Category Archives: Residential Interior Design

Project update – Contemporary apartment interior design

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Work has recently completed on a contemporary apartment interior in Leicestershire. The apartment is within a converted 1970’s office building – an unusual building type to convert to residential, however the results are entirely successful. With bold use of colour, interesting wall-art and a beautiful cast resin floor, the apartment interior design is cool and contemporary, whilst also being comfortable and practical. Keep an eye out for it to be added to the project gallery.

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Second home new-build developments provide welcome relief amidst economic uncertainty

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According to a recent report by Knight Frank, the development of new build second homes have been providing the construction sector with some welcome relief during the recession, and will continue to do so through the current economic uncertainty.

  • After a slight decline of 0.4% in 2008 the number of second homes in Britain rose by 2.6% in 2009, to reach record levels of 245,384.
  • Knight Frank expects to see a further 2% rise in the total to more than 250,000 in 2010.
  • Forecasts by Deloitte and Oxford Economics suggest that between now and 2020 the amount of money spent by Britons holidaying in the UK is predicted to grow by 2.6% a year in real terms.
  • The amount of money spent by foreigners holidaying in the UK is predicted to grow by 4.4% a year.
  • Growth in UK tourism over the past three years has expanded beyond usual popular months with the highest growth in bookings seen in September and October, as well as Christmas and New Year.
  • 67% growth in nights spent in self-catering apartments in the UK between 2007 and 2010.
  • Growing demand is boosting yields. Good quality holiday lets typically offer between 5% and 7% gross rental yields, often achieving higher yields than properties let on shorthold tenancies.

To see the report in full click here to visit the Knight Frank website>

With increasing numbers of holiday makers looking to the UK as a destination of choice, it’s now more important than ever to ensure that the quality of holiday properties is better then ever. A good standard of accommodation is expected, both in terms of the quality of the development and the architecture and interior design of the individual homes.

The Heterarchy studio provide architecture and interior design services for a wide range of project types, for more information get in touch.

New Simplicity event, Brompton, London

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branca modern interior design chair

The recent event ‘New Simplicity’ based in Brompton, London aimed to bring together famous names and new designers in the furniture world.  Newly named design classics such as the ‘Branca’ chair for Mattiazzi were exhibited alongside new prototypes created using modern 3D printing technologies.  The aim was to show that ‘Even the simplest of things are made using complex processes,’ says curator, Nuno Coelho.

Classic products such as the calculator had been reworked to show that any product, no matter its age can be redesigned to become more functional and user friendly.  The main focus of the event was on simple functionalism in modern interior design and its associated furniture and products.  Many of the designers exhibiting addressed this through the stripping back of ornamentation of everyday products, focusing on product usability and function.  Hopefully these new prototypes and designs are as usable as they claim to be and are the future modern interior design accessories.


New Project Update. Luxury Apartment Interior Design

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Luxury Apartment Interior DesignWe’ve just uploaded this recently completed modern interior design concept for the conversion of a 1960’s office block into a series of contemporary apartments.

The building, located in Loughborough, is one of the more unusual residential conversion projects we have worked on.  The brief from the client was for a cool, crisp contemporary feel, with an essentially open plan layout that would suit entertaining and parties.

The design uses a high gloss lacquer red storage wall as an ‘island’, to provide some seperation with the option of having sliding doors to either side open or closed, dependant on what was required. The kitchen, which is very long and thin, is devised as a series of free-standing elements – this was essential to use the space but without having too many kithcen cabinets. Flooring throughout is a high gloss resin, being both durable and stunning.

To see the gallery page for this project click here – Luxury Apartment Interior Design Project Gallery – we’ll keep you posted on progress on site.

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Amazing 30 square metre, 24 room apartment design in Hong Kong

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Incredible transforming apartment interior design by Gary Chang

Incredible transforming apartment interior design by Gary Chang

This has to be seen to be believed! Hong Kong Architect Gary Chang has created an ingenious (if a little crazy) 24 room apartment out of his old family home, which measures a mere 30 square metres. Clever use of sliding and folding walls and furniture means he can transform the interiors around him to meet his every need. Check out his incredible, modern interior design maserpeice and watch a video at – click here.

Changes in Planning Regulations make it easier than ever before to embark on building projects.

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Since October 1st 2008 there have been some quite significant changes with the Planning Regulations in relation to private dwellings. Classified as ‘permitted development’, the parameters have been broadened to allow more types of work to not require planning permission.

With projects such as loft conversions or house extensions, there are now size guidelines, within which a project would not require planning permission.  The process a home owner must go through is ‘self certification’ – this boils down to the council sending out a very simple tick box questionnaire, if you answer no to every question then you do not need planning permission.

This all sounds very simple, which of course it almost is!  However, in practice we have found that it is taking a while for the planning officers on the ground to fully get to grips with some of these changes.  In certain instances there are situations where different sources of planning guidance are giving contradictory advice, or other instances where language is simply ambiguous.

What should be commended, however, is the conscious effort to make the planning process more transparent and accessible.  Central to this is the new and improved planning portal website –  Within the ‘general public’ section of the site are some very good semi-interactive, visual guides to what will and will not require planning permission.  You can even view the blog of the Director of the Planning Portal, and make your own comments and suggestions –

As part of our daily duties we use the planning portal website to submit our applications on line.  This is something which greatly improves the process for us. It’s still a bit hit and miss with the Local Authorities websites.  Once an application is submitted online, it is transferred to the website of the specific Local Authority.  Some of these are better than others at maintaining the online process, which should involve having all of the related documents available online – sadly this isn’t always the case.

To summarise, it is fair to say that there have been some definite concessions made with regard to what a home owner can do without requiring planning permission.  Combine this with the fact that the costs of employing the services of a builder are cheaper now than they have been for quite some time (there are a lot of builders with time on their hands) then there is no better time to embark upon a building project.