We hired David at DK Architects as he came across as a architect who was willing to fulfil our long and varied brief as far as possible but was not afraid to challenge our thinking when he needed to. We had decided to go from a extensive renovation to a complete knock down and rebuild of our house, and David was not cowed by the challenge; indeed he had previous experience of this in the surrounding region. This local knowledge was key to us, as it a critical factor in producing something that was acceptable to the local council, neighbours and also to ourselves. David achieved this with the first application and that is a testament to his expertise. David is a decent person and we are happy to have met him and worked with him on such an important life project, our family home. Many thanks to you David.
DK Architects were capable and efficient in making the whole process go smoothly and it was a pleasure to work with them - from wonderful ideas for the design to planning permission and building regulations applications, to recommending builders. We decided on LK Carpentry who did a fantastic job.
We originally had a large conservatory that formed part of the kitchen. It was spacious and bright but as usual with conservatories, it was freezing cold in winter and boiling hot in summer! We now have a single storey extension instead of the conservatory with bifold doors opening on to the garden. We are so pleased with the result as it is beautifully designed, spacious and bright and so great that the heat all around the house is now much more even. Great job! Thanks very much.
DK architects are thoroughly professional with wonderful insight and a great talent for design.
The advice given by David on how we can improve the original design for our three storey house renovation and extension meant we absolutely maximised the space and light in the house. The final design was perfect for our needs and the extension ‘box’ at the rear of our house still gets compliments from passers by more than one year after project completion.
David provided a great deal of help navigating the planning process and was a huge comfort when the project faced challenges in getting the plans finally approved.
We love the look and more importantly the feel of our home. I would happily recommend DK Architects for any renovation or extension project.
Working with DK architects was an excellent experience. David provided measured and insightful advice and came up with a wonderful design for our large bungalow project.
David’s extensive experience enabled us to start on the design prior to moving in and his in-depth knowledge of the planning process, and likely obstacles, was invaluable in making the right decisions at the design stage which resulted in our planning application being approved at the first attempt.
We are thoroughly delighted with our finished home and would highly recommend DK Architect for their practical design ideas, professional approach and the easy working relationship that they engender.’
Before building work our house was perfectly adequate but we both felt that it had the potential to be amazing. Fatefully, David and DK were recommended to us by friends. With his calm, professional manner he listened patiently to our ideas for extending the kitchen and connecting with the garden. Although the extension was simplistic in the sense that we were extending across the full width of the house David has created for us a space that feels much bigger than we’d anticipated. He created a cathedral ceiling space with skylights and the clever use of a zinc roof meant that the height of the full width opening could be raised allowing us to install a wall of glass with huge sliding doors. Although the space is big it makes sense as there are zones for the living area, dining and kitchen. David’s design has been life changing in that the family make use of the space together. Before the kitchen table felt cramped and was in sight of the front door but now it sits proudly in a more private area looking out onto the garden. Most days the family sit down together and enjoy family time. We would say that the kitchen extension has really enhanced our day to day living and we are very thankful to David for that.
We weren’t sure if planning would allow or indeed if it was possible but we wanted to add loft bedrooms. David was confident that we could strip back the existing roof and rebuild with 2 new bedrooms and a bathroom. We are so glad we took the step, our growing children now have a floor to escape to with the added bonus of fantastic views and the rooms are really spacious. Looking back the old roof looked too low and not balanced but with David’s help the look of the house has now been improved and if you didn’t know you would never believe that we’d added a new floor. It was difficult to imagine how the new staircase up the roof would fit in but David’s design in moving a door to accommodate it has actually enhanced the first floor and has given more privacy to the bedroom affected. The stairs and landings are very open and it doesn’t feel like stairs up to a loft room at all.
We engaged David not only to take us through the planning and building regulation process but also to prepare schedules of finishes and fittings which was used by the Contractors for pricing. This was invaluable for us and the Contractors. Throughout the process David and Clive were on hand with advice and led us through what could otherwise be an extremely stressful experience. We had some hiccups along the way as most building projects do but again David and Clive came onsite and sorted them out and were always available to talk through issues. We have no hesitation in recommending David and his team at DK and wish them well with their future projects.
Marion & Nick