Renovations : An Inspirational Design Primer book cover
1st Edition

An Inspirational Design Primer

ISBN 9781859465028
Published June 16, 2016 by RIBA Publishing
224 Pages

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Book Description

The UK’s housing stock has proved to be remarkably durable, as houses from the 18th and 19th centuries are still adaptable to the requirements of modern living. However, the need to respect the environment and to reduce energy costs presents a new set of challenges for the owners of period properties.

In Renovations, the author analyses a host of cutting-edge projects to examine the challenges of adapting traditional house types; retaining historic features whilst introducing modern interventions. The book brings together more than two decades of research to showcase the best examples of domestic extensions and internal remodelling in the UK today.

The carefully selected exemplar projects highlight advances in technology, including new glazing methods, improvements in flat roof construction and structural innovations in steel and lightweight timber that have revolutionised the nature of the small house extension and increased the palette of forms and materials available to the architect.

Containing beautiful colour illustrations throughout, and pointing readers to more detailed technical sources of information, Renovations will provide inspiration for architects, designers and home owners alike.


Table of Contents

Introduction  Part 1. Low-Energy Retrofits  Bere Architects  Kit Knowles  Prewett Bizley Architects  John Christophers  Part 2. Space for Family Living  Alison Brooks  Hayhurst & Co.  Robert Dye  Part 3. Reinventing the Closet Wing  Henning Stummel Architects  51% Architects  Knott Architects  Part 4. Sustainable Timber Framing  David Mikhail Architects  Neil Dusheiko  Dan Brill Architects  Waind Gohil Architects  Part 5. Illuminating the Basement  Coffey Architects  David Mikhail Architects  Paul Archer Design  Part 6. Two-Storey Additions  Hayhurst & Co.  Ashton Porter Architects  Giles Pike Architects  Moxon Architects  Part 7. Room on the Side  Platform 5 Architects  Fraher Architects  Waind Gohil Architects  Procter-Rihl  Part 8. Three Scottish Projects  Oliver Chapman Architects  WT Architects  Materials and Technologies  Conclusion  Further Reading

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Richard Wilcock is a chartered architect and journalist. Trained at Liverpool University School of Architecture, Richard practised in London for six years. As a journalist, Richard has worked at Architectural Press, Architects’ Journal, Designer’s Journal AJ Focus, and RIBA Journal which he edited for 6 years. He is now a freelance editor and journalist, contributing articles to business, professional and national publications and is  a member of the RIBA, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the Society of Architectural Historians.