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Architecture that promotes biodiversity

By Paul

Architecture that promotes biodiversity

This year, biodiversity has climbed developers’ list of priorities. Although the government has delayed biodiversity net gain legislation again, from February those creating large schemes will have to provide a biodiversity net gain of at least 10%. For smaller developments – ten homes or fewer – the new rule will apply from April 2024. This is a great...

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Tags: Finished Projects, Design, Planning, Architectural process

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TAS Architects takes on life drawing with Silent Gliss

By Lizzie

TAS Architects takes on life drawing with Silent Gliss

The TAS Architects team was recently invited to take part in a life drawing class by Silent Gliss, which supplies interior window coverings. We were so excited about the chance to pick up the charcoal that most of our team went along. During the evening, we experimented with different mediums, including felt tips, and learned about various techniques to get going....

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Renovate or Rebuild? The pros and cons

By Christophe

Renovate or Rebuild? The pros and cons

This is a decision facing many people looking to create their ideal home: should they renovate an existing building or knock it down and start again? There are many factors to consider, not least cost, design potential and sustainability. We’ve pulled together some of the key considerations in the renovate or rebuild debate to help you reach a decision. Each...

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Tags: Architectural process, Construction, Design, Planning

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Architects turn to spoon carving

By Paul

Architects turn to spoon carving

The TAS Architects team can boast a new skill: spoon carving. We took some time out of the studio to learn about types of trees and how to create a spoon from a simple block of wood. Our workshop was led by Jonah Maddox of Hertswood, who makes beautiful items from many types of wood, from bowls and vases to bird tables and shelves. And, of course, spoons. He often...

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Planning submitted: 9 new low-energy homes in Hertfordshire

By Paul

Planning submitted: 9 new low-energy homes in Hertfordshire

We are excited to have submitted a planning application for a scheme of nine low-energy homes in Hertfordshire, in a beautiful village setting just outside Tring. As well as the mixture of three-bed and four-bed homes, the scheme will provide a communal garden and planting zones to enhance biodiversity across the site. TAS Architects’ designs for the new dwellings...

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We’ve gained planning for two new low-energy homes in the Hertfordshire greenbelt

By Paul

We’ve gained planning for two new low-energy homes in the Hertfordshire greenbelt

After a two-year process, Three Rivers Council has granted planning permission for a scheme of two detached houses designed by TAS Architects, and in collaboration with Base Developments. The inventive, low-energy homes are set within the Hertfordshire greenbelt that surrounds the village of Kings Langley. This is the second scheme that TAS Architects has worked on...

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Now on site: A new sustainable home in Hertfordshire

By Paul

Now on site: A new sustainable home in Hertfordshire

TAS Architects has designed a new low energy sustainable home in Hertfordshire for a couple and their four children. Our brief was to provide spacious and versatile living areas that maximise natural light and provide a feeling of a cozy, warm home that’s comfortable and functional. The home is orientated to make the most of the sloping south-facing garden and...

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Tags: Construction, Design, On Site

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RIBA Suffolk Design Awards 2022 – Highly Commended

By Lizzie

RIBA Suffolk Design Awards 2022 – Highly Commended

We were delighted to find out that our Listed Building Extension has been Highly Commended at the RIBA Suffolk Design Awards 2022. The judges said, “A fun, yet well-articulated, contemporary addition to this a timber framed home, bringing much needed height and light into the property and a connection to its well-established garden. Taking its lead from the...

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Tags: Awards, Finished Projects

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Loxley Stables published in Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine

By Lizzie

Loxley Stables published in Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine

We were delighted when Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine asked if they could feature Loxley Stables in their October 2022 issue. The article focuses on Paul and Sophie’s self-build house, but expands on the collaborative nature of the three-house development and the context of the build. The development is rural and within the curtilage of a listed...

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New homes must now produce 30% less CO2

By Christophe

New homes must now produce 30% less CO2

In June 2022, new Building Regulations came into effect that have a significant impact on new build homes and home improvements. From now on, new homes must produce 30% less carbon emissions than current standards. Those looking to extend or renovate a home will also face more stringent regulations. To mitigate the higher cost of necessary measures, it’s important...

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How to gain planning permission in an AONB

By Lizzie

How to gain planning permission in an AONB

Finding a site on which to build a new home in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a wonderful opportunity. It can be extremely difficult to gain planning permission in an AONB for a new home on an empty plot – though not impossible. A more accessible option is to find a site with an existing dwelling and create a design for a new home that considers...

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What is a pre-app and do I need one?

By Christophe

What is a pre-app and do I need one?

All new build projects, and most extensions, require planning permission from the local authority. For some projects this can seem like a leap into the unknown. If the plot or house is in a sensitive area or presents a new style to a neighbourhood, for example, it can be impossible to guess whether permission will be granted. In these cases, one option is to open a...

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