WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF GREEN BELT? The basic aim of Green Belt policy is to prevent urban sprawl across the countryside, retaining its ‘openness’ and landscape character. WHERE ARE THE GREEN BELTS IN THE UK? North West – Liverpool, Manchester, Morecambe South and West Yorkshire London Metropolitan These make up 12.4% of England’s land area. CAN YOU BUILD IN GREEN BELT? It is perfectly possible to build in Green Belt but there are strict rules dictated by Central Government and Local Planning Authorities. CAN I EXTEND MY HOUSE IN GREEN BELT? Yes, you can.  The National Planning Policy Framework… Read more


Floor Plans A floor plan is essentially a slice through a building level viewed from above. It is to scale and shows the buildings internal arrangement.  It shows the relationship between rooms, as well as any other physical features at that level of the structure. The level of detail on the floor plan would depend on the stage of the project. Each floor level of the building requires its own plan and the standard level it is taken from is 1.2m from the floor level. Anything below or above this point is dotted or dashed, for example a low level… Read more


How to Live Mortgage Free with Sarah Beeny can now be streamed on Netflix and we were delighted to see one of our designs appear in Episode 6. Check out the whole series on Netflix If you’d like to see more of the The Hunt House, click here to visit our project page.

Do I Need a Chartered Architect? A Step by Step Guide

Most of us have seen Grand Designs on channel 4 where an Architect is rarely seen or heard and commonly the project goes into freefall with costs and timescales spiralling out of control. Well, there is a good reason for this. Self-builders who are on a tight budget often think that using an Architect is an expensive exercise and question “Why do I need an Architect, I’m sure that I could design and project manage the project myself, how hard can it be?” Well, the answer is that it is much harder than you think and there is very good… Read more

How to Become an Architect in the UK

Many people will be wanting to know some of the ways in which it is possible to become an architect here in the UK. Those still at school will be looking to find the best route into a subject they have developed an awareness and interest for, whilst perhaps enjoying a variety of creative and academic subjects at GCSE and A Level. Following successful completion of A Level education, the most commonly accepted route into architecture can be outlined in the following steps. Step one – Undergraduate Degree You need to study an undergraduate degree from a Royal Institute of… Read more