Modern spaces.

Our client, Glen is a bit of a celebrity in Milton Keynes, having made himself very wealthy by buying, selling and renting property. So we were proud to be asked by him to come up with some ideas for his new house. In short we did our thing, producing some schemes showing how to extend and remodel this tired and outmoded property. As we have said many times before, we are not interior designers because we do not generally advise on colours, wallpaper and carpets etc, but we are good with space. Most clients enjoy the process of “dressing” the space and in this case Glen and Amanda have clearly enjoyed the process.

Click on any of the pictures below to view the gallery, I think most people would agree that the pictures look stunning.

 

Written by Tony Keller – Building Tectonics Ltd.

Rise cottage; phase 1.

There were many extensions done to this property over time, before we were commissioned to work on the project. As a result of these many extensions, the house looked as though it were made up of corridors where there were supposed to be rooms, both downstairs and up.

Building Tectonics were asked to do a Feasibility scheme to re-design the interior layout. We came up with the idea of moving the stairs to a more central location, which was radical but solved many problems in one go.

It gave the client an entrance hallway, something which they say wasn’t a problem when the house was a two up two down cottage, but was lacking in the house as it developed. This was a real bonus since it was not even on their ‘wish list’.

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By repositioning the stairs, there was space to allow the rooms to be connected, together with the removal of a redundant chimney breast and various other structural alterations, giving the clients a house which is more practical with rooms which are accessible from the new hall and landing.

By making the stairs more central, we brought more light to the center of the house, which was fairly dark before the alterations, which made the landing seem gloomy in comparison to the rest of the house.

Convenience, light, salebility and beauty all in one hit. Building Tectonics were also engaged to look at other aspects of the house after this alteration.

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Written by Tony Keller – Building Tectonics Ltd.

Rise cottage; phase two.

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It can be quite nice to go back and revisit a project, and reproduce a retrospective. There is one project in particular which comes to mind when thinking about this, it’s a house near Bedford that got Building Tectonics much praise at the time because of the sheer transformation of the house in question.

It was a project which we worked on over 10 years ago, but is still a great example of what can be done to a very tired and outdated looking house. Whenever I pass it on the way to Bedford from Milton Keynes I have to stop and look at it, and it still looks good. However , something which we have not spoken, or written about much concerning this project is the beautiful interior which we created in unison with our client. We came up with a very good design for the interior layout, we think that the spaces which we created would please any architect or interior designer, or for that matter, any person generally.

Our client, who at the time was new to the Bedford area, was a very thoughtful, and pleasant man to work for (and I always say to clients “they are also apart of the design team”). We think he chose us pretty well, at random and since we had not carried out much work in the Bedford area at the time, we were unlikely to have been recommended by anyone who already lived in Bedford. According to our records, he found us in the Yellow Pages, and then from a telephone conversation, he concluded that we were the company he wanted to work on his project with.

I’m very glad that he did.

Since we don’t tend to advertise in the Bedford Yellow Pages any more (actually, we don’t advertise in any Yellow Pages now!) we wouldn’t be found this way again.

Anyhow, our client had a sensible budget to work with in mind, and by spending this amount very wisely, he managed to create a super interior. Obviously, a considerable sum was spent on the building work, and I was also keen to bring it up to a very good standard of thermal insulation, which once shown how it could be done, he was keen to do.

Fortunately even after doing this, he still had enough money left from the budget to spend on the finishing touches. It’s true that if you design carefully enough, you can get a whole lot more for your money than if you aren’t as careful in the design stages. We pride ourselves with being parsimonious with our clients money, so we are always careful!

If I’m honest, in my opinion some architects and architectural designers are not always careful enough, and they bash out designs without caring about the build cost. Bashing out the design could be good for an architect/architectural designers cash flow, but not so good for the clients.

There are some good architects and architectural practices in and around Bedford, but I am pleased to say that after this project, we have established a very good foothold and are recommended by a number of the citizens of Bedford, and may it last for a long time.

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Written by Tony Keller – Building Tectonics Ltd.

House transformation: From a caterpillar to a butterfly

Our client had bought a 1960’s house whose exterior was looking very tired.

The house had a very uninspiring appearance, lacking that special something that makes you think ‘wow, that looks amazing’, it had an outdated internal arrangement, very poor insulation and lacked a connection with the garden. So we were then commissioned to make this house better overall, inside and out.

Before…

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After…

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Written by Tony Keller – Building Tectonics Ltd.

 

Tecton Centre refurbishment.

As you may, or may not know, we actually altered the building we are based at in Fenny Stratford – The Tecton Centre. It was previously The Salvation Army Hall, which was built in 1887. Many years later it became a store and workshop for an upholstery company but gradually fell into a state of disrepair. As with many old buildings, a beneficial use has to be found before anyone will invest in refurbishment.

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We formulated a scheme to create an open plan studio, primarily for Building Tectonics, and also a purpose made art gallery display space. There was also room for other companies thus producing the necessary revenue to make the project financially viable. The local planning authority refused to give planning approval for the scheme but fortunately the Government Planning Inspectorate upheld an appeal, and so after many wasted months, work commenced on the refurbishment.

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In 2006 Building Tectonics Moved in. Subsequently many start-up companies benefited from the beautiful environment and flexible arrangements that the Tecton Centre has to offer and in 2010 we were proud to host our first Art Exhibition. Building Tectonics Ltd are pleased to share this great space with others who can appreciate good design.

Written by Jade Turney – Building Tectonics Ltd.

Converted: It was a farmhouse, it’s not now.

In 1997 Building Tectonics designed the alterations of this derelict, 17th Century grade 2 listed building in Fenny Stratford (just outside Bletchley) to form it into 3 commercial units below and 3 flats over. Previously architects had obtained planning permission for the conversion of this unit into 6 dwellings, but this was considered uneconomic.

Having worked on listed buildings before, our general philosophy is to understand the existing structure, and where possible work with it – This is very much close to the heart of the Tectonic philosophy.

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In the case of the 59 Aylesbury Street project, it had been built as a farmhouse, its timber frame being organized in 3 bays. Creating 3 commercial units below and 3 flats over meant there only really had to be minor adjustments as very little had to be done to the timber frame structure itself. This pleased the historic building officer and was an economic and safe solution to the refurbishment.

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Building Tectonics project managed this to the completion on time and on budget. The flats and commercial units remain very popular to this day and are always occupied.

Written by Tony Keller – Building Tectonics Ltd.