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There are times when clients come to us having already had problems achieving planning permission for their house with previous architects.

Sometimes a fresh architectural approach to the design problems can unlock those stumbling blocks that have stopped planning from being achieved.

This was the case with a large new build luxury house on Station Road, Harpenden, a prominent corner site where our clients were looking to achieve a contemporary luxurious family home over three floors with a large basement. St Albans Planning department had previously refused the clients first design that we had not been involved with.

When we became involved, an alternative architectural approach was taken and, with a careful, sensitive redesign of the new house and an imaginative approach to the internal layout, we were able to achieve a planning approval at the first re submission for a large five bedroom contemporary modern home.

The client also wanted to employ a timber frame construction method which would allow for a rapid build on site once the basement structure was fabricated. Detailed coordination of the timber frame sub contractor details was required with our building regulation and CAD drawings.

Solar panels were also employed to the main roof areas, a consideration that is encouraged by St Albans planning department.

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