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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.

Buckinghamshire Architects Your Buckinghamshire project

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.

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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.

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Wrap-around extension and full renovation in Beaconsfield

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New-build house in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

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Sustainable contemporary home, Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire Architects 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.

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Buckinghamshire Architects In our clients words

scenario-architecture-testimonial-michael

Great ideas and vision to help with our substantial improvement of a Victorian terrace. In our experience Scenario’s method prioritises the final result. That may mean more professional fees or higher quotes from contractors, as they understand the exact requirements.


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Great, professional service. Good drawings and models and ultimately passed planning at the first attempt with Hackney Council. Would certainly recommend!


scenario-architecture-testimonial-kauser

Scenario Architecture have created an outstanding design and space that was beyond my expectations. The design was through their unique process of understanding the client’s daily scenarios and collaborating with the client to come up with a unique design. The design process is one of the most memorable parts of the process and they also stretched my existing ideas to help create this unique space. A stress free journey throughout the whole process which Scenario were indispensable by giving advice on many difficult design and build decisions.


scenario-architecture-testimonial-brendan

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-architecture-testimonial-michael-gauer

Scenario were great at thinking imaginatively and coming up with a design for a ground floor extension that was more ambitous than other architects we spoke to. They also helped us find a contractor who was able to complete the project working within timescale and our tight budget. I would recommend for mid to large sized projects with sufficient budget to allow for full utilisation of their creativity.

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FAQ

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FAQWhat is unique about the Scenario design process?
The scenario design process was developed, tested and perfected through over a decade of extensive delivery of residential projects within and around London, some of its key features are listed below:   
  • Scenario based design – We start each and every project with a meticulous analysis of our client’s vision, requirements and aspirations. We do this by asking our clients to imagine their everyday scenarios living in the completed house and describe their desired interaction with it. 
We then translate the resulting high definition brief into an informative and revealing 3-dimensional simulation, illuminating aspirations, requirements and patterns of habitation. 
  • Uniquely interactive - Our client’s deep involvement in the process does not stop with completion of the brief. Our design meetings are highly interactive, informal and fun. 
Sitting together in front of a real time 3D model of the proposed design with realistic materials, lighting and textures we push and pull the proposed scheme together to explore its full potential and drag and drop different materials to explore various options. hen we invite our clients to take a virtual reality tour through advanced equipment that is always available in our practice for our clients to explore their projects at different stages of development. 
  • Designed to reflect you – Based purely on your lifestyle, aspirations and requirements and free from externally imposed concepts, metaphors and pre-conceptions, a completely fresh and unique design will gradually emerge and it will tell your story not ours. 
It will not look like an image cut out of a trendy architecture magazine and not designed to intentionally impress anyone. It will feel familiar, warm and inviting and you will recognise yourself in it because it will be a genuine expression of the unique way in which you and your family wish to interact with it and enjoy it for many years to come.

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FAQWhat is Scenario’s approach to planning?
Planning in the U.K in general and in Greater London in particular is admittedly a tricky business. It is a complex maze of policies, standards and regulations that requires specialised and up to date knowledge and skills to navigate successfully.  Over the years we developed a strong approach and an effective methodology, allowing us to maintain an outstanding track record stretching over more than a decade. Successfully securing planning permission for our clients across Greater London and the Home Counties.  The key aspects of our approach to planning are listed below: 
  • Collaborative – We start the conversation with planners early and advise most of our clients to seek pre-planning advice prior to submission of a full planning application. Our experience shows that when properly consulted and liaised with, most planning case officers will be receptive to conduct a professional dialogue, increasing chances of successes. 
  • Strategic – We tailor a custom planning strategy for each project based on its circumstances such as planning history, local context and specific challenging elements. We sometimes split applications or introduce minor tweaks to the scheme during the consideration period in conversation with the officers to prevent one contentious element from jeopardising approval of the main scheme.
  • Professional – Our experience shows that the quality and clarity of the submission in terms of background research, planning history of the property and context, precedent and of course the arguments presented to support the case has a tremendous effect on success rate. 

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FAQWhat is Scenario’s approach to sustainability?
In the past, it was common practice for local authorities to impose sustainability standards on residential developments. However, the 2015 Deregulation Act removed the obligation on local authorities to require any standard at all, which means the only requirements having fallen back to those of the Building Regulations.  With no clear and improved targets to work towards, in collaboration with Envision (www.envisioneco.com), we have created optional Sustainability ‘Levels’ to offer our clients the chance to drastically improve the sustainability credentials of their home. These ‘Levels’ encompassing Bronze, Silver, Gold and Diamond, traverse a clear and applicable route from basic compliance with current Building Regulations all the way to the full and rigorous HQM (Home Quality Mark) certification within Level Diamond. As the packages become more elaborate in terms of sustainability, analysis and implemented measures, they provide increasing tangible benefits. Ranging from thermal and acoustic comfort and wellbeing, to reduced carbon foot print, savings on running costs and significant advantages through the planning process.  The more elaborate packages obviously entail higher cost in terms of professional fees as well as impact on the construction cost, although each sustainability ‘Level’ will endeavour to not overly burden the construction budget.