The opportunity to build a house in or around London is a unique prospect packed with potential. But it requires an architect who understands your vision, your lifestyle and the local protocol. Scenario Architecture has been designing high-end, hard-working contemporary homes across London for more than a decade. One of the top small self-build architects in the city, Scenario has featured in Elle Decoration, Dezeen and Houzz, and its modern house design has been shortlisted for several prestigious architecture prizes – including the 2018 RIBA London Awards. When you build a house in London, Scenario is a skilled and proven partner.
We established our boutique firm in 2007 with a vision to develop a uniquely collaborative architecture, where clients who wish to build a house get a high-functioning first-class partner. Devising a liveable, modern house design is the product of a deep understanding of each homeowner’s unique lifestyle. That shows in our house design, and it’s made Scenario one of the best small self-build architects in London.
Build a House >> Your intention to build a house
Build a house in London
If you plan to build a house in or around London, Scenario is here to help.
Most architecture projects in London require planning permission from the local council. With our successful record securing planning permission for self-build projects on behalf of our clients, we can claim home advantage across the capital.
We’ve created a brief illustrated overview to help you understand each stage of the self-build process.
To help you understand what it takes to obtain planning permission to build a house in London, we’ve created this helpful guide. Download it below.
This guide is suitable for anyone requiring consent from the local council to build a house or alter a home. It reviews the nuts and bolts of UK planning and strategies for successfully navigating it, based on our own extensive experience.
Build a House >> Build a house with Scenario Architecture
Working with Scenario Architecture to build a house London
Scenario is a boutique architecture studio focused on high-end self-build projects in and around London. Through our bespoke modern house design service, we tackle projects of every scale and complexity, from new-builds and full renovations down to interior alterations and refurbishments.
Our highly skilled team can walk you through the steps required to build a house. We collaborate closely with our clients from the initial drawings, detail design and planning through tender and construction to the project’s successful completion. On time and on budget.
We use innovative 3D design and visualisation tools as a standard for all projects. Our experience shows that real-time visualisations and virtual reality are efficient tools for choosing finishes, fixtures and fittings, and simulating natural light. And our expertise with 3D building information modelling (BIM) technology produces 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 saves our clients time and money.
A Chartered Institute of Building case study featuring a Scenario project demonstrates the great benefits of this advanced technology for domestic architecture.
Scenario Architecture 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.
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Build a House >> 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.
Building your own home in London
As a nation, many of us are interested in building our own homes rather than buying property that already exists. This is understandable because we tend to have specific wants and needs from a home and it’s much easier to achieve them when you’re building a home from the ground up, exactly how you want it. There are various things you should know about and consider before trying to build our own home in London though, and we’re going discuss them here…
Understand the Challenges Ahead
There are many challenges ahead if you want to build a home in London but thankfully we’re experts in this field and here to help you through all of the stages. First of all, a mortgage for a self build differs from a mortgage you would use to buy a house because with a self build mortgage the money is released in stages as the build progresses. Most lenders will only loan you up to 75% of the plot value and 60% of the build cost. Planning permission is the next hurdle and we’re highly skilled to help you overcome this. Just take a look at our downloadable eBook for more information.
Finding a Plot and Getting Permission to Build
When you have the financing in place, you can start searching for a plot of land that will be suitable for building your home on. You’ll want to register for the Right to Build with the local council authority because that will help with finding a plot. You can also seek help from an estate agent. You’ll then need to seek planning permission for your home which we can help with. Follow our tips in the Planning Permission eBook and ask us for advice. You’ll find helpful information at the Self Build Portal.
Insurance and Tax
It’s wise to find a self-build insurance policy to secure you from unforeseen events. This will protect you from fire, theft, weather damage; public liability should also be covered by your policy. You should also be as clear as you can be about how much stamp duty you’ll need to pay when building and completing the property. You can apply for a VAT refund on building materials and services if you’re building a new home or converting a property into a home so keep that in mind with your calculations. Not all materials and services include VAT so you’ll need to budget for individual items.
More information at https://www.gov.uk/vat-building-new-home
Build a House
Building a house of your own in London is a huge task to take on, but it’s no surprise more and more people are finding it an appealing prospect. If you need some advice before you start your research, speak to our friendly team.