About Shape Architecture Barnes

Why Choose Shape Architecture as Architects in Barnes?

Shape Architecture is a Chartered RIBA Practice and has completed many private residential projects throughout London of all types and sizes, ranging from extensions and loft conversions to pod rooms and basement conversions.

Basements in Barnes

Shape Architecture has experience building basements across London in many different types of locations ranging from Conservation Areas to Mews and Cul-de-Sacs, and we have obtained planning permission for both single and double basement extensions. Given the technical complexity of a basement conversion it is important to engage consultants with a proven expertise, and we work closely with all consultants to ensure the success of our architecture. Barnes basements offer many possibilities for your property, from the addition of utility and storage space to the creation of a new master bedroom or separate self-contained living arrangements.

Architects in Barnes

We have significant expertise in private residential projects, including Barnes, with many projects situated across many London boroughs. As Architects in Barnes, our projects emphasise light and space with contemporary styling. Our projects range from small side and rear extensions right up to large full house refurbishments and basement projects, and as your Barnes architects we will work with you to optimise the quality of your living space, and with our extensive portfolio of previous projects across London, we can illustrate a wide variety of design issues and how to deal with them.

Loft Conversions

We have designed and built many Loft Conversions throughout London and understand how to form these projects effectively and efficiently as your architect. Barnes features a lot of loft conversions already, and there are plenty of places to look for inspiration. These projects can be a great way to add space to the top of your property, and through a combination or selection of dormer extensions, mansard conversions, and hip-to-gable extensions a significant amount of living space can be created, perfect for a master bedroom and an en suite bathroom. Juliette balconies are also a great way to add natural light to a loft conversion, as well as creating a striking feature.

Side and Rear Extensions in Barnes

As architects in Barnes we have worked on very many extensions, from side and rear to wrap around extensions, either as projects in their own right or as a part of larger projects. These extension projects have the opportunity to add valuable additional floor space to your Barnes extension, and allow us to create an enhanced visual and physical connection between the inside and outside and to bring more daylight into the interior through various rooflights. We have significant experience of the various permutations of these extensions, and have a good knowledge of how best to realise the potential of an extension both internally and externally speaking. Speaking as architects, Barnes offers a lot of possibilities that we can be excited about.

Architecture in Barnes: Basements Filled with Light

With the great deal of basement projects that we are retained on as Barnes architects we have a great many techniques for getting light into your property that we can call on as architects. Barnes properties already refurbished show that one such method is the installation of light wells at either the front, rear, or in the middle of the property, that are often combined with a glazed or transparent bridge across them. This not only creates an interesting access feature between different parts of the property, but also brings light and a sense of openness into the basement rooms, even at lower level. Creating a feature staircase is another fine way of creating a full-height light well when placed into these voids, and thus we are able to find ways to draw light into all storeys of the property from the very top of the building, particularly when they can be used as an attractive focal point for the project.

Full House Refurbishment in Balham
Extensions to Listed Buildings

Working as architects in Barnes we have lots of experience both extending and refurbishing grade 2 listed buildings. One such project at a Grade II Listed property saw us make the rooms bigger and improve the quality of light and space throughout. Another project saw us making external extensions to a listed public house, creating a spacious and light-filled first floor flat above the pub as a result. We are able to obtain planning permissions to extend listed buildings in a contemporary manner, and also to open up the spaces to create simple and elegant light filled spaces.

Work in Conservation Areas

We have been successful in obtaining planning permissions for a wide variety of projects in Conservation Areas, ranging from new apartments to double basements and smaller extension and refurbishment projects, and we would be delighted to help you create your dream property in one such area as your architect. Barnes features many Conservation Areas, from Barnes Green, to Barnes Common.

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Shape Architecture Offer a Free Consultation at Your Property

Telephone: +44 (0) 203 7706360
Email: london@shapearchitecture.co.uk

Pod Rooms

As with Loft Conversions we have undertaken many Pod Room extensions either as part of a larger project or as smaller projects in their own right. When used in conjunction with a loft extension these pod rooms in Barnes can add a significant amount of space, either for walk-in wardrobes or en suite bathrooms. Rooflights and dormer windows bring light into the space, and access can be provided into the low-level storage under the eaves.

Architect in Barnes: New Apartment Buildings

At Shape Architecture we have designed and built a number of new apartment buildings in London. These have often been in prominent locations such as our project for nine new flats in Herne Hill, which sat on a corner site between a Victorian terrace on one side and a large post war social housing building on the other.

Architecture in Barnes: New Houses

We have also designed a number of new houses across London in a variety of locations ranging from tight urban settings with a history of refused planning permissions to new Eco Houses in green settings.


Contemporary Barnes Architecture

In all of our projects, the aim is to produce a high quality contemporary finish. With all of our work, but especially with private residential projects and as architects in Barnes and Greater London, Shape Architecture prides itself on exquisite and meticulous detailing, as well as extensively catering for our clients’ requirements. As well as being beautifully detailed, our designs are inventive. In one extension project, many of the brick elevations in the kitchen were left exposed, with sockets and switches for appliances placed directly into the brickwork. This was especially striking when combined with high gloss white units and an abundance of natural light. Alongside this, a breakfast bar and a blackboard paint wall was introduced to make the space an area for all the family, a highly successful design that our clients were delighted with, and that exemplifies the attention to detail exhibited in our projects working as Barnes architects.

Barnes Architects: Architectural Visualisations and Light Studies

Shape Architecture will work with you at all times to tailor the design for you to suit your needs. We always explore designs in three dimensions, using 3D modelling to help explain proposals and concepts. From this modelling we can create visualisations that not only give you insightful perspective views of your design but also can be used to create light studies, showing the way light interacts within your building, and allowing us to elevate the levels of light in your property. We use 3D modelling techniques for the vast majority of our projects in order to communicate effectively and clearly with both clients and contractors. These models are useful for the design process in many ways, providing an excellent opportunity to produce interesting images through which the client can engage with the project. This in turn is important for our client relationship. Such images can quickly and clearly give an impression of the proposed design that drawings and words alone cannot always convey, and they are a good way of understanding the use of space and sense of light in a scheme, both factors that are important to Shape Architecture’s design philosophy.

Queens Terrace Basement
Free Initial Consultation and Competitive Fixed Fees

If you are considering a residential project like a new basement or extension in Barnes then we will happily make a visit to discuss your project with you and run through our portfolio of projects.  There is no charge for this initial visit.

Our professional fees are competitive, offered as a fixed lump sum, and are clearly broken down into each stage of the project. Our fees are fixed and will not vary unless the scope of the project changes markedly. In our appointment letter we will confirm the breakdown of the fees in respect of each key stage, from survey and planning to technical information, tender creation, and on-site work. We always tailor our service to meet our clients requirements, and we understand Barnes architecture.

Our Fees are a Fixed Lump Sum

Our portfolio includes a large range of projects of various sizes

Suffolk Road, Barnes, London

This London Basement is set largely below the existing rear garden and in part below a rear ground floor extension. It follows another Barnes basement project at Nassau Road where we also secured planning permission for a below garden basement. In each instance it is the location of the lightwell that is key in bringing light and ventilation into the basement and acting as the heart of a light filled basement extension. Our client had asked how to bring light into the basement and we were able to illustrate through a series of computer models that a central lightwell acting as a small courtyard garden at basement level would provide a great deal of light and a sense of openness at basement level. Several glass panels set in the paving above also reinforced the amount of daylight brought into the basement.

Basement and rear extension in South West London

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Shape Architecture have been involved in our residential basement conversion project from inception right through to the final stages. We have been very impressed by their continual professionalism and dedication to the project. They have been supportive to us, as clients, throughout the project and have always been responsive to what was needed at the different stages. The level of service received has been very personal and we have felt that we were a priority throughout. We would thoroughly recommend Shape Architecture to others

Mrs Emma Vassallo and Mr Hans Enssle, Clients

Recommended Barnes Architects

A great deal of Shape Architecture’s work has been through the recommendations of our previous clients. We work hard to liaise clearly and frequently with the client so we can strive towards creating beautiful and functional living spaces, and this attention to detail and desire to create enjoyable places to live ensures that we can be proud of the number of projects we are approached for based on client recommendation, and we are delighted to be able to call ourselves a recommended architect in Barnes.

We are always happy to meet with a client for an initial free consultation.

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