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  • Writer's pictureBen Craven

BCAE Architects: 24 Things to Do to Make This Year Great for Your Home

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Welcome to a new year with endless possibilities for transforming your home into a space that reflects your lifestyle and aspirations. At BCAE Architects, we believe that every home has the potential for greatness.

Whether you're considering a complete overhaul or subtle enhancements, here are 24 things you can do with the help of our expert architects to make this year truly exceptional.

1. Reconfigure Your Existing Space or Layout

Do you feel like your home could use a fresh perspective? Let's reconfigure your existing space. Our architects can optimize your home's layout, ensuring efficient use of space. Whether it's adjusting room sizes or creating multifunctional spaces, we can breathe new life into your surroundings.


Tip: Reconfiguring rooms is a quick way to update your space without the need for external permissions.


2. Open Floor Plan Design

Collaborate with our architects to explore the possibility of creating a more open and spacious floor plan. Breaking down non-load-bearing walls can connect different areas, fostering a fluid and contemporary living space.


3. Single Storey Extension

Consider expanding your living space horizontally with a single-storey extension. Our architects can help you seamlessly integrate new spaces that blend with the existing structure, providing functionality and aesthetic appeal.


4. Multi Storey Extension

Elevate your living experience with a multi-storey extension. Our architects can design additional floors that not only cater to your space needs but also harmonise with the overall architectural theme of your home.


5. Replacement Dwelling

Do you live in a great location, but the existing property requires major renovation or no longer works for your lifestyle? Are the views great but the orientation of the house ignores them?


Consider a complete replacement of your existing home even in greenbelt or sensitive sites you can usually replace an existing dwelling with a larger building. Our architects can assist in designing a new dwelling that meets your current needs and preferences.


6. Change the Building’s Use

Explore converting agricultural or commercial buildings to domestic use. Our architects can navigate the complexities and guide you through the necessary applications.


7. Self-Build

Embark on the journey of creating your dream home from scratch. Our architects can help you navigate the self-build process, ensuring your vision becomes a reality.

8. Barn Conversion

Repurpose an existing barn into a unique and stylish living space. Our architects can help you preserve the character of the structure while transforming it into a comfortable home.


9. Develop a Garden Plot

In 2023 we had a lot of success where clients had large gardens attached to their existing property, Could you unlock the potential of your garden by developing a plot? Our architects can assist in planning and designing additional structures or features to enhance your outdoor space.


10. Residential Development 1-10 Houses

Do you have a plot of land that could potential fit multiple houses on it, do you want to explore how many could be possible and the process for gaining permission? We can also put you in contact with developers who can either assist you with the construction or purchase the land.


Consider a residential development project involving 1-10 houses. Our architects can guide you through the planning and design process, ensuring a cohesive and appealing neighbourhood.


11. Explore the Possibilities for a Plot of Land (Feasibility Study)

Do you have a plot of land, or a building and unsure of the best way to maximise its potential and value? Before making decisions about a plot of land, conduct a feasibility study with our architects. Assess the possibilities and constraints to make informed choices.


12. PassiveHaus

Embrace the Passive House standard for energy efficiency and comfort. Our architects can help design a home that meets the rigorous standards of PassiveHaus.


13. Paragraph 80 Home

Explore the creation of a Paragraph 80 Home – a dwelling of exceptional quality and innovative design. Our architects can guide you through the process of meeting the stringent criteria.


14. Loft Conversion

Transform your underutilised attic into a functional living space with a loft conversion. Our architects can help you maximise this often-overlooked area, adding value and versatility to your home.


15. Upgrade Your Insulation

Go above and beyond with insulation upgrades. Our architects can guide you on loft insulation and, if applicable, wall insulation. Enhancing insulation not only contributes to energy efficiency but also improves overall comfort.


Tip: Laying two rolls of loft insulation can have a big impact on energy efficiency.


16. Fit Solar Panels

Embrace sustainability by adding solar panels to your roof or walls. Our architects can help you integrate these renewable energy sources seamlessly, ensuring minimal visual impact on your home and surroundings.


Tip: Check specific restrictions for conservation areas, world heritage sites, and listed buildings.

17. Repair, Replace or Add Windows

Enhance natural light and ventilation by updating your windows. Our architects can advise on alterations that won't compromise the overall appearance of your home.


18. Smart Home Integration

Step into the future with smart home technologies. Collaborate with our architects to integrate smart lighting, thermostats, security systems, and other features that enhance convenience and energy efficiency.


19. Natural Light Optimisation

Maximise natural light with our architects' expertise. Incorporate more windows, skylights, or glass doors to not only enhance aesthetics but also contribute to a healthier and energy-efficient environment.


20. Outdoor Living Spaces

Extend your living space outdoors by collaborating with our architects to design a deck, patio, or garden area. Create a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces to enhance your overall lifestyle.


21. Home Office Design

With the rise of remote work, consider working with our architects to design a dedicated home office space that is functional, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing.


22. Construct an Outbuilding or Garden Office

Add a versatile outbuilding to your property for uses like a gym or a garden office. Our architects can guide you through the process, ensuring compliance with regulations and optimising functionality.


23. Add a Porch to Your Home

 Update your home's entrance by adding a porch. Our architects can help you design a porch that complements your home's style and meets regulations. You may be able to achieve this under Permitted Development.


24. Exterior Facade Upgrade

Improve your home's kerb appeal with an exterior facade upgrade. Work with our architects to revitalise your home's appearance with new siding, roofing, landscaping, or even a redesigned entrance.



It's Okay to Take Small Steps

 Embarking on these transformations doesn't have to be overwhelming. You can take small steps over the course of the year, aligning with other home renovations and maintenance tasks. The key is to have a plan, ensuring your house becomes more comfortable without the risk of unintended consequences.


At BCAE Architects, we're here to guide you through every step, making this year the one that transforms your home into something truly remarkable.


Let's make it great together!

Are you looking to design your own home, extend an existing one or refurbish your workplace? If so, reach out to talk to Ben or Arron about your project.

BCAE Architects  

01772 230538 

Unit 17, Guest House Farm, Runshaw Lane, Euxton, PR7 6HD United Kingdom 



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