Architect for lost extension and side return

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peter.johnson
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Architect for lost extension and side return

Postby peter.johnson » Sat Oct 24, 2020 4:21 pm

I have decided to get a loft extension and side return for the house I live in in Balham.    I have been there for over 20 years but never got round to it I am in one of the roads near the Devonshire pub

There was a number of recomendations for architects a year and a half ago her I will check those out but I am after any more recent recomendations.
 
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Re: Architect for lost extension and side return

Postby peter.johnson » Sat Oct 24, 2020 6:36 pm

Appologies clearly loft not lost
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Postby Lepresidente » Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:25 pm

Hi we used Studio Werc , two chaps who live in Balham . We designed all the plans and went all the way through planning and building control with them . Rob is a great chap , give him a ring . We ended up selling our house with planning as wanted to move location and we sold before the recent price crash ( the SW housing market is dead & prices are falling day on day ) . Anyway really nice chaps and good architects plus reasonably priced . We tendered a few architects , so I know what it costs and Studio werc were’nt the cheapest but middle range . Plus when we sold our house they reduced our final bill as we weren’t going ahead with the work - a sign of an honest contractor.

www studiowerc com
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Re: Architect for lost extension and side return

Postby peter.johnson » Sun Oct 25, 2020 12:15 pm

I sent a quick email to them , I just noticed you are very bearish on house prices.

I am not looking to buy but I thought that the initial concensis was prices would fall but the recent indices have been at an all time high?   I only have a passive interest in the subject as I do not intend to sell or buy in the near future
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Re: Architect for lost extension and side return

Postby SouthLondonDaddy » Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:36 pm

I can strongly recommend these local architects: http://www.simbiosiarchitects.com/index.php/en/

As for house prices, it's anyone's guess, really.

There has been a lot of interest over the last few months for all kinds of properties with an outside space. Flats with no garden have been much harder to sell. This additional interest is not anecdotal: many banks have hiked interest rates because they couldn't keep up with the demand for mortgages (the Financial Times a few days ago).

However, some, including me, think this is driven by the closure of the real estate market during lockdown, the interest in a garden/bigger space after lockdown, and the stamp duty holiday. 

Next year, when the stamp duty holiday ends, when Brexit starts to bite, with possibly way more redundancies because of all of this and the end of furlough, it may well be a very different story.

I would definitely not buy a house now but of course I fully get it that lots of people disagree.

Also remember that, if you are not buying an additional property as an investment but as a place to live, the alternative you need to compare it to is renting; over long enough periods of time, buying tends to be cheaper than renting even if house prices stay flat or go down a bit. If you sell a big house after only 2 years, even if prices have stayed flat, chances are you won't recover all the fixed costs (stamp duty, legal fees, some renovation, etc.)

 
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