Month: February 2007

Damn the architect

Having weighed up the pros and cons over the past few months of employing an architect in a 'full service' capacity we've decided to go it alone. It's not been an easy decision and is at least in part driven by the fact that I've not managed to find anyone who is able to offer this type of service in the locality of the barn. That meant that travel expenses were likely to be a sizeable cost and time-on-site would be minimal. These may well be famous last words, but I resent the potential cost and loss of control that…
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Step 4 = design owner / design implementer

(or ... will you employ an architect?) We have some strong opinions about how we wanted the conversion to be. We're keen on a natural finish, wanting to avoid the dark stained timber, olde worlde kitchens & stairs and gravel often to be found in and around a stereo-typical barn conversion. Our aim is to blend traditional rustic design with modern design; the material and furnishings will reflect this blending. So the question you need to answer is who fulfil the roles of design owner and design implementer? In other words who will derive the initial design (design owner), then…
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