Muddy says: This Newbury-based architect’s flexible, creative approach to sexy, sustainable spaces means you don’t need a Lottery win to fulfil your interior dreams, just a vision and their design expertise.
Love a bit of property porn? Obsessively watch series after series of Grand Designs and George Clarke’s Amazing Homes? Yup me too. And all the cool home have one thing in common (be it a renovation, remodel or self build) a damn good architect.
Finding a firm that understands your vision, lifestyle and, er, budget is essential, especially when you think about the emotional and financial investment. In the hope of saving you at least one or two tearful outbursts, may I introduce Absolute Architecture, a Newbury-based practice that works within a 40-mile radius of the office, offering a flexible, creative approach to home design.
Absolute Architecture was started by Kate Cooper (a sustainability judge for the RIBA Design Awards) who has a passion for brilliant sustainable design that underpins all of the firm’s new build and home improvement projects. The aim is to reduce your carbon footprint, create happy homes and save you cash in the long run. Drafty old houses can be quite the money pit.
Kate and her partner Roger Scully are involved in every single project, from conception to completion, and they have a well-deserved rep as the the go-to residential architecture practice for people looking for a little extra creativity, inspiration or planning expertise. Plus you can utilise their trusted contacts of builders and suppliers. There will be no stetsons and spurs swaggering through your door.
What do they do? Well as little or as much as you want: develop architectural plans and designs – whether your self building, extending or planning major renovations; secure planning consent and project manage; remodel interiors or makeover an ugly duckling. They even have a Home Moving Consultancy to help you find and create the home you’re looking for. The end result will be a unique space that works for you and your family. (Higgledy piggledy cottage be gone – expect a call, Kate)