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The planning stage of any home improvement scheme is critical to the success of the overall project, and by hiring an architect you can make life so much easier, and move ahead with the building work in total confidence. Consult an architect and you save time, money and wasted effort, whilst having the benefit of an expert on-hand to give you advice about planning, budget and building design. Seek their advice early on and also consider some of the following processes as you plan and prepare for your home renovation.
Be realistic with your expectations and look at the bigger picture
Extensions and home renovations aren’t simple fixes so be prepared to look at the bigger picture when you are planning any scopes of work. As well as choosing an architect, you will need to find a builder and if the work requires planning permission, this will need to be approved.
Be realistic about how long the process is going to take, and the type of disruption this is going to cause. Your home will be turned into a building site for a while, are you ready to embrace this and endure this until the work is finalised? It’s something you’ll have to get used to in the short-term before you see any long-term gains.
Have a clear plan and create a timetable for the work involved
Budget as much as you can for the building work and discuss the figure you have in mind for the project with your architect at the start. People often underestimate how much money they will actually need to bring their dreams to life and this can lead to future problems if they don’t have an adequate budget.
Talk through the finances you have available with your architect, and they can tailor the project to suit your requirements and create solutions that work well within your price range.
Stick to the plan
Once you have agreed on the plan for the building work with your architect, stick to your guns. Don’t attempt to change things once the plans have been approved and the building work is due to commence, as this can have a detrimental impact on the overall project.
Last-minute changes are likely to cost you even more money, and they can set the scheme back which has an impact on the budget and the timescale for the development work.
Consider the impact on your neighbours
Planning permission can be complicated at the best of times, so the last thing you need is neighbours putting a spanner in the works by objecting to your renovation work. Get them onside by talking to them at the start of the project, way before you submit anything to the planning department. Chat with them about the design scheme, explain the level of work involved, and promise to invite them around for a drink to view the work once it has been completed.
Sweeten your neighbours up at the start of the home renovation project and they are less likely to object to the plans you have in mind.
Are you considering extending or renovating your home and would you like expert advice? Don’t hesitate to contact us here at Brightman Clarke Architects to discuss your plans and call us on 0114 321 1869 or get in touch with us online.
Brightman Clarke Architects would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
2017 has been very exciting and successful year which has seen us work on a wide range of fantastic projects in Sheffield and Chesterfield. We haven't update our website in a while, but please check back in 2018 for a host of new projects which will be added to our portfolio pages.
2018 is all set to be even more exciting as we will be relocating our offices to larger office, based Dore village, Sheffield. We will also welcome a new architect to our team in January as we continue to grow and expand.
We will keep you posted with regular updates and we will let you know as soon as the new office is ready!
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to everyone.
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Brightman Clarke Architects is growing and we are looking for a talented and enthusiastic member of staff to join our team. We are looking for someone with excellent design skills and experience in residential projects. The position would initially be based in Chesterfield, relocating to a new Sheffield office in 2018.
For more information and for details of how to apply, please see our Careers page.
Closing date for applications - Friday 17th November 2017.
This position has now been filled. Thank you for your interest and please keep checking here for future appointments/advertisements.
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As Brightman Clarke Architects approaches it's first Birthday, we take a look at the work carried out in the first 12 months of this new partnership.
February 2016 is where it all started for us, when we formally merged Brightman Architects and Jonathan Clarke Architectural Design, registering our new practice, Brightman Clarke Architects. Since then it's been a busy year that has seen not just our portfolio expand but also our numbers as we welcomed Mick Dennis, an experienced architectural technologist (with a Masters degree in sustainable architecture) to our ranks in October 2016.
HALLGATE LANE and CHESTERFIELD ROAD
Firstly, in March we celebrated two more small housing developments gain planning permission. The first scheme, four contemporary inspired detached new build homes on Hallgate Lane in Chesterfield.
And the second, a more traditional development in Duckmanton, Chesterfield (architects site progress photos below). This project consists of a detached four bedroom and pair of three bedroom semi detached homes, sympathetically designed to nestle between established houses either side of the site.
TINY TIGERS CHILDRENS NURSERY IN CHESTERFIELD
This was then quickly followed by a planning approval being granted by North East Derbyshire District Councils planning committee for an extension of a modest bungalow for conversion to create this stunning purpose built Children's nursery.
Building works have been taking place on this scheme since early summer and we are pleased to announce that the project is now almost complete and due to open its doors for business on Tuesday the 3rd of January. We hope you'll agree that the unique shape and distinctive architectural style of this nursery are both eye catching and vibrant.
LODGE FARM IN CHESTERFIELD
Planning committee meetings were somewhat a regular occurrence for us 2016. We were again required to present, this time to Chesterfield Borough Council, a scheme for four new build homes in Brimington, Chesterfield (architectural images shown below) and again permission was granted. We have since prepared a full construction drawings package for the synfdicate of self build owners who are planning to start works on their own dream homes early in 2017. We hope to bring you updates on this development regularly through next year until completion.
STATION ROAD IN CHESTERFIELD
We also received planning permission for this modern timber clad house extension on Station Road in Chesterfield (pictured below)
MOORCROFT IN SHEFFIELD
Works also started on site to convert, extend and remodel a modest bungalow into a stunning, contemporary themed modern family home (architectural images below). Once complete the first floor lounge will be situated on the front of the house, benefiting from a modern open balcony that has breathtaking views out over the Peak District beyond.
In fact, we were retained to monitor construction works on this project and have enjoyed keeping a close eye on the building process. The house is now water tight and as you can see (progress photos from our recent architects report) the transformation is almost complete. We will be bringing you our final as built photographs early spring next year.
NEWFIELD CRESCENT IN SHEFFIELD
We've also seen our Newfield Crescent project built. A modern single storey development consisting of two small single storey extensions to the back of an existing bungalow to create an open plan living kitchen and a separate master bedroom with en-suite. Both extensions open up on to the back garden to bring the internal and eternal spaces closer together.
VERNON ROAD IN SHEFFIELD
We have seen great onsite progress for this traditionally themed two storey side extension (designed to match the existing house) with a contemporary single storey extension to the rear. We love how the black bricks contrast with the vibrant timber cladding to enhance both architectural features. We hope to see this completed early on in 2017.
STUMPERLOWE CROFT IN SHEFFIELD
Here we have another project that we have competed this year, a contemporary timber clad extension to the back of an existing bungalow.
Again we have used timber cladding and black bricks, however in this instance the black bricks are set back to create an architectural illusion of timber pods floating above the ground.
We also have a number of projects currently under development at various stages of the design and planning process.
RED HOUSE CLOSE IN WARE, HERTFORDSHIRE
This particular scheme is for a small and intricate new build home to be built in the grounds of an existing house. Due to the surrounding street scape and gardens the site itself created a number of limiting factors, restricting the location of windows in the property whilst also informing the shape and size of the property. This resulted in an interesting and innovative design that forms a highly sustainable development.
The height of the home was limited to minimise impact on the surrounding homes and gardens and appears almost as a bungalow yet we have still achieved two generous sized bedrooms on the first floor.
The orientation of the building was also carefully considered to ensure that windows were provided to each room without overlooking the surrounding properties and additional day light penetrates deep into the living space via a large light well running the length or the lounge area.
Externally, we have used sensitive material selections to mimic the surrounding street scene, with both red and buff brickwork used (as found on surrounding homes) to create and emphasise architectural features of the building whilst the use of charred timber cladding reflects an existing extension behind. This is applied to the "first floor" of the main elevations, which helps to break up the visual massing of the home further and creates a distinguished architectural feature.
CHESTERFIELD ECO DEVELOPMENT
Having worked on new build eco homes in the past, we couldn't be more excited to take these principals onto a larger scale to form a small eco development on the outskirts of Chesterfield (pictured below).
This contemporary housing scheme is still at conceptual stage. We're looking forward to taking it forwards in the new year and it will feature many sustainable features such as green roofs and a reed bed system for on site drainage in addition to an extensive woodland planting scheme.
LOCKO ROAD & PILSLEY ROAD HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS
We're currently progressing two housing developments for Poplar Farm Developments Ltd totalling 29 new build family homes in the Pilsley area of Chesterfield.
Pilsley Road (site Layout pictured above) received outline approval for upto 16 new homes whilst we are currently progressing the design development and planning phase for a further 13 new homes on the edge of the village at Locko Road (architects visuals below)
LOOKING FORWARD TO 2017
We're really excited about many of our projects which we will be progressing early in 2017, with many different architectural styles and themes, from a modern retail and commercial unit in the heart of Clay Cross to the conversion of an existing Georgian pub into apartments with a contemporary twist near the centre of Chesterfield. We will also be starting work on a series of new sustainable new build passive apartments in Rotherham that will be built using SIPS panels with contemporary architectural features.
We're especially looking forward to developing a large 5 bedroom new build contemporary home in Fulwood Sheffield and we will be bringing you regular updates of this. We have been appointed not only as the construction architects, but also to monitor site progress, holding regular design / construction team meetings and issuing subsequent architects reports to keep our client informed of progress.
Look out for these exciting projects here or on our facebook page.
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We really enjoyed our visit to check on the site progress of one particular job last weekend as Tiny Tigers Children's Nursery opened its doors for the very first time to hold an open day.
Whilst outside building works are not quite finished yet, inside the staff have done a fantastic job fitting out the learning zones for the baby, toddler and pre school rooms. We have to say, the spaces look fantastic, particularly the front room within the contemporary themed, flat-roofed pod that benefits from large glazed screens looking out to all sides.
The front pod has really taken shape since our last visit. The vibrant larch timber cladding is almost complete and the dark grey fascia is being fitted next week to create a warm and welcoming entrance hub to the nursery.
Behind that, the large two storey extension has now been completed and the nursery signage has been fitted between the first floor windows.
This nursery is certainly a far cry from the dank and run down bungalow that we found on our first visit to the site at the end of 2015. In fact, it has undergone a complete transformation and sits proudly on the corner of the main village Green in North Wingfield. But why not see for yourself? The nursery aim to open their doors fully on the 3rd of January 2017 and we wish them many successful years in their purpose built modern home.
We are pleased to announce the addition of our new commercial projects page to our portfolio.
As we develop our website, we will be adding more content and more projects for your to view. This new page adds six new commercial projects which are now completed or nearly completed. The new projects include a Nursery in Chesterfield, a bar and restaurant in Sheffield (above), a bar and restaurant in Nottingham, a day care centre in Chesterfield, a Pizza Hut delivery unit in Sutton in Ashfield and a child day care centre in Nottingham.
At Brightman Clarke Architects, we have experience in many types of commercial projects in our careers to date. We have particular experience in the Industrial, office, retail and student accommodation areas working with major commercial clients such as Sainsbury's, Unite Student Accommodation, IKEA, Asda, Morrisons, Segro and many more.
We have more projects in the pipeline which we will be adding to this page very soon, so keep checking for more updates.
If you have a commercial project which you would like to discuss with us, please feel free to contact us to see how we will be able to help you.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the 'Useful Information' pages on our website.
We have added the first of many information pages to your website to help you with your project and help get you started. The first three pages have been added which provide you with useful information on the planning process and building regulations, as well as a page with links to other sites to provide you with design inspiration.
All of the pages are focussed towards domestic projects, predominantly house extensions and new build homes. Whilst not extensive, we hope that these pages will help you give you an insight into the construction process should you not already be familiar. We plan to bring you more pages in the near future on Permitted Development, Party Wall Act, CDM Regulations and much more...
We are architects in Sheffield and Chesterfield with a wide range of experience of residential projects, so if you query is not covered within the pages, please feel free to give us a call and we'll help you in the best way we can.
We are very pleased to announce the arrival of Mick Dennis to Brightman Clarke Architects!
Mick is an Architectural Technologist with over 8 years of experience in the industry, working on a wide range of schemes including retail, residential, industrial, health care, leisure and commercial projects.
Mick, who graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in Architectural Technology and more recently from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Sustainable Architecture, has an excellent understanding of sustainable architecture, the latest sustainable technologies and construction techniques available.
Mick will be working on and leading a range of residential and commercial projects across Sheffield and Chesterfield and we are excited to be working with him.
We are looking to recruit a talented and enthusiastic member of staff to join our young and exciting practice.
Due to a sustained increase in workloads and numerous large projects already in the practice, Brightman Clarke Architects is pleased to announce we are looking for someone to join our design team.
If you're a recently qualified Part III Architect, or an Architectural Technologist with a few years experience, and looking for a new challenge we would like to hear from you.
The successful candidate should have:
- The ability to demonstrate creative design ideas
- Excellent presentation skills
- Have a sound technical construction knowledge
- Confidence to converse with clients and other design team members
- Be capable of running smaller projects
- Be able to work collaboratively within a design team on larger projects
- Preferably have some experience of residential projects
- Full UK driving license and own a car.
As a modern practice, we offer flexible working hours, time in lieu, staff bonus and a working environment that actively encourages creative thinking and design ideas.
If you would like to be part of our growing practice, and have a passion for architecture and design, please send your CV and examples of your work to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you.
This position has now been filled, thank you for interest. If you are still interested in joining our practice, please feel free to send in your CV and portfolio to email@example.com. We are a growing practice and always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our team in the future.
We are pleased to announce that Brightman Clarke Architects' website is now live!
Brightman Architects in Sheffield and JCAD in Chesterfield merged to form a new architects practice covering both Sheffield and Chesterfield, working on a wide range of projects. The combined portfolio and experience across the two practices covers a diverse range of projects types and sizes, ranging from small intricate house extension up to large residential developments.
Since merging our prospective practices in February of this year, we have been busy creating a website that reflects the character and principal of this new and exciting Architects practice.
Brightman Clarke Architects were formed when award winning Brightman Architects (Best House Extension Architectural Firm in Sheffield, Build Magazine 2016) merged with award shortlisted JCAD - Jonathan Clarke Architectural Design.
Both practices shared a common passion for modern contemporary design and sustainable architecture and have collaborated to enhanced the quality of our design and technical output.
As Brightman Architects were predominantly located in Sheffield, and JCAD in Chesterfield, this merge of the two businesses allows us to better serve a broader ranger of clients across South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire more effectively.
Since the practice was formed in February we have already begun working on an exclusive contemporary housing development in Chesterfield, as well as an exciting, highly sustainable new build home that will be designed to passivhaus standards, located in the open countryside.
We're also on site with a number of projects such as an intricate design to remodel and extend a home in Fulwood, Sheffield, whilst working on a planning application for a bespoke new build house in Hillsborough North Sheffield.
Other projects include the design of a new build home on Green Belt land in Holmesfield, South Sheffield, as well as many exciting house extensions across Sheffield, Chesterfield, Dronfield and Derbyshire.
We're really excited about the future of our new practice, which is continuing to grow as we gather more and more exciting projects.
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