How often do you hear homeowners bemoan that “our house would be so much better if it had more light” or “our family is growing but we can’t afford to move, we need more space!“.
For many homeowners you don’t need to move to get those things, you can just improve. And that’s where a home improvement architect comes in.
Hampshire architect Carl Leroy-Smith has been doing just that for over 15 years. He works closely with homeowners to design and improve their home.
Carl says: “In essence, I enjoy helping people improve their lives, because where we live can have an enormous impact on our happiness.”
Home Improvement in Hampshire
Carl has helped transform homes across Hampshire – whether in the South Downs, a converted Georgian Townhouse in Portsmouth, or a new-build property on the south coast.
He offers a three stage process to any home improvement architectural project. Each stage puts in place the various applications and consents required by the authorities, along with keeping an eye on budget and deadlines.
1. Design and planning
Carl produces a set of drawings of the existing house, bungalow or apartment and then offers initial design suggestions. The drawings, along with reports and forms are then submitted to the local planning department.
2. Detailed design
Once planning consent (or listed building consent) is in place, he begins creating a more detailed design along with the specification required of the project including what materials to use and building regulation requirements.
3. Builders’ quotes and construction
The final stage, Carl gets the necessary quotes from builders and then supervises the works first-hand to keep an eye on costs and administration of the contract.