Urbs in Rure: Building an extension in Solihull

Solihull is one of the best places to live in the Midlands with large houses ideal for building home extensions. Here’s our guide to making the most of your property  Content coming soon! We’re working hard researching and writing to bring you great articles on architecture, Birmingham and the West …

Can I build a granny annexe under Permitted Development?

Annexes can provide flexible accommodation for your family – but do you need full planning permission to build one? Find out the answer to one of our most popular enquiries right here.  A granny annexe can provide a practical and affordable solution for homeowners to provide self-contained accommodation to members …

Extending a bungalow – an easy way to double your living space

Bungalows are becoming increasingly popular extension projects thanks to their generous spaces, large plots and ease of planning. This flexibility offers homeowners the chance to double the size of their home without extending the bungalow into the garden, or affecting their neighbours.  This potential to really expand living space, their …

Living in Sutton Coldfield – the best part of the West Midlands

Ranking top on national quality of life surveys, with its stunning houses, great schools and Sutton Park, let’s see why the Royal Town is among the best places in the region to live.  Content coming soon! We’re working hard researching and writing to bring you great articles on architecture, Birmingham …

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What is the CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy)?

Improvements to local infrastructure are now funded by this contribution applicable to new developments – find out if it’s likely to be applicable to your project with our quick guide.   The Community Infrastructure Levy is a levy which some local authorities in England and Wales charge on developments to fund  …

Installing Timber Windows – the right way

Why choose timber windows? Whether you live in a conservation area or a new build house, in any home, and today’s engineering means that the old drawbacks – single-glazed, draughty thin pines – are no more.  Nowadays, timber windows come with solid guarantees and greater security for your peace of …

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Everything you need to know about Building Regulations for your build

Got your planning permission? Now you’ll need Building Regulations drawings to make sure your build meets national standards for building quality.  What are Building Regulations? Building Regulations are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to buildings in the UK. Any project you undertake must adhere to them Building Regulations …

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Planning Permission approval for Aldridge development

This scheme for three spacious family homes on a private road on the outskirts of desirable Aldridge combine great design, ecology and planning expertise from our team Planning Permission Approval! We’re very happy to announce that one of our development projects in Aldridge has been given planning permission approval by …

How inclusive design solutions can improve your home into the future

Design solutions that futureproof your home and ensure access and comfort for all are a key part of long-term planning for when considering renovations, extensions and new builds. Inclusive design solutions – what are they? Inclusive design is all about ensuring that everyone, regardless of their physical ability, can have …

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Little Aston calling: modern design for a local landmark

On one of the most desirable streets in Sutton Coldfield, we’re working on a fantastic project to restore an iconic building on the private Little Aston estate – design work is in progress! Modern extension design for a top conservation area A lot of the work that we do at …

Third party costs in architectural projects

What third parties are involved in architect’s projects? When you start a project with Lapworth, we are not only your architects, but also your lead consultants. We look to assemble a team of experts that complement our design work by bringing their knowledge and experience to make sure that your …

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Our top architecture blogs

Looking for inspiration? Of course, we include our own in our top architecture blogs, but we’re going for practical guides to help clients find out more about what they can build and why they should work with us. These are our top blogs for inspiration and keeping on top of …

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New Use Class Changes | September 2020

The new use classes are designed to make it easier for similar types of buildings to be converted and to reduce the burden of paperwork on local councils to make redevelopment easier. On the 21st July 2020 the government published the The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Regulations …

How to do a Garage Conversion – our guide

Garage conversions are perfect for extra downstairs space for a home office, games room or spare bedroom – they’re cost-effective and simple to do. Check out our garage package price! Make the most of your downstairs space A garage conversion is a great way to gain extra pace downstairs without …

Lapworth boost Walsall town centre with hat-trick of housing projects

New homes for Walsall town centre Local Birmingham architects and property developers are looking to transform unused office space in Walsall town centre into sustainable apartments in line with council masterplan to transform town post-Covid and revive high street fortunes with mixed-use developments.  Lapworth Architects and Kalam Family Property Developers …

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2 storey extensions on apartments – new PD Rules

New Permitted Development rules have opened up the possibility of creating thousands of new apartments on existing buildings – great news if you’re a landlord or developer looking to expand What are the new rules on 2 storey extensions on apartment blocks? From 1st August 2020 a new permitted development …