A superb loft conversion begins with a beautiful design. That’s why as part of our fully project managed loft conversion service, we enlist the services of our chartered in-house architects. Landmark Architecture delivers bespoke, innovative designs which match client’s aspirations, maximise natural light and space, whilst conforming to building regulations.
How long have you worked for Landmark Architecture? I have been working with Landmark for two and a half years, and have over ten years of experience in architectural practises.
What is a typical day as an architect like? In the office I spend my time drafting plans, developing projects, responding to client feedback and input from council planners, reviewing assistant’s work, and coordinating with engineers and builders on –site to ensure everything is built to specification. However, we also typically survey two properties per week, which means visiting client’s homes to take measurements and discuss their vision with them in person.
What does designing a loft involve from start to finish? After the initial survey, we need to research the local building regulations and review the client’s brief. After that, we start designing, which is our favourite part of the job. Our ultimate aim is to create a space that will be comfortable for the client. We therefore aim to make the best use of natural light, maximise available space and provide the best possible exterior views, whilst delivering the client’s vision in conformity with regulations.
How do you work with clients to achieve their vision? The initial conversation takes place during our survey visit. Communication is vital to ensure our design satisfies the client. We allow them to express themselves and strive to come up with a plan which is practical and which meets their expectations. We then work hard to implement any changes to the initial design which they feedback with.
What is the benefit for Landmark Lofts of having an in-house team of architects? Communication is really important to ensuring a project runs smoothly and is successful. By using a team of in-house architects, Landmark is able to ensure high quality and customer service from the very start of the process. For us, working in the same space as all of the sales staff, project coordinators and managers means we’re able to work together with ease and deliver a smooth experience for the customer.
Why is Landmark Architectures RIBA chartered status beneficial for our clients? It reassures our customers that all of our architects have professional qualifications and gives them the confidence that our work is to the highest standard.
What role do architects have in ensuring the quality of the finished loft conversion? It’s a key role. With the same money and materials, you could have an amazing space or just a normal room. It’s a combination of the technical knowledge and artistic flair which our architects bring to a design which really adds value and delivers a truly special outcome for our clients.
What aspect of your job might surprise people? We actually interact with our clients at quite a personal level. They tell us their aspirations and goals when discussing a project, and we always bear that in mind when designing their loft.
Landmark Lofts is part of the Landmark Group - the only group in London specialising in the project management of loft conversions, extensions and refurbishments to include a Chartered Building Company (CIOB), Chartered Architectural Practice (RIBA) and to be regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The Landmark Group specialises in the project management of loft conversions, extensions and refurbishments.