We try to apply the same design principals to all projects. These are to maximise natural light as much as possible, create rational, sensible circulation through the spaces, hide structure wherever possible, maximum floor to ceiling heights, create adequate storage for the clients requirements and each project hopefully has its own individual personal “wow factor”.
Maximise Natural Light as much as possible
The most successful way to achieve this is with large light wells to the basement. We always consider the type, position and number of light wells in order to create the most successful spaces.
Rational, sensible circulation through the spaces
This requires careful consideration about the uses for the spaces, how we zone them and then how we position staircases into the basement.
Hiding structure wherever possible.
The hardest parts of the project are the structural works required to create a basement.
This is why we work with several different structural engineers and construction specialists. As we are architect led designers we do not like to see structural columns or piers jutting out into spaces. We like neat clean lines and this is a major thrust behind our success.
Floor to Ceiling Height
This very much depends on the clients budget. Anything between 2.6M and 3.5M is ideal.
No matter how big the house or the family almost every client comes us asking to allow for more storage. We are always seeking to design clever storage solutions into each project.
The Wow Factor.
Each project we undertake we get excited about the individual details that make that basement conversion unique. It is through good design that creates a lasting space precious to the individual owners.