Why you should realise your property ambitions with a chartered architect…

Looking to improve your home? Or maybe you want to build your own? Do you have a commercial project you need to get past planning and make a reality? Your first job should be to speak to a chartered architect. Architects are professional problem-solvers. They know what’s possible with the space you have, and will use imagination and expertise to make the most of it. An architect will stretch what can be achieved with your budget. The result of their work will be a successful commercial project, or an improved lifestyle and a sound, life-long investment. Matthew Jones Architects does this with a service that extends well beyond a set of drawings. We handle planning and paperwork, and professionally manage the project on your behalf. That’s how we bring value for money and peace of mind to our customers. It’s our job to help you realise your ambitions and guide you through the design and construction process. Our work is amongst the best in the country. It includes projects of all sizes, from domestic extensions and alterations, loft conversions, remodelled homes, barns and chapel conversions, bespoke house design, student accommodation, eco design, grant-aided projects and lease plans. We are on the RIBA Conservation Register and have extensive experience working sensitively with Listed Buildings, conservation and restoration projects. Costing a small fraction of your project, employing Matthew Jones Architects is money wisely spent. Here’s why: •          We are trained to see the bigger picture and consider ideas you may not think of •          We can help you find and win property improvement grants you may not be aware of •         ...

Swn y Mor Demolition and Rebuild

Location: Great Orme, exposed limestone slope facing west to the sea Site: Swn y Mor, a dilapidated and outdated bungalow built around the 1800s The brief: The building was handed down to a family member who wanted to redeleop the site on the basis that the existing refurbishment costs to bring it up to modern standards would be prohibitive The opportunity: The site commands outstanding panoramic views over the Irish Sea. The slope creates its own challenges, yet such sites often lend themselves to a sustainable design solution that will stand the test of time. The main planning considerations are the effect of the proposed development upon the character and appearance of the area. The proposal: Demolition of the existing bungalow and construction of a new modern, two-storey detached family dwelling. The design incorporates a new improved parking area and garage built in to the site at the lower entrance level. In keeping with the demolished structure, the new building is organic in nature with distinct blocks set at slightly different angles. It steps back to account for the slope of the land. Primary living spaces such as living and kitchen/dining areas are on the upper level, accessed from a sweeping staircase in the hallway which acts as the central hub of the house. The bed spaces are on the lower level, accessed via a central corridor off the central hall. Using the slope of the land, the upper level can be accessed via extensive, decked roof terraces. Bi fold/sliding doors open out on to the terraces to create a physical connection between outside and inside space. Benefits: The...

Welcome to Architect in the House 2013!

Is there something you’d like to change about your home? From solving the (never-ending) problem of storage, to knocking down a wall or adding an extension – most of us have something we’d love to improve. Knowing where to start can be tricky. But Architect in the House, brought to you by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Shelter, provides an exciting answer – and taking part is brilliantly easy. Once you’ve registered you’ll be matched with a local RIBA chartered architect. They’ll arrange to visit you to discuss your project, and find the best way to solve your style, space or light dilemmas. And if you feel like giving something back, you can make a donation to Shelter. £45 is the suggested amount – enough to help at least two homeless families find a home this year. You can find lots of inspiration in our gallery, and find out more about how the scheme works in our homeowners’ section. Ready to take the first step? Register here. Happy...

Modern student accommodation to transform derelict eyesore

Location: Street on the edge of Wrexham town centre, near the shopping centre Site: A 2.5-hectare site with two buildings, a former nightclub and a motor retail parts and accessories business The brief: Design a new build modern 21st century student accommodation complex to replace the existing run down dilapidated buildings that currently sit on the site. The opportunity: The nightclub building, formerly known as Scott’s, has fallen into a state of disrepair and along with its neighbours, offers little to the street scene. It has become an eyesore to many. The nightclub building also contains dangerous asbestos. The sooner planning can be achieved to replace the existing buildings and bring the full site back into economic use, the better. Here is an opportunity to stitch back together this peripheral locality of Wrexham town centre with a robust and strong piece of urban design. The proposal: Demolition of the existing structures, site clearance, and the construction of a new, modern student accommodation scheme. It comprises two blocks of three-storey student apartments, providing a total of 21 cluster-type flats to give a total of 107 bed spaces. It is built over an undercroft parking area with a total of 54 spaces. The redesigned site also includes outdoor spaces, with open courtyards providing sheltered, sunny outdoor places and improved visual appeal from inside the building. In terms of materials, we have utilised a blend of more contemporary materials of crisp white render, quartz zinc and random coloured powder coated metal panels. Benefits: The new design seeks to rejuvenate this part of Wrexham with a contemporary yet functional urban gateway site. It...