Once notices have been served your nextdoor neighbours have 14 days in which to respond to them. Under the previous 1935 act if you did not hear back from them they were deemed to have consented to the works and you could proceed. However, under the 1996 act this situation has reversed with the effect that if you now do not hear within the statutory time period they are deemed to have dissented. The effect of dissenting under the act means that there is a dispute which must be resolved by external surveyors as the act says you are not allowed to do this yourself. The two disputing parties would either then appoint their own individual surveyors or they would consent in the appointment of a joint agreed surveyor who would act for both parties. The Building Owner need to be aware that he/she is responsible for the surveyors costs being the party that is undertaking the works. The duty of the surveyors is to resolve the dispute by producing a Party Wall award which would deal with such matters as how the works are carried out, access arrangements and for example timing. Building Owners are warned to watch out for surveying companies who trawl the planning register and write to the nextdoor neighbours seeking appointment at an early stage before you have even had a chance to discuss the proposals with your neighbours. For this reason it is always beneficial to make the neighbours aware that you are putting […]
INTRODUCTION I have always had interest in Gothic architecture and have always been very impressed by the stone masonry work in churches and cathedrals. My family are well aware that every time we drive walk past a Gothic cathedral I’m going to have to stop and going to have a look at how it’s been built and in particular admire the stone tracery to the Windows The Quatrefoils shape is the four leafed clover window and can often be seen at the top of a Gothic arch filled with stained glass. It’s a Christian and Islamic symbol the word deriving from the Latin and comes from “quattour” or four and “folium” or leaves. My uncle also lives in a road called Trefoil Drive and which is the three leafed clover window so I suppose it been around me in some form for most of my life. It is often quite interesting trying to spell the company name down the telephone to someone and it is at times like this that one tends to think that maybe I should’ve called the company ABC Surveyors but I’m sure it’s been done before. I often have a number of discussions with people as to exactly how to pronounce the name of the company and its one of those terms like scones or tomatoes where everybody has a slightly different view. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER SERVICE OF NOTICE ? A party Wall award can often be required when you undertake construction works either on […]
One of my friends just bought a new property and he wanted to turn it into his new home. He had no knowledge with interior or exterior design, so he decided to arrange a consultation with modern residential architects; he explained what he expected from them and, as he was convinced by the free architect advice he received, he decided to choose one of them. Usually speaking, it is not easy to meet the very best of roofers in Chelsea. And my friend wanted to work only with the finest experts. For him, like for most of us, buying new house is a very important decision, and he wanted to make it his real home, for the rest of his life. It was a place where he planned to grow old and create unforgettable memories. The first meeting went really well and the free architect advice, which included general design ideas and basic advice, came out to be very useful. My friend had some ideas and expectations but a number of elements connected with interior and exterior design he had to consider really surprised him. He expected perfect solutions for he worked with carefully chosen, top London architects, and at the end he eventually obtained what he wanted. Those modern residential architects, most of them recommended by friends and associates, had shown a great sense of initiative and professionalism. He had chosen three of them and asked for projects. While talking to them he felt that they were on the same wave length, so he […]
Apartment – Eaton Square The slogan of the design was “happiness is here to stay” therefore the design tried to mirror this statement. White surfaces and lot of natural lighting is making the space looking larger and it reflects all modern living requirements in a smaller space. Apartment – Eaton Square 2 The living and the dining areas are occupying as little space as possible, so the room is not heavily furnished and it can “breath”. The only bright color element is the sofa that works as a focal point for the visitors. Apartment – St. James Park Colors’ contrast is the basis for the design of the bathroom. From black shiny tiles in the shower area to slick white surfaces for the rest of the bathroom. A glass wall separates the two, so to enhance the difference. Apartment – Kensington Park Rd A Big mirror has extended on the full length of the wall, making the impression the room is double the size. Minimalistic design and large storage areas are adding a more luxurious and elegant look. Studio – Earls Court Studio in the central London. Stone floors and white walls are creating a big color contrast, while the reflected floor is enhancing the luxurious style. Less in number but very comfortable furniture was part the client’s brief. Apartment – Moscow Rd En- suite bathroom and bedroom in white color. The two rooms have been separated by a glass wall with a long floor to ceiling white curtain. Unusual […]
Penthouse – Belgravia Fluidity of forms, elegance, luxury and big antagonism between the colors of the living room. The floor and part of the ceiling has kept black to enhance the difference of the interior architecture. All the corners on the rooms are curved, including the opening on the walls – so all the organic forms can work in harmony. The same painting has been used for the living and dining area, while the blue and yellow are “marrying” the monotone colors of the walls. [embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt4cWni3wQg[/embedyt] Penthouse – Holborn The big feature on this design is the ceiling. The organic form ceiling, is giving a unique identity to the room. The lighting is hidden behind the ceiling, so to keep it clean. All the furniture are art-deco in order to enhance the difference between the organic and the more square shape forms. The high ceiling is making the space look big and phantasmagorical. From architect in london
[embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91rtsM1RESk[/embedyt] A side extension of an existing bedroom with a new en-suite bathroom and access to the garden. The roof has kept half transparent and half semi-transparent for maximising the natural lighting. The structure of the roof is visible from the outside – giving a contemporary yet traditional feeling
Real estate aerial photography services are now delivered by camera drones (or “quadcopters”, as they are also known). Recent advances in camera, flight and battery technologies mean that those UAVs are now capable of achieving footage at a quality comparable to that achieved by manned aircraft. Combined with the fact that UAVs can be used closer to the ground and nearer to people than manned aircraft, this means that they are becoming an incredibly adaptable tool for filmmakers across a wide variety of genres. Originally, those drones were used to record videos and take pictures of roofs, to make sure that their condition was good, and to detect at a lower cost any difficulty that may appear (leak, severe foam, broken tiles…) without having to send someone to physically climb onto the roof (which is pretty inconvenient when the buildings are two storey mansions or other tall buildings). But drones for aerial photography can also appear as a really inexpensive and convenient way to publicize a mass celebration (such as a marriage, a religious gathering, or a mass demonstration), or a large property such as a mansion or a newly-built building. In particluar, those services can be useful to market real estate properties or for architect firm in London. To publicise a luxurious property, such as, for instance, a large mansion with a garden,it is quite spectacular to use nice aerial shots taken from a light, highly manageable quadcopter. With this original technique, it can be useful to please customers […]
Renovation of an existing house in Islington. The client brief was to design a formal and an informal living room with a proposed conservatory. The informal living area has been designed with a signature shape library on the wall. The kitchen island is on a straight line with the tv set on the wall, giving the kitchen a focal point. The project is a real time proof that the size is not a design constrain.
Villa – Surrey 1 The villa in Surrey is very well hidden from the public road. While the height has kept low, the forms are slightly curved, to make the villa part of the natural surrounding. The canopy and the first floor roof are matching the lines of the neighbouring environment. The timber decking outside is ideal for summer activities, while the big bi-folding doors are bringing the outside landscape into the house. [embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYL1wDdyjBI[/embedyt] Villa – Surrey 2 Master bedroom of the villa in Surrey. The bed is next to a large window with direct views to the garden. The mirror on the ceiling is transforming the room, making an already big room looking colossal. The predominant color is deep red with shiny finishes, which adds into room powerful character. From architect in london
Wandsworth Common – kitchen area The dining area is part of the kitchen, in this luxurious apartment. The material of the back-splash and the kitchen island has a unique pattern that illuminates the interior architecture. Wandsworth Common – sitting area A few steps down is an informal sitting area. The sitting area is at the same level as the garden. The architectural design involving bi-folding doors and roof lights bring plenty of light into the room. Wandsworth Common – sitting area 2 The focal point of the room is a large fire place, opposite the big sofa. A big tv set is standing on top of the fire place. The room is cosy and stylise with lovely views towards the garden.