Sustainable Architecture: A Certified Passivhaus Family home

We are delighted to announce that our North Downs House has received Passivhaus Certification, a recognition of its outstanding energy efficiency and sustainable design. The energy bills for this house are a tenth of those of a traditionally designed property of the same size, underlining the remarkable impact of our design approach.

This bespoke passivhaus emerged from a challenge: how to produce a sustainable design that integrates with its surroundings – nestled into the North Downs, and located within the Green Belt and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This Passivhaus is a harmonious blend of modern living and environmental consciousness and takes a different approach to the more conventional Passivhaus designs. The modern, open-planned living space and fully glazed façade exploit the property’s elevated position providing uninterrupted panoramic views, while achieving performances well within the Passivhaus criteria. Despite the amount of glazing, our clients enjoy a comfortable indoor temperature all year round with superior levels of ventilation and soundproofing, with minimal energy usage. The stone cladding and a sedum roof blend the home into its natural surroundings.

The inverted design places the heart of family life on the upper level, where every corner enjoys the breathtaking views. Downstairs, a tranquil sanctuary of bedrooms provides a serene retreat.

Passivhaus principles are woven into every aspect of this project, from the highly insulated building fabric to the use of thermal mass for temperature regulation.

The home incorporates triple glazed windows, doors, and roof lights. A mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery and Hepa filter ensures superior indoor air quality. An air source heat pump provides hot water and the minimal heating requirement.

This project exemplifies our commitment to sustainable architecture and all that can be achieved with our forward-looking design process.

If you would like to know more about Passivhaus and our other sustainable architectural solutions, talk to a member of our team and discover how we can bring your vision to life. 

Reigate Architects Apprentice wins the Apprentice of the year Award at Reigate & Banstead Business Awards

A Great Night for Lauren Day!

Reigate Architects is thrilled to announce that our colleague, Lauren Day, clinched the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ title at the Reigate & Banstead Business Awards on Thursday, November 23rd. Dressed to the nines, the entire Reigate Architects team joined in to witness Lauren’s remarkable achievement and share in the joy of her success.

Read more about Reigate & Banstead Business Awards 2023

A Recognition Well-Deserved

Lauren’s nomination for the award stems from her exceptional commitment and work ethic traits. 

We are absolutely delighted for Lauren. This award is a testament to the depth of skills and knowledge Lauren has already acquired on her path to becoming a fully  qualified architect.

Local Recognition, Lasting Impact

At Reigate Architects, local accolades hold a unique significance, showcasing the positive impact individuals like Lauren have on Surrey’s local community and  business landscape. This recognition serves as a bridge, fostering pride and unity between professionals and the community.

Investing in the Future

Reigate Architects understands the vital role of apprenticeship schemes in nurturing young talents like Lauren. These initiatives contribute not only to personal and professional growth but also play a crucial role in shaping the future of the industry. By offering apprenticeship opportunities, businesses actively contribute to the development of a skilled workforce, innovation, and the exchange of ideas, ensuring the continuity of excellence in their respective fields.

Lauren’s Triumph: A Reflection of Excellence

Lauren’s achievement at the Reigate & Banstead Business Awards is not just a personal triumph but a reflection of the commitment and excellence that Reigate Architects strives for in every aspect of our work.

A special note of gratitude goes to nTrust Systems sponsors of the award category, and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council for organising a fabulous evening.

Congratulations to all nominees, finalists, and winners!

Read our instagram post – Lauren Day’s win

If you’re embarking on a new building project or considering an extension, we invite you to talk to a member of our dedicated team to learn more about how we can bring your vision to life.

Enhance your home with a kitchen extension

There’s a reason why people end up in the kitchen at parties – apart from easier access to food and drink!

Kitchens have evolved from being merely a functional space for preparing meals. A kitchen is now the most frequently used room in a house, serving as a hub for socialising, dining, and family gatherings.

A kitchen extension can come in many shapes and sizes, depending on your needs and available space. Whether you choose to extend to the side, rear, or ‘wrap around’ your property, Reigate Architects will help you make the most of your available space.

Natural daylight plays a crucial role in making a kitchen feel inviting and spacious. Our architects can incorporate skylights and large glazed windows and doors into your extension design, seamlessly connecting your kitchen to the outdoors. This creates a bright and airy ambiance, regardless of the extension’s size.

In today’s modern homes, flexibility is key. We can help you create multifunctional open-plan living spaces that can adapt to your family’s evolving needs. Your kitchen extension could accommodate additional rooms such as a utility room, a downstairs WC/wet room, an office space, or a cosy living/snug area where the whole family can relax and enjoy quality time together.

Some kitchen extensions are designed to modernise existing spaces while also providing much-needed storage solutions. Our architects can work with you to optimise your kitchen’s layout and storage capacity, ensuring a clutter-free and organised environment.

A well-thought-out kitchen extension is not just about creating more space; it’s an investment in your home’s value and your lifestyle. It can transform the entire feel of your house, making it a more comfortable and enjoyable place to live.

Whether you are planning to make adaptations to your current property or embark on a brand new home build, our experienced team is here to guide you through every step of the process. We aim to create spaces that reflect your unique style and meet your practical needs.

Take a look at our extensions & alterations projects.

For further information or to talk to a member of our team about your project, please contact us.

Falling Back In Love With Your Property

Home is where the heart is!
As life evolves and your needs change, your once-beloved home can start to feel tired and outdated. Perhaps your friends are settling into exciting new properties, your family is growing, and your lifestyle has shifted. The house that once perfectly suited you now lacks the charm it once held. But before you begin house hunting for something new, consider a different path; rekindling your love for your current home. At Reigate Architects, we specialise in turning your visions of the perfect home into reality.

Rediscover your home:
One of the most beneficial aspects of an extension and alterations project is that it enables you to create the house of your dreams without changing the neighbourhood and community you are familiar with. If you appreciate the benefits of living where you are then a home alterations project may be a more sensible option than relocating.

Addressing the niggles:
All those little issues that have nagged you for years can finally be rectified through a home transformation. By stripping your house back to its basics, we can address longstanding problems and discomforts. A new layout might open up new spaces, allowing a better flow throughout your home. Have you always wished for a kitchen that overlooks the garden or an open-plan kitchen/living/dining area that accommodates modern indoor-outdoor living? Our design services can bring these dreams to life.

Embrace the Future:
Technology is advancing at a rapid pace, and property transformation projects provide the perfect canvas to incorporate the latest innovations. From smart home systems to sustainable designs that can lower energy consumption, you can future-proof your home while enjoying the convenience and comfort that modern technology and sustainability can bring.

A Comprehensive Approach:
If you are envisioning how to maximise your space and add value to your home, our team at Reigate Architects is here to guide you through the process.

If you think it’s time to improve your connection with your home, talk to us today. Our team of architects are dedicated to turning your dreams into reality. Whether it’s a complete new build, reconfiguration, or expansion, we can help you with every step of the process, ensuring that your property becomes the home you’ve always envisioned.