Nov 2016

Start Over – New Build House

by Kevin Walters

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Start Over – New Build House.

Walters Architects have been commissioned to design a new build family home for a private client in Leicestershire. The site is in a Conservation Area where an existing house already stands. The current home is in poor condition and not particularly attractive so we intend to demolish it to make way for our new proposal. We have already submitted a ‘Pre Planning’ application which was met with a positive reaction by the Local Authorities Planning department. We find this staged approach is the best way to inform any detailed design and it helps no end in achieving successful decisions.

The client and the practice are delighted with the new design for a 3 storey detached Mock Tudor style house. Our proposal includes 5 bedroom, one en -suite, two family bathrooms, a study, utility, walk in larder and a large family kitchen/diner. The external materials include Swithland stone, brick, lime plaster and oak framing with powder coated aluminium windows.

The site is quite narrow and the house is set towards the rear so the setting and approach to the house is pretty dramatic. The benefit of inserting a new home on an existing site is that the landscaping is already established which gives a better sense of belonging. The previous owners were clearly keen gardeners so little we are keen to preserve the current landscaping.

Also, as part of the same application, we have designed a timber framed triple garage with log store, external stair case and office above. This structure will be placed to the front of the site under a rather attractive oak tree.

All relevant planning information should be ready for this Friday (including these visuals) when we intend to make the full application.

Walters Architects have built within this particular Conservation Area a couple of times and have real strong relationships with the local planing authority and their Conservation team. That said, we still need you to wish us luck.

Deja Vu

by Kevin Walters

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Walters Architects have been approached by a new client who have asked us to resubmit a planning application for a design we had approval for nearly 5 years ago.

The original application had lapsed (approvals are only valid for 3 years now, not 5) and the new clients were made aware of our practice via the councils website whilst researching the sites planning history.

An alternative design was recently put forward but the planners informed the client that our practice had better ideas for the location and suggested they talk to us directly as we had been successful in the past and the alternative scheme was unlikely to gain approval.

The site is part of a tight back garden development within a Conservation Area ( we love Conservation Areas) and the access, parking and amenity space were all  problematic. Our proposal is for a small house in a contemporary style which adds to the character of the area in a positive way without appearing pastiche or as a diluted version of the fine Victorian architecture which surrounds it.

We are just pleased that the house may now get built. Fingers crossed.

Self Build Annex Conversion

by Kevin Walters



Walters Architects have been helping a domestic client with their self build garage conversion. The intention was to convert an existing garage into a self contained annex for the clients mother. Following a successful planning application and a detailed building control approval the client set straight to it. At first we thought the project may be a little too ambitious for the client, who have had no previous building experience, but oh how wrong we were. Our clients have been unbelievably proactive, open minded, attentive and they have put in a tremendous amount of hard work. Whilst the project has taken a while (learning on the job will do that) they are making fantastic progress. They have even found time to write a blog about the experience. If you’re thinking about taking on a small conversion or self build we suggest you take a look at their link Good luck folks.

Contain yourselves…

by Kevin Walters

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Contain yourself…Walters Architects are proposing a single storey house extension in a suburban area of Leicester made of shipping containers. The containers will be clad externally with exposed timber and insulated internally via stud walls. The containers cost around £2k each (for a good one) and you can buy components for them such as ventilation grills, windows and doors. They come in two standard lenghts of 6,060mm and 12,200mm. They’re 2,590mm high and are 2,430mm wide. You can buy taller versions called ‘High Cubes which are 2,890mm high but the standard container is usually 2,590mm high. Some completed examples look amazing and there are even books on the subject of how to convert them. This may reduce the cost of an average extension considerably. Want to give it a try?

New Build Farm House

by Kevin Walters

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We popped out to check progress on this little cutie yesterday. It was a very cold visit. Come on, get the windows in boys.

New Year, New Project

by Kevin Walters


The interior design project to this Grade II Listed Building in Leicestershire has been let and works are due to start in January 2017. We can’t wait to get this one underway.

Finished Project

by Kevin Walters

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Just had a few photographs taken for the website. This is a two storey kitchen and bedroom extension in Leicestershire. We also secured Planning Permission and Building Control approval for a new garage with hobby room above. We think it looks great.