About our studio

About our studio


Our Awesome Story

As a design company we work in all areas of home extension and commercial building design and we pride ourselves on services that allow our domestic and commercial clients to achieve their full design wishes.

Being a small but flexible design practice allows us to charge for our services either on a pre-agreed fixed cost or, for larger full service contracts, on a fee percentage.


Our Skills

Come from experience built over time and an understanding of our clients needs, sustainability is at the heart of our work and the need to create healthy living environments.

Understanding the National Planning Policy helps our decisions on a daily basis and this along with local planning policy, makes up the framework that we work within.


We consider gaining planning permission as part of the design process and approach it in much the same way i.e. obtain as much information, before making a decision. Assessing the feasibility of a project at the early stages can save a lot of time, money and disappointment. Because of this approach we have enjoyed a very high success rate in obtaining planning permission.

Clients tend to think that gaining planning permission is an adversarial process, this is a misconception, as in reality it is nothing more than aligning your project as closely as possible to the National and Local Planning rules and regulations, if this is achieved and coupled with good design,then it is likely the application will succeed.

The majority of planning applications are now submitted and paid for on-line through the Planning Portal and are distributed to your local planning authority from there.

Most building projects, require building control approval and this is where we can help, because we can provide a full set of building regulation drawings and specifications for any project.

These are the working drawings that your building contractor will require to build from and this ensures that they are working to current British building regulations standards.

These are also the drawings that the building control officer will use to inspect the building work, when doing the site inspections.

We recommend the use of LABC or Local Authority Building Control, they are competitive on price and completely independent. They will be working for you to make sure the builder or contractor’s work complies with all parts of the approved building regulations

Extending your home starts with a free, initial visit lasting approximately one hour, depending on the size of your project. …!

After the opening discussion to establish your requirements, we will produce sketched architectural design options, if required, working with you around your kitchen table.  This collaborative process aims to give you a design proposal by the end of the visit.  These drawings can form the basis of early discussion with planners, neighbours and even builders.

Having a down to earth pragmatic, functional approach.  With years of direct on site experience – meaning we can bridge the gap between paper based theory and practical on site building practice.  We work fast, meeting deadlines and guarantee that our advice is independent and given in good faith.

We are familiar with all aspects of the planning process, including the complexities of Listed Building applications, work in Conservation Areas the Building Regulations and the Party Wall Act.  We can also advise on sourcing of a suitable and reliable builder.


Visualisation is the use of rendered designs, used to show clients the produced design within a natural setting, these are produced using a variety of software programs like:-

  • AutoDesk Revit
  • AutoDesk 3D Max
  • Photoshop

The above image is a good example of a rendered visualisation.








Our Fantastic Team

Graham Kirkham

Founder/Director – Main Architectural Designer/Technician


Director Co-manager associated

Jon Yates

Main Software Analyst




Our Timeline

Drawings speak louder than words probably because the art of drawing and visual communication dates back to prehistoric times. Our timeline starts before the digital age when the use of pencil and paper was the norm.

But our focus is now firmly in the digital age with 3D and Building Information Modelling (B.I.M.) at the centre of our work.


Housing and Planning Act 2016

First time buyers policy giving discounts on new homes for first time buyers.



National Planning

New National Planning permitted development rules under Class A regarding domestic extensions, 3m deep for semi detached properties and 4m for detached properties.


National Planning Policy

Further updates to permitted development regarding

  1. Office to Residential
  2. Agricultural to Residential
  3. Shops to Residential