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Lariko Architects commented on a discussion: New doors, old handles
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Great to see some care over original features. We would recommend one of two approaches; a modern simple flush door to really highlight the original handle or, the original style panelled door as previously pictured with the correct handle placement. You may even be able to pick up some reclaimed pitch pine doors as a lot of people throw them out.

If using the 1930s period doors go unfinished or natural finish but if using solid flush doors go with an eggshell white or off white and this would look really stylish.
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Access Hardware Ltd

What lovely original handles! I agree with the above comments regarding the door. Make sure you check the spindle hole size, as this may not be standard on an older handle. Uk standard latches take an 8mm square spindle and you can get a good quality brass latch from www.handleking.co.uk

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Lariko Architects commented on a discussion: Enclosing stairs in open plan layout for fire regs
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OnePlan
You could have a sprinkler/mist system instead perhaps ?!
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As one plan said, a mist system can be installed and you can retain the open plan nature of the house.

We often use Plumis and can be installed in the kitchen tap so you won't even notice it.

http://www.plumis.co.uk/automist.html
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Lariko Architects commented on a discussion: Help 70's exterior
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Man About The House - The DIY & Odd Job Handyman

Cladding doesn't have to be just UPVC planks any more. You can have plain cement panels installed, as I said earlier check out Marley's Website to see the innovative methods now used. Or Colour bond what you've got. Your cladding is most likely on Battens with insulation a waterproof membrane etc, so, no it's not a solid wall. That's not to say that you couldn't remove the windows, brick or block up and then put the windows back. However, you would need to take advice from a builder and get the necessary building regs.

If you go with the Cement panels for instance from Marley or any other company that supplies that type of facade, then you could render the remainder of the building for a more contemporary look.

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There are so many options for alternative cladding but you can also alter the size and shape of your Windows if this is something you wished to do. This could mean floor to ceiling glazing. You would have to check the planning policies in your area but this will not generally require planning approval. Otherwise you can pretty much install anything such as textured brick (slips if necessary) metal shingles, charred timber or shou sougi ban. You can even have the upvc spray painted if cost is an issue.
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Lariko Architects commented on a discussion: Planning a small extension
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Hi Balbir,


With regards to your queries you have a multitude of options and permutations for how to arrange the space and extension.


The most important thing to consider is how the ground floor works as a 'whole' rather than looking at it in parts. This will then guide you into how to shape the building itself, windows and doors will place themselves.


From the photos it's a little difficult to exactly ascertain what needs to be done but an L shape extension should be very easy and will match your neighbour. There are certain planning constraints, either permitted development route or full planning may be required, but certainly possible.


If you have any plans, estate agent or otherwise, these are useful to see the current state of play, of if you would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact me directly.

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Lariko Architects commented on a discussion: To have an island or not to have an island?
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angelboyman

Seems like everyone is saying the same thing. It all comes down to your available space rather than just having an island because they're 'popular'. This is one of my bugbears really where people insist on having the latest must have feature in their houses but yet their houses just aren't big enough to take them - specifically, en-suites squeezed into new builds so the master is smaller than a kids bedroom - why?!?! Multi-fuel stoves in inner city properties that have readily available gas and kitchen islands that are 1 cabinet deep and 2 or so wide!

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Bespoke Interiors Redbridge UK

it does come down to space, if every body had space and money i bet everybody probably install an kitchen island ,and follow the trend,

i would love to have a island in my dream kitchen, just for an indoor barbecue, appliances eg: 1x big electrical griddle,2x miele cs1312bg modular grilling hob, 2 worktop pop up extractor fans,or, a small restaurant style extractor fan (designed by me ) and a small sink

this is part of my dream kitchen

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Lariko Architects commented on a discussion: Planning refused
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kikiamack
We have a window on our gable end and we had to specify opaque glass and just have the small flap opening at the top so we couldn't look down on next door's property. From my experience, it is not easy to get a clear answer from the planners as to what is acceptable, just what is not.
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Danielle Garber

It must be very frustrating but whilst the current neighbours might be fine with it, the planners have to protect future neighbours from being overlooked and they have to be careful not to set precedents in an area that could then be used to push through plans on other houses in the area where the neighbours do have objections.

The louvred doors look great - this could be an excellent solution.

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Lariko Architects commented on a discussion: Need help with locating my washing machine & dryer
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Deborah Sneddon
Thank you. That's pretty much what my electrician said he needed to see in order to provide the certificate. I will show pics when the job is finished!
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Lariko Architects
Great, look forward to seeing the finished product Deborah and good luck!
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RGH Architects & Project Managers

In my experience, once the legal profession are involved a £1,500 variation to the contract will be the least of your worries. I am an ARB registered architect with 20+ years post-qualifying experience and carry £2m PI insurance, before anyone asks.

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We are registered architects and often see that RIBA is the first port of call for clients when discussing architects and their services. Although RIBA can be useful, they cannot really become involved if the architect in question is not a chartered member. ARB (Architect's Registration Board) is the governing body for the architecture profession. Anyone using the title 'Architect' who isn't actually qualified as such is actually breaking the law under The Architects Act 1997. Please ensure that any appointment of an 'Architect' is checked with the ARB here http://www.architects-register.org.uk/ to ensure that you are dealing with a true professional.
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Lariko Architects commented on a discussion: Front door canopy design - help!!
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Man About The House - The DIY & Odd Job Handyman

I like the glass ones best for an old meets new and in particular the dark grey framed ones, you can have the frames or wires in a variety of colours to match the front door.


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whippet girl
Really quick sketch...
Chunky square canopy to match the footprint of the steps and line up with side roof, with chunky column for support.
Standard bay tree and box balls in pots to lead the eye to the entrance.
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Lariko Architects commented on a discussion: Help needed for extension layout please
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kikiamack
Without commenting on rearranging the layout, or if further improvements can be made, I just prefer the fact the the loo door does not open straight into the kitchen on the second layout. That could be just me though! I also think that if you do not have room for a full utility room, having the washer and dryer side by side means you can have a counter put over the top for folding etc which I think would be more useful than stacking the machines.
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Jonathan

since a year has gone by since your first post is there any news?

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