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Designing with light for your home -

The way your home is lit has a huge impact on your wellbeing. Taking inspiration from nature; how the sun rises, cast shadows and sets with a different brightness and colour, can be used to inspire the lighting in your home.

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1.0 It's all in the DETAIL - Stair design.

When extending, refurbishing or building a new home, taking time to get the details right is key. I want to add wow factor to your home, for it to be inspiring and uplifting. In this series I share the process of instilling this detail into every aspect of the design to create a beautiful, contemporary home.

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ARTICLE - Sustainability Series. Suppliers and resources

Sharing who we talk to and where we source and learn about sustainable materials, resources and more.

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Sustainability tips in the press -Sophie Bates Architects

Really pleased to see our tips on sustainability in this month's Time & Leisure Magazine.

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Hampton Home, Richmond - near completion

We have doubled the floor area of an existing Hampton bungalow by extending to the front, side and rear and extending the loft to house a dormer and double height living room.

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ARTICLE -Sustainability - Connection to Nature - Facing the sun

The first in a series of tips on integrating sustainability into your new build or extension project.

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RIBA House of the Year - ABA win

Fantastic to see House on the Hill win the House of the Year Architectural Award 2022.

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New build surrey, contemporary home on site in Tadworth, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Our sustainable, timber frame, contemporary home is on site in Surrey. Tucked in a corner of the generous garden of a grade II listed home, we are building a home for family members to live in.

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Budgeting for a house extension, refurbishment or new build home

"Starting a building project can be daunting. Making sure you have budgets for all areas of the process is important. Our tips for budgeting are set out as a guide below - Good luck with your project" -Sophie Bates Architects

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New build, contemporary home in Surrey Hills near completion

Take a peak into the design process and have a look at early concept work on this new build, contemporary home.

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Big Build advice and tips in the press!

Great to see our projects and tips for homeowners starting a build project in this month's Time and Leisure magazine.

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Richmond refurbishment

This project opens up an existing lower ground floor into an open-plan living space - a wonderful opportunity to meld the beautiful old with light-filled contemporary.

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ARTICLE - Planning a home extension or refurbishment

If you are thinking of starting a refurbishment, extension or new build project in Surrey Hills, Surrey or SW London to create an exceptional, creative and inspiring home it is key to allow sufficient time to make sure the project achieve all your aspirations within your programme and budget.

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Vaulted home - Coombe, Surrey

Take a glimpse into the work on site for the full refurbishment and conversion of a run-down period property in Coombe, Surrey. A steep site offered the chance to introduce a dynamic, vaulted living space stepping out onto the garden.

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Home extension advice in the press

Great to have some press coverage from Time and Leisure this month.

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AJ Awards Shortlist! Richmond, Surrey.

Delighted to announce we have been shortlisted for the national Architect's Journal AJ Awards for projects under £250K for our extension and refurbishment. Park Road, Richmond Surrey.

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New build contemporary Surrey home

Sophie Bates Architects has been appointed to design a contemporary, 400sqm home in the Surrey countryside. The layering of the local geology, the dense woodland and history of glassmaking near the site are inspiring the design. We are very much looking forward to seeing this project realised.

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Don't Move improve Awards 2019

Sophie Bates Architects' Kingston 'Light Play' refurbishment and extension is on display at the Don't Move Improve Awards 2019 at the Building Centre, London this spring.

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ARTICLE - An Architect's brief for your home building project

Creating a brief for your home with your architect is the essential to produce outstanding architecture. It is more than a list of room requirements, it must communicate what makes your future home special.

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Light Play Open House London

Our residential extension in Kingston is open to the public on the 15th September from 12-5pm as part of London's Open House @openhouselondon - please come along and see the project, along with models and sketches from other residential projects.

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Kingston home

Finally we have built the extension to our own home! Nearly there - more photos to come

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Surbiton Lodge, Kingston home.

Sophie Bates Architects is designing a contemporary side and front extension to a beautiful home in Surbiton.

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Light House Putney completed

Basement and rear extension completed on site. The house includes a large basement with gym, guest room, media room and wine cellar. A simple palette of materials and crisp detailing were key to this Putney refurbishment and extension. Sophie Bates Architects collaborated with Zoe Defert Architects on the project.

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Don't Move Improve Awards

Sophie Bates Architects' Riffel Road project has been selected to be on the long list for the 2017 Don't Move Improve Awards. The project will be shown at NLA Building Centre, Store Street from the end of January 2017 and featured in this years publication. We are really thrilled to be included along a great selection of residential projects.

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Residential extension Putney gains planning

Contemporary design for an additional 140sqm of living space to a locally listed property to the basement, ground and loft.

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Residential extension near completion

The extension and refurbishment of our project in Putney, Wandsworth is near completion.

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Publisher's House submitted for planning

Grade II listed townhouse in the heart of Marylebone, London has been submitted for planning.

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Planning permission gained for a contemporary 80sqm basement

Sophie Bates Architects is working with Zoe Defert Architects on the refurbishment and extension of a stunning town house in South West London.

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Sophie Bates Architects takes part in Architect in the House to raise money for Shelter

Sophie Bates Architects is to take part in Architect in the House, a joint initiative between the RIBA and Shelter.

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New appointment for exciting residential collaboration

Sophie Bates Architects is collaborating with Zoe Defert Architects, designing interior and exterior details for a beautiful C19th town house in Putney, SW15

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Stirling Prize nomination for Newhall Be

Sophie Bates was project architect for Newhall Be at Alison Brooks Architects - a high density prototype housing scheme in Essex that raises the bar for design quality for family housing.

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London extension granted planning permission

A carefully detailed glass and timber extension will provide a contemporary living space to a Victorian terrace.

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Refurbishment of Victorian home near completion

A stunning six bedroom home has been carefully refurbished to restore it's original character. The period detailing has been contrasted by elegant, contemporary bathroom and kitchen design. We should be finished by Christmas!

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A guide to the planning process - Newsletter

Understanding the planning process is key to gaining permission for you ideal home. Our guide helps explain this process.

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ARTICLE - Designing with natural light

One of my first influences on the design of a home or extension is natural light. My inspiration comes from an early passion of photography, artists such as Dan Graham and Rachel Whiteread’s resin projects and Japanese architects like Tadao Ando. How light enters your home has a huge impact on the sense of space, the atmosphere you can create and your mood.

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Keeping your home cool

Cooling your house is key to enjoying your beautifully designed, contemporary home.

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Teddington - Eaves house

Playing with the roof form and how the light bounces around our Teddington project over the last few months has been a really exciting process.

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Starting on site - a spacious, family home in Kingston

Generous extension and refurbishment to create a contemporary home in Surrey.

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Contemporary, sustainable refurbishment and extension to Orchard House, Coombe, London.

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Insulation and Building Form architecture extension refurbishment

Sustainability Series - Insulation and Buidling Form An introduction to getting the building form and insulation choice right.

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Contemporary Loft

Raising the ridge. Contemporary, highly insulated roof extension underway in Kingston, Surrey by Sophie Bates Architects.

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Photographer's House - Design sketches and drawings.

A selection of early sketches and drawings to illustrate the refurbishment and extension of a terrace home for Kris and Jasmin.