Architecture is a general term to describe buildings and other physical structures. The art and science of designing buildings and (some) nonbuilding structures. The style of design and method of construction of buildings and other physical structures. A unifying or coherent form or structure.
The distinction between architecture and construction is that architecture is the art and science of designing and managing the construction of buildings and other structures, particularly if they are well proportioned and decorated, while construction is the process of constructing.
Architecture and construction workers work on buildings and other structures. This includes highways, bridges, houses, and buildings.
Some architecture and construction workers do skilled trades, like carpentry, painting, or plumbing.
House Extension Architecture
Elite Builders are focused on improving homes with spacious, contemporary extension projects across London and beyond. Through our bespoke architecture service, we tackle projects of every scale and complexity, from modest single-storey extensions to side-return extensions projects, basement extensions, loft extensions and rear house extensions projects.
Our highly skilled architects can take you step-by-step through the challenge of building a house extension. We’ll collaborate closely with you from the initial drawings, detail design and planning, guiding you through the tender and construction process and completing your house extension on time and on budget.
Loft Conversion Architecture
Architectural drawings aren’t a requirement for all loft conversions, but for some they will be essential. If you are undertaking these types of loft conversions – Flat roof dormer; Mansard; Hip to gable – we recommend getting an architect on board. That’s because these loft conversions require additions to your roof, often in the name of increasing space and head height. Projects that change the exterior appearance of your home come under stricter planning scrutiny, so you’ll need someone to design your space who has an understanding of both planning, and experience in creating approved structures in the past.
Alongside this, these loft conversion types require a greater cash investment. So if you’re looking to recoup these costs in the eventual resale, you’ll want a quality design that’s going to secure the best price for your home.
Basement Conversion Architecture
Converting your basement is one way in which you can make good use of unused space that already exists within your home. Through creative and efficient design I can help you extend your living space into your basement.
Extending your home underground raises some technical issues not faced when building above ground. The walls and floor will need to be a ‘structural box’ to retain the ground and water pressure behind them and you may need to underpin the existing foundations. The walls and floor should be well insulated and you must prevent moisture from entering the new rooms. A cavity membrane system inside the ‘structural box’ with a pump or gravity drainage will take away any water that seeps through the ‘structural box’. A cavity membrane system is generally considered to be one of the best basement waterproofing solutions.
In developing proposals for your basement, we will create space that works for you, that maximises light and ventilation and that feels part of your home.
If you are considering creating a separate flat in your basement or you already live in a flat you will need planning approval. Your Local Authority will have planning policies on the subdivision of properties in your area. We can request pre-application advice on your proposals, submit the planning application on your behalf and obtain building regulation approval.
Dormer Windows Architecture
In architecture, a dormer is a vertical window that projects from a sloping roof and usually illuminates a bedroom. The term derives from the Latin dormitorium, “sleeping room.” Dormers are set either on the face of the wall or high upon the roof, and their roofs may be gabled, hipped, flat, or with one slope.
New Builds Architecture
A new build house design is a popular dream project, yet mistakes can be costly if the architect is not experienced with new house plans or too junior to pay due diligence to the details. This can be helped by getting an architectural design from an architecture practice who also has planning consultants in-house. You may be hoping to build a new home on a narrow side plot, creating an interesting challenge for the architectural designer. Or you may wish to level and replace an old-fashioned bungalow. In doing so, you are giving the architect a chance to devise a contemporary scheme which matches or tastefully contrasts its surroundings.
Sash Windows Architecture
A sash window or a hung sash window is composed of one or more “sashes” or movable frames. Traditionally, the individual sashes are paned windows, but may now have a single sheet of glass (or sheets, in the case of double glazing).
In the United Kingdom, the word “sash windows” is used interchangeably with the term “box sash windows” and is sometimes used to mean the same thing. Box sash windows are traditionally heavier in nature and more stately than modern sash windows, but when referring to the same type of window, both terms are used within the industry.
The weight of the glazed panel is normally balanced by a heavy steel, lead, or cast-iron sash weight or counter-weight hidden inside the window frame to allow operation. A braided cotton sash rope, or a chain, that runs over a pulley at the top of the frame connects the sash weight to the window, although spring balances are sometimes used. Repairing a broken cord requires parts of the window frame to be disassembled.
Sash windows can be equipped with simplex hinges, enabling the window to be locked into hinges on one side while separating the counterbalance on the other side, allowing the window to be opened for cleaning or escape.
Masonry, the art and design of stone, clay, brick, or concrete block construction and fabrication. Masonry is also also known for the building of poured concrete, reinforced or unreinforced.
In the western world, conventional unreinforced masonry architecture has vanished from new construction activity. Nevertheless, it is important to uphold the architectural heritage of masonry, and this requires structural analysis. With uncertain boundary conditions, the classical theory of structures does not apply well to such heterogeneous structures. There is, however, a masonry structure theory based on basic material assumptions: strong compressive strength, almost no tensile strength, and constructive care to prevent sliding failure.
Structural Works Architecture
Elite Builders brings together nearly twenty years of engineering, architectural, structural works and construction experience. We carry out all types of structural works, such as basements, removing load bearing walls, propping and underpinning. If you require structural engineer’s drawings we are able to refer you to known and trusted engineers that we have worked with in the past.
Our company undertakes a wide variety of work and scale. The residential work includes but is not limited to lintels, beams, structural openings, loft conversions, roofs, extensions, basements, underpinning and foundations of all types. Within the last three years we have successfully carried out over 20 (edit accordingly) extensions, conversions, many with new basements under existing houses which have involved the use of underpinning to release valuable space with the vast majority of these containing light wells.
We are still working and quoting throughout this period using safe social distancing advice. We can quote from existing surveys or from photos or virtual guided tour if preferred. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.