Residential Architects Surrey



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AURA Architecture specialises in residential design, planning and home improvement projects across Surrey. Since 2014 we’ve been designing home extensions and refurbishments, loft conversions, basement conversions, and bespoke new build homes for our customers.


Our architects create simple, natural, light-filled spaces, that are energy-efficient, sustainable, and maximise your space. We can manage every aspect of the process for you including selecting and project managing the builder or main contractor.


We think about every aspect of a space when we prepare designs, making sure that we use the space carefully and creatively to create the home that you want.


We understand the local architecture requirements in all the main Surrey towns from Epsom in the northeast to Farnham in the west and everywhere in between.

Residential Architecture Projects In Surrey

Our 10-step design guide for Homeowners

Our design guide takes you through the architectural design process from start to finish.  It sets out all the stages from initial design through to completion and shows you how we can help at each step of the way.


Download our free 10-Step Home Design Guide here


The first step is to contact us using our online enquiry form where you can create a design brief online.


We then look at local policies and planning history and meet with you to explain any constraints you may need to be aware of.


After that, we provide a written fee proposal and help you budget for other costs. So that you can see how the project will look on completion, we produce three concept designs for you to choose from. These include floor plans, sketches, and can also include 3D images with our premium service.


You may require a planning application, to confirm that designs comply with all local planning regulation. We can complete this for you.

We also prepare all documents and drawings needed to show that the project complies with national Building Regulations.


To ensure the interior and finish of your space has a high-end finish that fully realises your plans, we provide a full Specification of Works covering interior design, finer finishes and fittings.


We also handle the tender process ensuring there is a range of competitive quotes from trusted suppliers for all work, and that contracts cover all critical information.


We monitor the build process, resolving any issues that arise and reporting back to you regularly.


At the end of this, the final stage is for you to ENJOY the space we’ve helped you create!


Or, for a more involved option, we offer a Concept Feasibility Package where we’ll meet you at your property, produce some concept designs and provide a Preliminary Cost Plan!

The Core Values At AURA are:

  • Honesty and integrity

  • Innovation and creativity

  • Attention to detail

  • Understanding and respecting people

  • Sustainability

The values underpin our vision which is to:

  • Maximise your home’s space, ensuring that it’s tailored to your needs

  • Make use of natural light to improve your sense of well being and your home’s airiness

  • Create designs that are clean and simple, but use dashes of colour and textures to create added interest

  • Create energy-efficient buildings by thinking sustainably

Costs of Architects in Surrey:

Unlike many architects and architectural designers, our fee structure is entirely transparent.


We charge a competitive fee for our services and advise that our full range of services (if used) will be around 8-12% of your total build costs.


Typical architects in Surrey charge between 11-15% of the construction value.


More comprehensive details of our fees are shown online here

Full Surrey Coverage

Woking Architect Services

In 2021 planning was refused for high-rise development in Woking centre, and we were interested to note one of the reasons put forward was a move away from tall housing blocks post-pandemic.


AURA’s experience in residential design uses natural light to create a sense of wellbeing and airiness, not a crowded dense over-development.

Guildford Architect Services

AURA offers architecture and interior design for Surrey’s 2nd largest town, including Guildford’s 13 conservation areas.  From major schemes such as 500+ new homes on former greenbelt land to simple extensions and loft conversions, this busy town demands what AURA does best – maximising your space and saving you precious time.

Walton-on Thames Architect Services

This historic market town on the south bank of the Thames has a settlement dating back to Celtic times, resulting in many period properties today, that bring our skilled architect team the challenge of extending sympathetically.  The team at AURA Architecture love creating clean, simple designs with splashes of interest and colour – for any property: both modern or heritage.

Planning in Surrey

How an Architecture firm can help

Planning permission for new houses or extensions in Surrey is currently handled by each of 11 local councils.


For example, if you live in:

  • Redhill, your planning authority will be Reigate & Banstead

  • Guildford, your planning authority will be Guildford

  • Woking, your planning authority will be Woking

  • Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge or Esher, your planning authority will be Elmbridge

  • Epsom, your planning authority will be Epsom & Ewell

  • Leatherhead, your planning authority will be Mole Valley

  • Camberley, your planning authority will be Surrey Heath


(a full list of all Surrey councils adjacent)


In theory, any architect can apply for permission from anywhere in the country, but there is much to be said for using a team that is already familiar with applications in Surrey.


Firstly, they know what to expect in performance, and can tell if a delay is typical or points to some problem. Secondly, they get to know the favourite concerns or solutions that are raised or accepted by the team – this can help you make choices at the start of the project, rather than waiting until a problem comes up, and time is wasted.


At AURA the creative design skill for your ideal home is blended with practical knowledge of how local planning authorities think, saving you valuable time and money.

Our Online Reviews

Scott Robertson
Scott Robertson
June 20, 2023
Professional, reliable, great to work with. Highly recommended if you are renovating your house.
Carina Isabel Lopes De Carvalho
Carina Isabel Lopes De Carvalho
May 2, 2023
It is a company of excellence
Emily Stuart
Emily Stuart
January 25, 2022
I used Aura for a side return and rear extension, and a renovation of my first floor bathroom. I wanted something unique and characterful, with lots of natural light. Aura really went above and beyond my expectations, creating me a space that truly is more than I could have imagined. From the initial consultation, where I felt immediately at ease with the team, to the transparency in their costings, all the way through the design process and project management, Aura have been consistently professional, communicative and flexible. It certainly hasn’t been an easy time for anyone in the industry, but Aura’s solution-first attitude and their adaptability made it so easy to work with them through lockdowns, supply chain challenges, pingdemics and everything in between. It was a true pleasure to work with the team - they really do their utmost to make the process as straightforward, simple and enjoyable as possible. I’d not hesitate to recommend Aura. They team are the perfect balance of creative and practical, imagination and solutions, to make whatever dream you have come to life.
Rob Birkin
Rob Birkin
November 18, 2021
February 9, 2021
I chose to use Aura based on their reviews in June 2020. At first it was a really good experience and I was impressed with their professionalisim. I received my drawings and wasn't completely happy with them. The 4 options I was given were all basically the same thing. They never came to my property to see the space or get a feel for where the light was coming in etc. The bathroom on the drawing didn't make sense as it was so small. (See below). The snug was also like a meter so again didn't make sense. I tried to escalate this to Ben, and I was offered another call but I had lost confidence in them. My neighbour was also doing work on her flat which is a similar layout and in contrast her drawings were really well thoughtout. In the end I had to pay again to get my drawings redone. (Attachment P&S - one example of my new drawings below - the more detailed drawings). I asked Aura for a partial refund as I never actually received a final drawing from them (despite paying for them) and they refused. It was just a disappointing and expensive experience.
Anthony Egan
Anthony Egan
May 22, 2020
I recently contacted Aura Homes Ltd to discuss a small development project. The project was unusual and a lot of factors needed to be taken into account due to the location, site surroundings and practicality of the proposal. I originally discussed it with Ben Richards who I found to be helpful, knowledgable and very accommodating in that he listened intently to give a fair assessment of feasibility. Iris Kouneni was assigned to me and met with me to thoroughly discuss and understand what my intentions were. Like Ben, she digested my layman’s view and proceeded to give me her professional opinion. Iris and Ben were an absolute delight to work with, professional, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and communicative to mention just a few of their qualities. Unfortunately due to the COVID19 lockdown we have had to shelve the project. It's been a pleasure to work with Aura Homes Ltd, refreshingly honest and professional. I look forward to working together with them in the future.
Brendan Quinn
Brendan Quinn
May 20, 2020
Thanks for reading this review. Ben is one of my monthly sponsors of the Property Events that I have run and also of the National Development Summit earlier in 2020. In a business setting I really appreciate Ben's support, particularly during COVid19- Ben had the option of pulling out of my events as a sponsor- as I have had to pivot- moving them online. Ben has continued to support these events as a sponsor, when he could have easily turned his back and moved on. Also at the National Development Summit 2020, Ben could see the effort I had put in to make the event, a great event, and himself and his team also equally put in huge effort. When you organise events, you ideally want things to go smoothly in terms of presenters turning up on time/before time, and with slides which are hassle free, and this Ben has done so. I have been to Ben's office several times and the staff have been really friendly. Ben's knowledge of working at Berkeley Homes, puts his company at a very high level.
Louise Hancock
Louise Hancock
April 13, 2020
Aura Homes is a highly professional firm of architects that always have the clients best interests at hart. The quality of their plans and drawings is superb and their turn-around when making amendments well within expected timelines. For bespoke projects, their research and recommendations (both in terms of quality and costs) is superb.
Harry Bucknell
Harry Bucknell
April 10, 2020
Couldn't recommend Ben and his team more. We were in a really tricky position with our building project and Ben navigated us safely out of it. Superb guidance, great technical knowledge and what I really valued the most was the communication. Always got back to me promptly which makes a real difference when stress levels are high. Thanks Aura!
Eugene Clarke
Eugene Clarke
April 9, 2020
The quality of work from Arua Architecture is to an excellent standard. We worked primarily with Ben and Gabby, they provide a friendly and professional service that minimised the worry and stresses associated with building projects. We hired Aura Architecture to assist us with our building project. We appointed them for the following work: - Regularisation on previous designs - Planning conditions discharge - Building regulation drawings - Detailed designs They came recommended from a Structural engineering company, and we were not disappointed.

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