located in Egerton, Bolton. Due to the sites complexities and sensitivity both in site topography and siting within Greenbelt and the Conservation area the architectural concept will need to be exceptional by design and be exceptional in regards to renewable and sustainable properties.

The client brief involves infusing Georgian and contemporary architectural styles to create a sustainable luxury family home. The concept design incorporates underground basement space that comprises of double garage, utility, store, kitchen dining living space direct outlook into the woodlands and flowing stream, to the ground floor the design includes generous entrance on approach, large internal hall way with double height vaulted space, living room, morning room, WC cloak room, small kitchenette and link glass cube within feature staircase leading to the basement zone, leading to the first floor two bedrooms with linked ensuite, master bedroom with ensuite dressing room, feature gallery landing, laundry and link to second floor attic room that creates a fantastic space to appreciate the surrounding landscape.

We truly believe that his private dwelling will be exceptional in many ways…

If you are looking to embark on your own grand design project and require architectural assistance visit our contact us page and submit your enquiry or contact us directly at our Chorley office on 01257 441512 or alternatively our Wigan office on 01942 610 935.