building plans

Planning permission vs a building warrant: what is the difference?

There is often misunderstanding around planning permission and building warrants, with many people believing that they are the same thing – in this blog, we’ll outline the main distinctions between building warrants and planning permission, so that you know which one you might need for your project and the consequences of not gaining permissions.

Montrose Playhouse Project: From swimming pool to cinema!

The work of Crawford Architecture varies widely on a day to day basis – from domestic extensions to custom built homes, house builders to large oil and gas projects, we’ve seen several unique projects over the years. But we have never seen a disused swimming pool transformed into a cinema! The Montrose Playhouse Project was the brainchild of our very …

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What restrictions do I need to consider when choosing my windows for a listed property?

Your windows are central to the character of your home and replacing them using a different style or material may have a negative impact on the appearance of your building, especially in the eyes of the planning authority. Where possible, you should aim to repair or refurbish the windows in a listed or conservation area building – retaining the original features is always preferable. In this blog, we’ll look at the restrictions that you might face when replacing windows in a listed or conservation area building, and how you can navigate these limitations to get the most from your windows.

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What height should a window be from the floor? The considerations of diversifying from the UK average.

You’ve probably not thought much about the sill or head height of your window until you started planning for your home improvements. In the UK you will find the vast majority of homes will position their sill height at roughly the same placement (variable by room type) and the top of their window (head) will be aligned to the top of their doorways (2040mm from floor). However this doesn’t need to be the case. In this article we will highlight the key considerations of increasing the window size in your room.

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Windows: What is the best window frame material?

Window frames come in a good selection of materials, each with their unique set of attributes that impact it’s performance. The energy efficiency and architectural design of our homes is greatly affected by windows, however the cost of windows varies depending on the frame material and window style. In this article we will look to discuss the advantages & disadvantages of the most common window frame materials so that you can weigh up your choices easily.

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10 Reasons To Choose Crawford Architecture For Your Next Building Project.

Whether you are an experienced developer planning for your next project or this is your first construction experience, choosing the correct architectural team for your project is paramount to its success. Architectural design teams are involved in construction projects from the earliest stages right through to completion. Throughout this process they are using a blend of creative and technical skills …

How to Choose an Architectural Designer

Five key questions to consider when choosing an Architect. Your architect will have one of the most significant impacts on your building project. Whether you have an existing property you wish to enhance, a plot of land you wish to develop or have a sensitive listed building re-vamp—it is important to be convinced that you have chosen the best architect …

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Meeting your Architectural Designer for the First Time?

In the first meeting, your architect should talk to you about your building project, they should be interested in finding out more about you and your requirements. It is key that you communicate your needs and explain any possible issues – give your architect as much information as possible, perhaps jot some notes down before you arrive.  What should I …