2013 has been an exciting year. Thread has only been in existence for the last three months but has been a long time in the planning and the New Year will mark a very important stage as from 1st January, both Rachel and Andy will be working full time for Thread as we start to push our work and build on our early success.
The theme of our work this year has been looking at how new and existing houses can be made as environmental and economically sustainable as possible. This started with our successful competition entry with Basket House for the “Self-Build on a Shoestring” competition and we do intend to push and develop these ideas further of affordable and simple self-build design from Thread Sheds to a possible new build. We’ve also enjoyed discussing ideas and themes with the other practices and designers who were shortlisted in the Shoestring competition and we have started to discuss the possibility of future collaboration on self-build projects.
Much of our current work is for Clients who wish to improve, extend and upgrade their current houses. Building regulations are becoming more and more stringent on the required level of thermal and power performance for new and existing houses. Our Clients have recognised how in the long term this can improve the annual cost of running their homes as well as give them the added opportunity of creating new and improved spaces that allow them to live in their homes the way they want to.
Alongside improving efficiency, briefs from our clients for their existing houses this year have included larger open plan family areas, glazed garden rooms, bringing more light into dark areas of the house and re imagining little used dead space.
Although new build can give you a blank canvas to start with, the re-imagination of existing buildings can sometimes be an easier and cheaper way of achieving the spaces that you need, and lead to exciting re-use of existing spaces! Next year we hope to continue this success and will be signing up for the RIBA “Architect in the House” scheme early next year where we will be offering free consultation for a small donation to Shelter, but if you’ve got new ideas for your house for 2014, we are happy to answer any questions you may have.
We hope you have had a very happy and peaceful Christmas and best wishes for a successful 2014.
Andy + Rachel.