Planning permission for The Garden Cottage

We received a planning permission for a new-build home in South London! The creative design takes its inspiration from the neighbouring Art-Deco apartment blocks to introduce curved walls and landscape-format windows to create a five-bedroom family home.

After a positive response from the council on a pre-application submission of a preliminary massing design, we developed a scheme further adopting an architectural language that is exciting whilst also in keeping with the spirit of the estate. The requirements of the clients were incorporated in the refined layout plans.

A formal planning application was prepared and submitted with the help of a planning consultant. The scheme was reviewed during committee to address some of the neighbours views during the initial public consultation. The response of the planning committee was unanimously positive:

Councillor 1

‘Praise has to be given to the architect and how it has been designed. It looks as if the design has spawned from the neighbouring buildings. It’s well designed to fit within the estate, it’s made to look as it if it was always part of the much older original development.’

 

Councillor 2

‘This proposal is a splendid addition and good insertion, well mannered and works really well.’

 

Councillor 3

‘It’s really interesting to see that someone has made a real effort in the creativity and architectural links to the art deco language of the existing estate. All credit to the architects.’

 

Chairman

‘The submitted application is a welcome difference to the norm to see people going the extra mile to make a positive contribution to the particular context.’

BVDS on the Livingetc’s list of the top architecture firms in the UK

We are proud to be on the Livingetc’s list of the top architecture firms in the UK for a modern home.

Thank you to Livingetc for announcing us as ‘Best Architects For Small Projects’

To see the full list click HERE. You can learn more about our story and our team HERE.

The article shows a photo of our beautiful Fields House. Click on the link to visit the project page and find out more about the complete transformation of this Georgian Home in central London.

The Italian Job – in Stoke Newington

We are pleased to be featured in a two page article in the Bricks & Mortar section of The Times.

Click HERE to read the article and learn about the Italian medieval village and the love of food that inspired Martina and Joe’s home renovation.

To see the project page on our website click HERE.

You can also visit Martina’s Instagram page @thevenetianpantry

Two and a half storey house project feature in Dezeen

Nice to see our Two and a half storey house project featured in Dezeen’s article on ‘Ten well organised bedrooms with clever storage solutions’.

Get inspiration from the different storage ideas and clever bedroom designs by visiting the article HERE.

To learn more about the interlocking design of Two and A Half Storey House click HERE.

George’s advice for improving your front facade

Our director George gives expert advice on how to improve your homes ‘kerb appeal’ to Living Etc.

Read Livingetc’s ‘7 Top Tips From an Architect to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal‘ to learn how you can designing a better house front.

The feature shows a photo of our lovely Hawthorn House. Click on the link to visit the project page and learn about the lovely Gareth and Richard and their home reinvention.

 

Two and a Half Storey house mention in The Spaces

Thank you to The Spaces for adding our Two and a Half Storey house into their ‘Small space hacks: design tips for maximising square footage‘. Visit the article to learn how architects and designers approach tiny spaces.

Learn more about our Two and a Half Storey House and learn how an interlocking jigsaw configuration can give you an extra bedroom.

Tonal Terrace in The Wall Street Journal!

‘It Isn’t ‘Downton Abbey,’ but It Is the Perfect Home for Them’

We are extremely happy to be featured for the first time in The Wall Street Journal.

Click HERE to read the story of a ‘dramatic renovation’ in a time of pandemic. (or read the article HERE if you are not a subscriber to the Wall Street Journal)

You can find out more about Downton Abbey actor Zoe and cinematographer Benedict and how they created their dream home. You can also read more about the project on our website HERE.

Let’s hope we are well received by our American audience!

Domestika online course with George and Ewald

Learn to reimagine spaces with the principles of architecture, interior design, and the single-point perspective with our directors George and Ewald via their new online course, produced with Domestika.

Domestika is the largest community for creatives. Learn and share from anywhere with online courses taught by the best professionals in the world of design.

In this course, George and Ewald give you the tools and knowledge you need to create fun, eye-catching interior designs using single-point perspective drawing. Learn to design from a whole new perspective and imagine spaces that are playful, functional, and good for the planet.

You can view a trailer and download the course via this link

https://www.domestika.org/en/courses/2728-architectural-drawing-the-single-point-perspective/bvdsarchitects

Shortlisted for Best Podcast!

Another architecture podcast is shortlisted in the Best Podcast category at this year’s Archiboo awards!

Congrats to George and big thank you to Archiboo for the recognition!

The category celebrates podcasts that give a unique insight into an aspect of architecture and that are fresh, personable and inclusive.

Wish George luck and well done to the other excellent shortlisted podcasts! You can check them all out HERE.

You can find all episodes on our website or on the podcast website HERE.

DESIGN SURGERIES 2021 – SATURDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2021

We are happy to be a part of this years DESIGN SURGERIES 2021 hosted by NLA – Don’t Move Improve!

This Saturday you can get an advice from the award-winning architects behind this year’s Don’t Move, Improve! projects as well as kitchen and bathroom design specialists in 25-minute in-person one-to-one consultations. Taking place at NLA’s new pop-up space in Coal Drops Yard, the design surgery will offer advice for people looking to take on their own home improvement project.

Read more about the event HERE.

Have a look at our Two And a Half Storey House – joint Winner of this year’s Compact Design of the Year Prize.

Vault House in DeZeen!!!

Big Thank you to DeZeen for featuring our lovely Vault House on their website.

Read the full article here to find out how we added four brick volumes containing new spaces including a dining area topped with vaulted roof lights to a Georgian house in north London.

C.P.Hart In Conversation With BVDS

George and Ewald had the pleasure to discuss the importance of a design-led approach to renovating. The interview is part of C.P.Hart’s series In Conversation With, where they talk to some of UK’s most acclaimed luxury interior designers. Watch the video to find out how we achieve unique bathroom designs being guided by our clients’ taste.

Click HERE to watch the full interview.

Find out more about In Conversation With, HERE.

DMI 2021 WINNER! Two and a Half Storey House

We are so proud to be awarded the joint award for Compact Design of The Year at the 2021 Don’t Move Improve Competition.

Our Two and a half storey house is sharing the award with the lovely Council House Renovation from VATRAA Architecture.

Click here to read an interview with the clients. The project was also featured in an episode of Another Architecture Podcast that you can find here.

Big thank you to NLA London for this award!

Check also our two longlisted projects, Vault House and Field House.

“The clever half loft extension” feature in Houzz

When the owners of this house, another compact property on a housing estate, approached architecture firm Bradley Van Der Straeten, they were expecting a second baby. They didn’t want to leave the area, but couldn’t afford to upsize to a place with the third bedroom they needed.

The obvious answer was to add another floor on top, but the council’s planning department turned down the application to extend the loft, saying the house must not exceed the highest point of the existing roof.

The architects came up with the ingenious solution of building up a flat roof within the permitted height and, internally, creating two interlocking floor levels. The key was in using the ceiling of the bedroom on the floor below to create a sleeping platform for a new room above it (seen here) and minimising the depth of ceiling heights with millimetre precision.

Architect George Bradley says, “Although the project is very small and compact, roof windows and double-height spaces have been carefully inserted to allow for more daylight and ventilation, improving the quality of space for the whole home.”

An all-glass yet discreet new opening has also been added at ground floor level, which can just been seen in the first photograph.

The bedroom (the doorway is at the top of the stairs) also features an internal window, which can be seen on the right here.

“We designed the project to be made almost entirely out of wood,” George says, “enabling structural elements to also double-up as internal finishes, making the project much more affordable.”

Thank you to Houzz for featuring Two and a Half Storey House. Read the full article here.

A New Way To Talk About Homes, interview with George

The Architecture Firm Marketing Podcast hosted by Dave Sharp invited George for a lovely talk, discussing new non-visual ways to talk about architecture.

Listen to the episode to find out more bout the Another Architecture Podcast hosted by George, as well as The Two Architects, a pay as you go meet platform, developed by George and Ewald. Dave and George also talk about the importance of well organised marketing and social media for an architecture practice.

Dave Sharp is a remote marketing coach and strategist for architects. Find out more about him and what he does on his website vanityprojects.com

New build in Barnet submitted for planning approval

A project we have been working on recently has been submitted for planning permission.

The clients set a challenging brief to create two houses on an infill plot with large backland area bordering many other properties. Due to their different locations the two houses are completely different. The infill house continues the lines of neighbouring houses but with a contemporary twist while the backland house is based on the concept of a collection of garden buildings or ‘sheds’ clustered together and linked by glazed walkways to make a comfortable and very private family home.

For more images and updates you can follow us on Instagram.

Marketing In Times of Crisis interview with George and Ewald

George and Ewald had the pleasure to be on the Marketing In Times of Crisis podcast hosted by Ayo Abbas.

Listen to episode 17: Focus, Fun and New Ventures with George Bradley and Ewald Van Der Straeten from BVDS by following the link below and selecting your preferred podcast platform.

link.chtbl.com/MITC-BVDS

Marketing In Times of Crisis is an interview led podcast series featuring inspirational built environment business leaders. Listen to live conversations, jam-packed with hints, tips and takeaways that you can apply to your own business.

 

Shortlisted for Don’t Move Improve awards!

We are very happy to announce that or project Two and a half storey house has been shortlisted for this year’s Don’t Move Improve awards. The annual competition celebrates the best homes being redesigned in London.

We have also been longlisted with another two projects, Vault House and Field House.

Find out more about the projects by clicking on their names.

Two and a Half Storey House in the Grand Designs Magazine

We are happy to be featured in the Grand Designs Magazine! Our Two And A Half Storey House has a nine page feature in the November issue revealing details about the project and the challenges we needed to overcome.

If you want to find out how we managed to add another bedroom via a half height extension, you can reed the full article here.

Two and a Half Storey House is Highly Commended project in the Interiors category

We are very proud to share with you that Two and a Half Storey House is selected for a Highly Commended project in this years instalment of The Wood Awards.

You can see more info about the awards and all participants HERE.

Congratulations to all winners!

Vault House Video Tour

We’re excited to take you round our project Vault House in De Beauvoir Town. A re-interpretation of an end of terrace period property, located in the De Beauvoir conservation area, that has been opened up internally and extended with ziggurat-like brickwork forms externally.

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Two and a Half Storey House shortlisted for the 2020 Wood awards!

We are pleased to announce that our project Two and a Half Storey House has been shortlisted for the Wood awards 2020.

The Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Awards aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.

The competition began in 1971 as the Carpenters’ Award and was rebranded in 2003 as the Wood Awards. The Awards have had an impact on the architectural and design landscape, becoming a ‘mark of excellence’ in wood with past Gold Award winners including Niall McLaughlin Architects, Foster+Partners and 6a architects.

The Awards’ elite independent judging panel of professional experts and specialists not only judges the submitted entries but visits the shortlisted projects in person, making the Wood Awards as meaningful and rigorous a competition as possible.

Big thank you to everyone involved in the project!

Wish us good luck!

Finalist Architect of the Year Awards by Building Design

AYA awards, Young architect of the year.

We are excited to announce that we have been shortlisted for two awards at this year’s Architect of the Year awards by Building Design, both in the Young Architect of the Year (the prestigious  YAYA) and in the Small Projects Architects of the Year category. We are in amazing company for both shortlists and can’t wait for the ceremony in October.

Thank you to all our clients, consultants and team members over the last ten years, just being shortlisted is a massive achievement!

Read the full story HERE.

LFA Digital 2020

On Saturday the 27th June as part of the Digital London Festival of Architecture 2020, Bradley Van Der Straeten Architects will be hosting an online consultation day.

You can book your time slot with GeorgeEwald or Jessica here.

It will be a great opportunity for you to have a free 30 minute session with one of our team members to talk about a project that you might be planning for your home.

Whether you are considering adapting your home for remote working, you are tired of looking at your dreary old kitchen day after day or you are planning a big move or an ambitious new build project, we can offer you advice on design ideas, budget and timeline to help you get your plans kick-started.

Planning permission for Andrew Lloyd Webber Music Therapy Centre

We have secured planning permission for a renovation and extension to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Music Therapy Centre for Nordoff Robbins. It is the second time we have collaborated with the charity, after refurbishing their headquarters in London in 2018.

 

The centre will be expanded to provide an additional music therapy room and the exterior of the building will be improved with a new community garden and green roof canopy. Construction of the new centre is to start in the summer.

Two and A Half Storey House on Dezeen!

Delighted to see Two and A Half Storey House featured on Dezeen. Big thanks to our amazing clients, consultant and contractor team.

Two and a Half Storey House is our latest project that circumnavigates a local planning restriction by building a half height roof extension!

Dezeen is one of the most followed architecture platforms in the world.

See the full article here.

Trevelyan House in The Observer Magazine

Our Trevelyan House project was beautifully featured in The Observer Magazine last Sunday alongside director Ewald and family, Louise and baby Maya.

The article discusses the clever ‘room within a room’ layout which changed the way the space feels dramatically, while in essence, retaining the original apartment layout of this Grade II listed Denys Lasdun brutal butterfly beauty.

Click here to see the article or check the PDF.

Ogee House featured in The Sunday Times

Check out Ogee House in this weekend’s Sunday Times ‘Home’ section as part of ‘Home Improve’. The Times’ uses Ogee House as one of many beautiful, simple examples of single storey rear extensions to London terrace properties alongside the likes of Charlie Luxton Design, Mata Architects and Neil Dusheiko Architects.

The softly curved ceiling gets a special mention for its twist on the Victorian terrace extension, as well as the innovative reuse of the existing brickwork as a slip cladding for our Crouch End extension.

Have a look at the full article here.

Steampunk House in The Sunday Times!

We were very pleased to see our colourful project Steampunk House featured in The Sunday Times this weekend.

Featured among 5 other beautiful projects by Dominic McKenzie Architects, Amos Goldreich Architecture, Giles & Pike Architects, The Vawdrey House and Office S&M, our project is described as a more-is-more fusion of art deco, steampunk and Bauhaus. We’ll take that as a review!

Check the full article here.

The Observer features our collaboration with interior designer, Katie McCrum

Our collaboration with interior designer, Katie McCrum has been featured in The Observer Magazine. We assisted Katie to spatially plan the architecture of her beautiful garden extension, brought to life with Katie’s exceptional eye and palette.

For the full article from the Observer, click here.

See Katie’s stunning full website here or have a look at the project here.

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