The Office

Wight Architecture, Newport, Isle of Wight
My practice 'Wight Architecture' is now well established at 46 Crocker Street Newport, formally the Christian Science Church. We had to obtain Planning Permission for Change of Use back to Residential with Office Use as the building had not been lived in for 40 years.
The practice is located in the former lending library and bookshop.  Our town centre location is convenient for existing and potential clients who will always be welcome to pop in for a coffee and a chat.

It is probably best to call first (01983 241159) just in case I'm rushing out to another job as sometimes happens!
The practice has gradually grown over the last couple of years with the help of some great assistance from Martyn Smyth, Alex Zigalovs, James Howells, Julita Franciszczak, Graham Williams and Karolina Grenda

The striking glass gable fronting the new house in Baring Road, Cowes which was completed 4 years ago set a trend for similarly designed houses in the area. Good natural light is essential for our health and wellbeing and is often lacking in spec built modern houses with little fake sash windows!
A well designed extension can add value to your home beyond its initial cost. A botch job that has not been thought through can wipe thousands off the value. Employing an Architect will help you avoid this pitfall.
Having said that I am interested in tackling anything building related that you want to throw at me - I'll meet you on site and give you an appraisal for FREE!
Architecture, Isle of Wight 

1:100 Scale model for a replacement chalet in Gurnard
How it Works:
On receiving your email or phone call I'll arrange to meet - usually on your site / home / land to discuss your project in more detail and get a picture of what you have in mind so that I can advise you on the costs and fees involved.
Depending on the size of the job we can either agree fees there and then and I will write to confirm asking you to sign and return a copy letter or for more complex projects where you may want to obtain several quotes I will write setting out my terms.
As a rule of thumb you can reckon on building work costing between £750 - £1000 per square meter for domestic projects and around £1500 per square meter for services commercial accommodation if you go out to tender.

Of course if you are prepared to roll your sleeves up and build or even just manage the job yourself hiring in labour and buying materials you can slash Tender prices by around 50%. So an extension that might cost £75K using a local builder can be built for around £40K doing it yourself.
If you are thinking of building your own house, extending or altering your existing one a good read on anything financial to do with housing is The Housebuilder's Bible - by Mark Brinkley.
The most important thing to do is get the design correct from the start, saving a few hundred pounds by not employing an architect will probably cost you a lot more in the long run..........................................but I would say that wouldn't I !
Here are a few choice quotes about Architects:

“When a building is as good as that one, f#*@ the art.” (On Gehry's Bilbao Guggenheim as a place to experience art) - Philip Johnson
“Architecture is the art of how to waste space.” - Philip Johnson
“Among the planets of the arts, architecture is the dark side of the moon.” - Bruno Zevi
“ar-chi-tect "är-ke-,tekt" n. One who believes that conception comes before erection.” - Rob Daly
“Home is where you hang your Architect.” - Clare Booth Luce
Q: What would I do if I won a million dollars?
A: Probably just keep practicing architecture till it was gone. - The Management
“We shape our buildings: thereafter they shape us.” - Sir Winston Churchill
“All architects want to live beyond their deaths.” - Philip Johnson
“Ah, to build, to build! That is the noblest art of all the arts. Painting and sculpture are but images, Are merely shadows cast by outward things On stone or canvas, having in themselves No separate existence. Architecture, Existing in itself, and not in seeming A something it is not, surpasses them As substance shadow.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Less is more.” - Mies Van Der Rohe
“Less is a bore.” - Robert Venturi
“Less is more work.” - Patric McCue

“In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your left leg, it’s modern architecture.” - Nancy Banks-Smith
“The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.” - Frank Lloyd Wright
“Architecture is ‘frozen music’… Really there is something in this; the tone of mind produced by architecture approaches the effect of music." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist.” - Ludwig Van Beethoven
“Architect. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money.” - Ambrose Bierce
“You have to give this much to the Luftwaffe: when it knocked down our buildings it did not replace them with anything more offensive than rubble. We did that.” - Charles, Prince of Wales
“Commodity, firmness, delight...” - Vitruvius
“Believe me, that was a happy age, before the days of architects, before the days of builders.” - Seneca


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