Planning Approval for House alterations within a Conservation Area

Albyn Architects have obtained Planning Permission for alterations to this beautiful period home, in the centre of Aberdeen.

The existing house has been altered and extended over the years. This has resulted in a confused layout, with the main family space confined to the darkest part of the house and other rooms being underused.

A poorly conceived previous extension detracts from the quality of the original house design. Unfortunately this is the part of the house that has the most natural daylight, with views and access to the garden.

Following on from an initial consultation, with the client, Albyn Architects produced design proposals to address the issues of the existing house. Moving the Kitchen/Dining/Family space to the lightest part of the house, creating a direct connection to the garden. A new pitched roof replaces the flat roof of the previous extension, with a vaulted ceiling providing a sense of space, as well as flooding the Kitchen and Dining area in natural daylight.

The old kitchen is replaced with a new Bedroom, Utility and Shower Room, positioned in the darker parts of the house, with a separate formal Living space.

Both the client (and architect) are delighted to have obtained planning approval. Albyn Architects are now progressing with the building warrant stage and hope to have the project on site in Spring 2021.

Is your house in a conservation area?

If you are considering similar alterations, or would like to discuss any building project, please Contact Us to arrange a free consultation.

Feasibility – Craigiebuckler House Extension

Albyn Architects recently completed this Feasibility study, looking into the potential of doubling the footprint of the existing house and creating a stunning entertaining space.

Working closely with the client to develop a project brief, we designed an impressive double height living space, taking advantage of the south facing orientation, with feature windows overlooking the large garden.

On the 1st floor, a stunning master suite provides the luxury of a large En-Suite and Dressing Room. The gallery overlooks the living space and provides the ideal space for a home office – a new must-have in the current climate

What is a Feasibility Study?

A Feasibility Study is typically the first stage of any new project. This allows the client and architect to work together to investigate possible design and layout options. 3D visualisations are produced to demonstrate the proposed designs, and provide the opportunity to look at different materials and finishes.

Once a layout and design has been approved by the client, Albyn Architects obtain a cost estimation for the proposals, provided by a local building contractor. This enables us to provide Project Budget Costs, including professional fees, local authority application fees and any other expected costs.

Are you considering a house extension, but not sure what steps to take?

Albyn Architects can provide you with advice on the process and how to make the most of your home. Please feel free to Contact Us if you want to discuss your project.

House Alterations within Conservation Area

Albyn Architects have submitted a planning application for alterations to this house, in Footdee, which must have one of the best views in Aberdeen!

As the house is situated within the Footdee conservation area, planning permission is required for any external changes, including replacement windows, doors or rooflights.

Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historical interest. The Council designates these areas to ensure their character and appearance is preserved and enhanced. Trees within conservation areas are also protected and consent is required to alter or remove them.

There are eleven conservation areas in Aberdeen: –

  • Albyn Place and Rubislaw
  • Bon Accord and Crown Street
  • Cove Bay
  • Ferryhill
  • Footdee
  • Great Western Road
  • Marine Terrace
  • Old Aberdeen
  • Pitfodels
  • Rosemount and Westburn
  • Union Street

Is your house within a Conservation area or Listed?

If you are not sure, Albyn Architects can confirm this and provide advice on what permissions are required. Please Contact Us to arrange a free consultation.

House Refurbishment – New Kitchen

Albyn Architects are working with local kitchen suppliers Kutchenhaus to deliver this amazing new kitchen. Part of a major renovation project being carried out to a house on Westburn Road.

As Architects, we always like to show a proposed kitchen layout on our drawings. However, we also like to provide our clients with the freedom to select their own kitchen design and layout. Most kitchen suppliers provide a free design service, which allows you to choose the range, materials, units and colours.

The designers at Kutchenhaus prepared these amazing visuals to demonstrate the design proposals and (after numerous changes) allowed our client to select the kitchen design that suited the way they wanted to use the space, as well as their budget.

We look forward to providing you with more updates on this project, as well as photographs of the completed works in due course.

Do you want to alter your house to allow you to install your dream kitchen?

If you are looking to alter your home, or would to discuss any building project, please Contact Us to arrange a free consultation.

House Extension – Edinburgh

Just before the world went into lockdown, work was completed on this stunning project down in Edinburgh.

The existing house was extended to the rear, to create an amazing open plan Kitchen/Dining/Family space, with full height sliding doors opening out into the garden. The roof of the extension projects out to provide shelter to the decked area, creating an outdoor living area and plenty of space to host BBQ’s!

The loft space was also converted to create a spacious master suite, with large En-suite and walk in Dressing area.

We will bring you more photos to showcase this project once we are allowed back out onto site.

Do you want to look into a house extension project during this lockdown period?

As we are unable to carry out any initial consultations at the moment, Albyn Architects can offer to produce some initial sketch designs for your house extension. Please Contact Us if you wish to look into the possibilities and we can run you through the process.

Planning Approval for Garage Conversion

Converting your garage is a great way of extending your home. This can provide you with an extra Bedroom, Home Office or, in this case, it can provide you with the space to create an open plan Kitchen/Dining area, with separate Utility. Ideal for the modern family home.

Planning approved plans

Albyn Architects obtained planning permission to extend this house, in Westhill, having worked with the client to design a layout to ensure the house meets the demands of a growing family.

Sliding doors open out to the garden, allowing natural daylight into the open plan Kitchen/Dining space. A Utility space has been created in the adjacent to the Kitchen, providing that much needed practical area for any home, while the addition of an En-Suite to the Master Bedroom adds a touch of luxury.

Existing Plans

Do you want to convert your garage?

If you are considering a similar conversion, or would to discuss any building project, please Contact Us to arrange a free consultation.

Albyn Architects expand their team

Albyn Architects have taken on another member of staff, Stuart Alexander, to assist with their growing workload.

Stuart is currently completing his final year studying Architecture, at Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, which he is looking to graduate in July.

Stuart is working on a part time basis and is assisting the team in delivering both residential and commercial projects.

Read more about the full Albyn Architects team via the following link –

Mannofield house extension on site

It’s been a busy start to the year, with a range of projects at various stages. However, we find nothing more satisfying than when a project gets to site, as this is when we can deliver the design we have been working on over the past 6 months.

Clients often ask us why we work with certain contractors. We always say that we work with builders who provide us with competitive tender costs, can carry the works out quickly, and to a high standard.

This project is at the end of it’s second week on site and all the groundworks have been completed and the timber kit and steel frame have already been erected. The roof is going on next week, so we look forward to seeing some more progress.

Do you want to extend your house to create your dream home?  

If you are considering a similar extension, or would like to discuss any building project, please Contact Us to arrange a free consultation.

Approvals granted for extension to Portlethen Dental Care

Having recently completed the conversion of the loft space into further consultation rooms, Albyn Architects have obtained planning and building warrant approval for the next phase of the works – a ground floor waiting room extension, new entrance and reception area.

With continued growth, Portlethen Dental Care want to invest in providing their patients with the best service and experience. The new entrance lobby will provide a barrier to the outside elements and the extended waiting area will provide a bright and welcoming space to sit and relax.

Do you want to extend your commercial property?

If you are considering a similar project, or would like to discuss any alteration work to your property, please Contact Us to arrange a free consultation.

Planning approval for West End house extension

Obtaining planning permission for a house extension in a conservation area is not always easy, but having worked closely with the client and council, Albyn Architects have recently obtained planning approval for this house extension and new garage in the West End.

The existing house is a beautiful traditional property. So, when it came to extending it, it was important to create something that would be a substantial, modern addition. With the aide of the latest 3d modelling software, we were able to work closely with the client to produce a design and layout which suited the way they wanted to live.

The open plan Kitchen/Dining/Family area creates a central point of the home, with view over the gardens, with large glazed openings maximising the natural daylight

By using a mixture of high quality modern materials (aluminium windows and doors, zinc cladding, roof membrane) the extension is a clear new addition, working well alongside the traditional granite.

A new garage replacing the old dilapidated garage. With the boundary wall re-built from the downtakings, to retain the character of the rear lane.

Is your house in a conservation area?

If you are considering a similar extension, or would like to discuss any building project, please Contact Us to arrange a free consultation.