Ewald featured in Swoon’s Inside Design Blog

Director, Ewald, and his partner Louise have been featured in Inside, the design blog of furniture company, Swoon. The article features Ewald’s beautifully refurbished ex-council maisonette, Trevelyan House.

See here for the full article.

Leytonstone House features in Grand Designs Magazine – February 2019 Issue

We are delighted to see a beautiful 11 page spread in Grand Designs Magazine’s Februrary 2019 issue on our Leytonstone House project.

With lots of full colour photos and an extensive explanation of the design and process – the article is a great overview of our clients fun, colourful home and their experience with BVDS.

Click here for the full article.

Steam Punk House in the Evening Standard

Our beautiful project Steam Punk House was featured in the Evening Standard Homes & Property lift out.

The article discusses the hotchpotch of different design ideas that can be found through the house. Along with the use of dramatic colours,” it is a joyful, fearless antidote to boring developer chic”

For the full article click here.

Planning permission for Bower House

We received planning permission this week for our latest Stoke Newington project.

The refurbishment includes a stepped rear and side extension, which houses a crittal fronted pantry room opening onto a new open plan kitchen and a bespoke dining space with exposed timber ceiling structure and framed views to the garden.

The proposals also include an zinc-clad mansard loft extension with ensuite master bedroom and walk-in wardrobe.

Construction is due to begin later this summer.

CAA starts on site!

We are very excited to announce the commencement of construction on our project at the Concert Artistes Association, a members club for entertainment professionals in Covent Garden. Established in 1897, this artistic club oozes warmth and history. We have been commissioned to upgrade of their home of over 50 years, which includes a bar and performance hall, highlighting the heritage and glamour of the club while also bringing it into the future with improved accessibility and way finding.

We are looking forward to working with our experienced project team; GMS Building Services Limited, Constant Structural Design, Optima Building Environmental Solutions, White and Lloyd, Quadrant Building Control and Goddard Consulting.

Uncommon Projects wins Kitchen Designer of the Year for Leytonstone House!

Uncommon Projects have won Kitchen Designer of the Year in the KBB Review Awards for our collaboration on Leytonstone House.

Alan was recognised for his beautifully detailed ply kitchen with navy blue fronts in the KBB Review category £30 – £50k. Congratulations to Alan and the team at Uncommon Projects on a deserved win!

Don’t Move, Improve 2019! Design Surgeries

Ewald and Jessica were on hand last Saturday at The Building Centre for free design surgery to advise and inspire Londoners looking to improve and not move! Run by New London Architecture.

These free consultations are a great chance for a chat with experienced refurbishment architects, set amongst the exhibition of the shortlisted DMI dwellings for 2019- delighted to be in the great company of some lovely firms like Archmongers and Con Form Architects.

Don’t Move, Improve! 2019 Awards Night

Last night, we were delighted to attend the very busy Don’t Move, Improve! 2019 Awards where our project Woodworker’s Studio was lucky enough to be shortlisted.

While we weren’t fortunate enough to pick up any of the awards it was wonderful to see our project in amongst such amazing competition. The very deserving winner of the main award was a beautifully repurposed Chapel by Craftworks featuring an amazing origami-like ceiling.

You can see the list of winners here or the full shortlist here.

The Don’t Move, Improve! 2019 exhibition is on display at The Building Centre on Store Street until end March.

Love Your Home & Garden – Episode 3 Screening Tonight

Following the airing of the first two episodes of Season 2 of Love Your Home and Garden at the end of last year –  our directors George + Ewald are back on screen tonight on ITV1 to improve the family home of a very deserving family in Swindon.

George + Ewald, alongside fellow presenters, Alan TitchmarshKatie Rushworth and Kunle Barker transform Nina and Steve’s living spaces to make their home work better for them. With Nina and Steve both wheelchair users, George + Ewald’s reworked the layout of the home for ease of use, accessibility and link to the garden.

You can catch Love Your Home and Garden at 8pm tonight on ITV1. You can also read about the making of Episode 3 in George & Ewald’s blog here.

Dezeen announces Don’t Move, Improve! 2019

Woodworker’s Studio has received a special mention on Dezeen in their Don’t Move, Improve! announcing London’s best house extensions! We can’t wait for the full Don’t Move, Improve! exhibition, in the meantime, see the full Dezeen article here.

Woodworker’s Studio Shortlisted for Don’t Move, Improve! 2019

We’re thrilled to announce that Woodworker’s Studio has been shortlisted in the Don’t Move, Improve! 2019 Awards. The shortlist sees an amazing line up of home extensions from architects around London. See the full shortlist here.

Back to where it all started – Love Your Home & Garden

Love Your Home and Garden- New spacious pastel pink kitchen extension presented on Love Your Home and Garden ITV.

This evening you can see where our involvement with Love Your Home and Garden started a year ago as the first episode of the show to feature our Directors George + Ewald will be shown again at 8pm on ITV1.

In the show, you can see how George + Ewald transformed the home of Manisha, Rajeev and Aryan, who has cerebral palsy, to create a more open, accessible space and an easy route to the garden.

You can read about the full project and see photos of the finished home here.

You can also read a behind the scenes account of the design process on the two episodes of the most recent series of Love Your Home and Garden from George + Ewald in their blog here.


Love Your Home & Garden – Episode 2 Screening Tonight

Following on from last week’s home and garden transformation, our Directors George + Ewald are back on screens tonight in ITV1’s Love Your Home and Garden, to improve the home of Anne & Mike.

At a time when more than 800,000 people now live in the UK with dementia, tonight’s episode will see George + Ewald, alongside fellow presenters, Alan TitchmarshKatie Rushworth and Kunle Barker transform Anne & Mike’s home to enable Mike, who has been living with dementia and Parkinson’s disease for the past 10 years, to get around his home and into his garden more easily and find comfort in a more dementia-friendly space.

The team will redesign the back of the property to give access to the garden with George + Ewald redesigning the confusing layout of the ground floor, putting in a new kitchen and widening the bedroom so it’s easier for Mike to get around and for the whole family to spend quality time together.

You can catch Love Your Home and Garden at 8pm tonight on ITV1. You can also read about the making of episode 1 in George & Ewald’s new blog here.

ITV1’s Love Your Home & Garden is back!

We are delighted that our Directors George and Ewald will be back on our screens tonight presenting a second series of ITV1’s Love Your Home and Garden. Alongside fellow presenters, Alan Titchmarsh, Katie Rushworth and Kunle Barker, George and Ewald will transform the homes and gardens of deserving people across the country.

In the first episode, George and Ewald convert the home of Benita and her 15-year-old son Josh, who lives with multiple disabilities and uses a wheelchair. As it is, the house is challenging for them to live in and prevents them from doing the things they enjoy. Like any 15 year-old boy, Josh loves the outdoors but due to the layout and restrictions in his home, is unable to access parts of the house and can’t get into his garden meaning he is increasingly confined to the house. Benita loves cooking, but the kitchen is too small for her to be together with Josh.

In the programme, George and Ewald create a new layout in the semi-detached house so that Benita can wheel Josh from the front door out to the back garden with ease and relocate the previous tiny, inaccessible kitchen into a state of the art glasshouse so Benita and Josh can cook together for the first time.

‘Working on the show with Alan Titchmarsh and the team has been a real privilege for us as architects. We both believe in the power that good design has to change peoples’ lives. To transform the homes of families who have faced consistent challenges and to be able to empower them, through their newly designed homes to achieve independence, happiness and increased well-being/comfort is why we do what we do” George Bradley, Director

You can catch Love Your Home and Garden on ITV1 at 8pm on Tuesdays.

Nordoff Robbins AJ Retrofit Award Finalist!

We’re over the moon to announce our project Nordoff Robbins has been shortlisted for the AJ Retrofit Award 2018 within the Health Category!

The shortlisted project is an award winning (RICS 2018) refurbishment of the world’s largest purpose-designed music therapy centre for Nordoff Robbins, housed within a 19th century substation in Hampstead London.

In the AJ Retrofit shortlist we are up against the big dogs in this award and are so happy to see Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre listed amongst some fantastic projects. This is a huge achievement for BVDS with AJ having a record breaking year with the number of entries. Winners will be announced on the 12th of September.

Fingers crossed!




Nordoff Robbins wins RICS Regional Award London.

RICS Regional Award Category Community Benefit

We’re over the moon to receive the RICS Regional Award in the category of Community Benefit for our project Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre. We were proud to be listed within a strong line up of great projects and architects for both the Community Benefit and the Design Through Innovation Category.

Big thanks go out to our fab clients Nordoff Robbins and our trusty team including Freeman BeesleyCity Heights ConstructionConstant Structural Engineers, Measur and Nick Whitaker Acoustic Consultants.


ITV Love Your Home & Garden with Alan Titchmarsh in Real Homes Magazine

Great to see George chatting about our first episode of Love Your Home and Garden transformation in Real Homes magazine this month.

Read the full article here.

London Fields Loft in The Sunday Times

Happy to read about our project London Fields Loft in Part two of Sunday Times Ultimate guide to building your dream extension — lofts and basements.

Read the full article here.

Photographer’s House in Sunday Times

We were delighted to see Photographer’s House featured in The Sunday Times last weekend. The article focuses on the different ways to approach a kitchen extension on a modest budget.

For the full article click here.

Oldfield Road In Real Homes Magazine

Real Homes Magazine features our larchy beauty Oldfield Road in their extension supplement. Have a read of the article on the Stoke Newington home in a larger version here.

BVDS Drawing Board now live!

The BVDS Drawing Board is now live on our website. Take a look at all the exciting projects underway in the office. In this new section on our website you can see our sketches of what’s coming up in the project pipeline.

See our Drawing Board here.

Nordoff Robbins Shortlisted for RICS Award

We are thrilled that our music therapy centre for Nordoff Robbins has been shortlisted for RICS Awards 2018 in two different categories, Community Benefit and Design through Innovation.

The RICS Awards showcase the achievements of the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment.

Winners will be announced at several events in May 2018.

ITV’s Love Your Home & Garden Series 2 underway!

George and Ewald are currently in the middle of filming for the next ITV series of Love Your Home and Garden!

This year we’ve been working with two deserving families for two separate special episodes. Working along side the same talented team as last year including Alan Titchmarsh, Katie Rushworth and Kunle Barker.

Lots more to come shortly!

BVDS are hiring!

We are looking for a talented new staff member to join our team – see the full job advertisement on Dezeen here.

Hampstead Apartment in The Telegraph

Our Hampstead Apartment has rated another mention, this time in The Telegraph on Saturday. The bold choice of brass worktop is the focus, we love that it is going to age with the project!

See the full online article here.

Hampstead Apartment in ‘The best home renovations and extensions of the year’ by Homes & Property

It is a nice way to start the year to see that Hampstead Apartment has been featured in an impressive line up of the best home renovations of the year by Homes & Property Magazine.

Have a flick through the projects featured here.

Hampstead Apartment In Grand Designs Magazine

Yahoo! Double feature in Grand Designs this month.

While an interview with George features on the back of the magazine, Hampstead Apartment stars as a case study in their monthly kitchen section.

In the article we discuss our tried and tested secrets of installing our fav bling material – brass. For the kitchen we jazzed up standard kitchen base units using a brass sheet worktop along with a bespoke brass welded sink, splash back and bespoke brass bar handles.

Check out the whole Grand Designs article here.

George in Grand Designs Mag!

If you turn to the back page of this week’s Grand Designs Magazine, you’ll find George staring in an interview talking about all things BVDS.

George chats through the story of how the company was started and how travelling with Ewald in a small camper-van taught them both a lot about adapting small spaces. He talks about Fleet Foxes inspired house extensions and where BVDS are heading for the future.

We think it’s a fun article that nicely sums up George and the workings of BVDS! So thank you Grand Designs for the feature. We’ll continue to be loyal readers.

A copy of the article can be read here.


Trevelyan House features in Home Building & Renovating Magazine

We’re happy to say Home Building & Renovating magazine have featured Trevelyan House in their ‘Talking Point’ piece. In the article Ewald discusses how the new configuration of a ‘kitchen pod’ successfully opened up the living space in a previously boxy feeling maisonette.

Thank you to Home Building Magazine for the feature!

Have a closer look at the article here.

Ewald featured in Hackney Today


Hackney Today a local news paper featured Ewald in their ‘Hackney People’ article over the weekend. This fortnightly article profiles the boroughs ‘great & good or just plain interesting’! Thanks to Hackney Today for contacting us and for Harriet Worsley for the great article. We’re proud to be working in this great borough!

Check out the article in Hackney Today here.

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