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Architects In Twickenham
Award-Winning Architecture FirmAs a London-based architecture firm, AURA have a wealth of experience in creating the extra space you need, in spite of London’s high housing density. And whilst the Richmond borough is known to be one of the toughest areas for planning permission in the whole of London, our Twickenham architects are able to creatively design extensions, loft conversion, refurbishments, and new build developments that both meet planning regulations and fulfil your desires. We will work with the planners at richmond.gov.uk on your behalf, to ensure a smooth, speedy, and hassle-free planning application. Contact us today and experience the artistry of our award-winning architecture firsthand.
Things To Consider When Selecting An Architect In Twickenham
Reviews And AwardsWhen browsing architecture firm websites, it can be challenging to gauge the actual experience you’ll have throughout your project. However, gaining insights from independent reviews by past clients and recognizing architectural accolades can provide a clearer picture. AURA Architecture boasts an impressive track record with over 16 Google reviews and 12 reviews on Houzz, highlighting the satisfaction of our clients. In 2019, our dedication and expertise were recognized by Build Magazine, as we were honoured with two prestigious awards. We were voted as the “Most Trusted Residential Architecture Firm” and acknowledged for our exceptional work in the “Best Small Scale Extension and Refurbishment Project.” These accolades serve as a testament to our commitment to delivering outstanding results and exceeding expectations.
Architect FeesOpting for the lowest price when selecting an architecture firm is often not a wise decision. Your home holds significant value, and the architect you choose can greatly impact its resale value. Moreover, the dissatisfaction of an end result that falls short of your dream home can persist for years, long after any initial cost savings have been forgotten. In Hertfordshire, typical architecture firm fees range from 8% to 16% of the total project cost. However, at AURA, we believe that charging fees based on a percentage of the project cost does not prioritise our client’s best interests. Such an approach may incentivise architects to include unnecessary and expensive features, rather than focusing on what truly benefits you. Instead, we offer fixed fees that are agreed upon upfront, ensuring transparency and eliminating hidden costs. To facilitate fee comparisons with other architects, we estimate that our fees will be approximately 8% to 12% of your total build costs when utilizing our comprehensive range of services.
Residential Architecture Project Near Twickenham
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June 20, 2023
Professional, reliable, great to work with. Highly recommended if you are renovating your house.
Carina Isabel Lopes De Carvalho
May 2, 2023
It is a company of excellence
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Types Of Projects We Have Completed
House Extensions In TwickenhamHiring a high-end residential architect to design your extension is an essential step for all but the simplest of small-scale projects, assuming you want to maximise space, and maximise the value of your home, leaving no details overlooked. A good architect will take care of the needed building regulations, planning permission application, and will take the hassle out of selecting contractors and monitoring the project through to completion. AURA has experience with side return extensions, rangeries and conservatories, infill extensions, single, double and multi-storey extensions, wrap-around extensions, kitchen extensions, and more! Contact the helpful architects at AURA to discuss the layout of your property, and find out what is possible. After an initial design consultation, we will come up with 3 concepts for you to consider. Submit an enquiry online today to get started.
New Build Housing Projects In TwickenhamTo learn how to maximise the ROI value on a new build residential project, see our property developers blog post. If you feel that knocking your house flat and starting afresh with a complete new build is the best way forwards, you may be interested to view this recent new build project or view the full range of home-owner projects here. Of course, if you’re not sure whether a complete new build is best, or whether a full house refurbishment and/or extension might be a better option, please contact us to discuss and we’ll gladly help you assess the best option. Depending on the planning restrictions in your area of Twickenham, a complete new build may not be an option that is open to you, but with our in-depth knowledge of the local areas and conservation zones, we can advise you on this. Twickenham planning is controlled by Richmond Borough Council, who can be notoriously difficult to work with. Fortunately, our Richmond architect team have plenty of experience and will work proactively on your behalf to obtain the planning permission that you need.
Kitchen Extensions In TwickenhamThe kitchen is often regarded as the heart of the home, and rightly so. Modern homes increasingly blend dining and socialising and relaxing space into the traditional kitchen area. There is a definite trend towards larger, multi-functional kitchens, and so a kitchen extension is a top desire for many owners of London homeowners, especially those with older or period-style properties, which typically have small kitchens. Even if you’re the type that prefers peace and quiet while you cook, and don’t want an open-plan style kitchen, there are still more considerations to accommodate in a kitchen design than any other room of the house, so this area deserves the most attention from your chosen architect. Take a look at one of our recent kitchen extension projects, or view our helpful blog post on the subject – your guide to kitchen extensions.
Full Home Refurbishments In TwickenhamMaybe your home interior is getting dated or tired, or maybe you want to incorporate a home office for flexible working, or maybe you just want to better utilise the available space. Whatever the reason, the creative architects at AURA Architecture will help you to maximise your space, increase natural light levels, make your property more sustainable, and simplify to create an uncluttered and beautiful place to live.
Loft Conversions and Basement ConversionsWhere garden space is limited, often the only choice to create more living space is to go up or down. Whilst many have considered a loft conversion, not everyone realises how a skilled architect can turn a basement into an attractive and functional living area, even introducing natural daylight with lightboxes as shown. View our blog posts on loft conversions and basement conversions for further helpful ideas and advice. Or get in touch to discuss your dreams and we’ll help to make them a reality.
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