Scenario Architecture’s experience in Buckinghamshire began early in our history as a boutique residential architecture practice. Our first brief in Buckinghamshire challenged us to design a contemporary extension to a Grade II-listed cottage, just next door to the Grade I-listed Milton’s Cottage in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire. We were also tasked with obtaining planning permission for the project.
The process was far from straightforward. Early on, we discovered the Grade II Registered Historic Garden next door – the only cottage garden in the Chilterns with this English Heritage listing – would not permit such a contemporary extension within view. Our enthusiastic clients agreed to give it a go against all odds, though ultimately our more considerate yet distinctly contemporary design was eventually rejected at the appeal stage.
Still, more than a decade later, with several substantial residential projects in Buckinghamshire and nearby Hertfordshire, we are well underway to establishing ourselves as architects of choice in Buckinghamshire and beyond.
Among our current projects in the area, two new-build family homes provide us with the perfect blank canvas to showcase our unique approach to residential architecture.
We established Scenario in 2007 with a vision to develop a uniquely collaborative architecture. We take a considered approach to our clients’ desires, placing their aspirations for a new, architect-designed home in high definition. A beautiful, highly functional home is the product of a deep understanding and precise analysis of each homeowner’s unique lifestyle. That shows in our work. Scenario’s tailor-made homes tell the story of our clients – not ourselves.
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Starting your Buckinghamshire project
If you’re considering a residential architectural project in Buckinghamshire, we’re here to help, whether it’s a renovation, extension or new-build.
We’ve created a brief illustrated overview to help you understand each stage of the process, whether you’re planning a home extension, renovation or new-build in Buckinghamshire.
Most architecture projects in Buckinghamshire require planning permission from the South Bucks & Chiltern District Council Shared Planning Service. With our successful record securing planning permission from South Bucks on behalf of our clients, we can claim home advantage across Buckinghamshire.
TipDiscover if your architect has had success steering planning applications through your local council. Visit the “planning applications” page of your council’s website and enter the architect’s name in the search criteria.
AdviceTo help you understand what it takes to obtain planning permission in Buckinghamshire, we’ve created this helpful guide. Download it below.
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Working with Scenario Architecture on your Buckinghamshire project
Scenario Architecture is a boutique architecture studio focused on high-end residential projects in the greater London area. We tackle domestic projects of every scale and complexity, from interior refurbishments to full renovations and new-builds, through our bespoke architecture service.
Our friendly, experienced, highly skilled team can take you step-by-step through the challenge of designing your new space. We’ll collaborate closely with you from the initial design and planning through tender and construction to the successful completion of your project – on time and on budget.
Scenario is a RIBA Chartered Practice. We comply with the strict criteria of the Royal Institute of Chartered Architects, covering insurance, health and safety and quality-management systems.
Early adopters of the latest technology, we use 3D design and visualisation tools as a standard for all projects. Our experience shows that real-time visualisations and virtual reality are extremely efficient tools for choosing finishes, fixtures and fittings, and simulating natural light.
We also employ 3D building information modelling (BIM) technology to produce reliable construction information, so all our project data comes from an accurate, coordinated 3D model. Using this cutting-edge technology collaboratively with consultants and contractors is proven to save our clients time and money.
A Chartered Institute of Building case study featuring a project by Scenario Architecture demonstrates the great benefits of this advanced technology for domestic architecture.
Your Buckinghamshire project >> Further reading
Living in a city like London, you’ve got to subscribe to a “less is more” ethos – at least when it comes to space. One of the world’s oldest cities, it goes back millennia, and the bulk of its housing was built well over a century ago. With a heritage house comes responsibility and restraint.
The creative challenges and space sacrifices are not for everybody. And London’s home counties are too lovely in places not to consider. Buckinghamshire County is an ideal target for people who don’t want to sacrifice… well, anything, really. The robust network of public transit connecting most areas of Buckinghamshire to London’s West End means the commute can be easier than some areas of London. And in terms of lifestyle, it allows a family to expand – in terms of children and in terms of space.
With the Metropolitan Green Belt – the vast countryside around the Chiltern Hills – running through the centre of the county, development will always be restricted in Bucks. That’s not to say existing homes are not permitted further development. Just that if you’ve chosen a well-connected town like Aylesbury, Amersham or High Wycombe, the dense centre will be mitigated by boundless green in all directions.
As for the residential architecture, there is a lot on offer. Some of the most splendid stately homes dot the countryside in Bucks, from Eyethrope, the Jacobean manor owned by the Rothschild family, to Chequers, the Prime Minister’s 16th-century country residence in Ellesborough. The fine quality of the high-end architecture trickles down to middle-class homes. High Wycombe’s centre has terraces of pastel-coloured houses and tall detached Victorians peeking over landscaped gardens. Amersham sees rows of mock Tudors branching off its quaint high street. As you move further out to villages like Haddenham, Winslow and Cuddington, you’ll notice beautifully sprawling thatched-roof Tudor homes and attached or stand-alone Georgians with charming mullioned windows. Most of these communities have small historic town centres that stretch outward into new towns of pre war and post war family homes, built with the historic vernacular to mind. It is achievable to live within walking distance of the commuter rail.
For Buckinghamshire architects working with the bones of an original home in the area, it is not too complex to create a living space that meets the needs of a modern family. There will always be potential to expand outward from the kitchen or loft, or build a double-height glazed extension to let the surrounding nature in. For these reasons, many families leave their London flat behind and never look back.
In our clients words
We wanted to renovate our house in a conservation area in central London. Given this involved a complete demolition and new build with an extra floor on top, getting planning approval was always going to be tricky. Scenario did an amazing job on the new house ‘envelope’ and throughout the planning phase. We couldn’t have wished for better from them and having succeeded in gaining planning approval owe them a very big ‘thank you’.
Scenario designed a kitchen extension for us, and we are delighted with the results. The process was well organised, planned and delivered, and the whole team were a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend them for their design, planning and project management skills.
Worked with these guys on the internal development of our office. From start to finish they were great. They got what we wanted first time and really made working with them very easy. Their aftercare has been great too helping us deal with something that they were not involved with in the first place. Will highly recommend them to anyone.