About Abbey Design – Its history and Experience
Let there be light
Most Architects and Designers have a design philosophy which guides them through to the finished building. House Extensions are no exception to this process.

Over many years I had worked for various architectural practices on large commercial projects. In addition, I worked on private domestic projects in my spare time to follow my love of domestic architecture. Eventually, I decided to work full-time on my private domestic projects. So Abbey Design was born!

Some years ago, as technology improved, I started designing open vaulted roofs with roof lights. This has become something of a trademark of Abbey Design. More importantly, what started out as a design concept to give a WOW factor to an extension, has now developed into something of a personal crusade.

I become aware of the condition known as S.A.D. (Seasonally Affected Disorder). This is a condition whereby people suffer depressive episodes as the days shorten in the winter and less light is experienced during the day. Now whilst a small minority of people have actually been diagnosed as suffering from S.A.D., I am convinced that the vast majority of people are unconsciously affected by the lack of daylight especially as they get older. When I speak to clients about S.A.D. they all instantly recognise the effect but had not necessarily made the connection.

Beyond this more profound belief, Home Extensions should be tailored to the individual family’s lifestyle. The issues which should be addressed during the Design process should include the following.

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creating a comfortable, functional, and enjoyable living space
The internal flow of a house can be evaluated by discussing a client’s style and manner of living.

When discussing design choices with clients, it's important to ask questions that help determine their lifestyle needs. For example, do they entertain family and friends regularly? If so, it may be necessary to create open-plan living spaces that allow for easy socializing or design outdoor areas suitable for entertaining. Do they enjoy cooking? This may influence the kitchen design and layout, including appliances, storage, and workspace.

Similarly, hobbies or workspaces should also be incorporated into the design if needed. A well-designed home should facilitate the homeowner's lifestyle, enabling them to pursue their passions with ease.

The internal flow of a home should also take into consideration any future changes to the homeowner's lifestyle. It is critical to allow flexibility for future changes by designing the home that adapts and changes as per lifestyle changes.

In conclusion, designing a home that compliments the homeowner's lifestyle is essential for creating a comfortable, functional, and enjoyable living space. Designers and architects should ask questions that help determine the homeowner's specific needs and preferences, such as their entertaining habits or hobbies, to create a home that complements their lifestyle. The internal flow should provide flexibility for future changes, ensuring that the design remains relevant for years to come.

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