Find the best London architects

If you are based in London and are looking for a London architect to help with your extension, loft conversion, basement conversion or internal remodel, we have some of the very best London architects on Love Renovate who can help with your project. 

It's simple to find them, just simply select your location and find those that are closest to you. You can check out their previous projects and get in touch with them directly via Love Renovate. We also have links to their websites and social media pages, so you can check out even more of their amazing work!

Find a London architect

Rear extension by Pad Architects - based in Putney

Why choose a London architect?

The London architects on Love Renovate have a broad range of experience which will help make your renovation go smoothly. There are so many things to look out when renovating a London property, and a local London architect will be experienced and know how to deal with any of the local issues that may arise.

With so many beautiful period properties in London, it's common that your home will be based in a conservation area. What would normally be a fairly straightforward extension or loft conversion will likely have to go through planning permission. Your local London architect will know best how to succeed planning and get it approved on the first attempt.

Other issues such as the Right of Light can impact London properties. Particularly where buildings are in close proximity, even a small extension may impact your neighbours Right to Light. An experienced London architect will be used to dealing with this and will help you work with a surveyor, should you need one. They will also help on design solutions to help reduce the loss of light to your neighbours, such as glazed side returns.

The Party Wall Act commonly needs to be complied with in London, which your London architect will be able to advise whether this applies to you. They will be able to recommend Party Wall Surveyors who can ensure that your renovation has been carried out in accordance with the Party Wall Act. Homes that commonly impact the Party Wall include basement conversions, loft conversions and extensions, particularly if you are in a semi-detached or terraced property.

London architects are also so experienced in the style of property in London and making the most out of a small space, particularly when outdoor space is limited. There are so many beautiful period properties in London and your architects will have so much experience in designing something that is either completely sympathetic to the nature of the property, if you want to keep it looking traditional for example, or a really modern extension that will work so well set against a traditional style.

They will have great ideas on how to maximise the light, particularly in places such as London where the homes are often terraced and extending will only block the light even further. An architect will also help you make the most out of your space, how to make your home flow well and also extend seamlessly into the garden.

Side return by Loud Architects - based in Shoreditch

So what can your London architect do for you?

Architects can work on a huge range of work for your renovation, from simple architecture designs through to the full management of your project. Most of the London architects on Love Renovate will be able to deal with everything from planning permission through to working with the builder during the build. Here are some of the things that they can work with you on:

  • Design drawings to create your perfect home
  • Technical drawings which will be used for planning permission
  • Advise on and submit planning permission on your behalf
  • Work with a structural engineer on building regulations (many architects have an in-house structural engineer)
  • Project manage your entire project, including finding your builder and work with them throughout the build
  • Advise on other regulations including party wall act and right of light
  • Interior design your project
  • Help manage your budget

Basement conversion by George & James Architects - based in Bermondsey

What type of projects do your London architects cover?

Our London architects cover a broad range in style, from those who complete traditional extensions on period properties, to the very modern extensions if you are looking for something different. 

As these architects are all based in London, they understand any planning issues that may arise and how to best style the extension in order to ensure that your project is successful.

All of our London architects have so much experience on the common types of projects including loft conversions, rear extensions, basements conversions and internal renovations.

A very modern kitchen extension which we adore by nimtim architects

What should I expect to pay for my London architect?

The London architects that we feature on Love Renovate vary in terms of budget - starting at projects costing around £70,000 upwards. We also say you should budget around 15% of your total project cost on your professional fees, with architects being a large proportion of this cost. Architects will charge more depending on how much they are involved in your project, so if they are doing an end to end project management, expect to pay more.

Here are some more of our very favourite renovations by London architects on Love Renovate, to give you some inspiration...

Modern glazed extension

We love this modern extension on this period property by Campbell Cadey Architects. Traditional brickwork has been used for part of the extension, which makes the extension flow well from the original building. However, the flat roof, touches of oak cladding and the rendering make it very modern in design.

The large glazed window is deep and allows for extra seating, whilst maximising the light flooding in. There is also a huge sliding door and huge roof light which allows even more light to flow through. The extension itself is not particularly big but has allowed for a large kitchen dining area in this London home.

Rear extension by Campbell Cadey - we love the mixture of traditional and modern materials and styles

Fabulous small side return

Side returns are so popular in London where space is limited. Often extending into the side return which is often thought to be wasted space, can give you the extra width to make sure to give you the large kitchen of your dreams without using too much of the space in the garden. Many people combine the side return with a rear extension to really extend the footprint of their home.

We love the side return extension below where the style is very much in keeping with the original home, with the brickwork identical. The modern touch of the large window and sliding door allows so much light into this space. We also love how the flooring is the same on the inside and the patio, which makes the house feel even larger than it is. This is a really lovely example of how a small side return can really transform the home.

Side return extension by Amos Goldreich Architecture - based in Islington

Large side return

We love this modern extension on this period London property by mimodo architects. This home was lucky enough to have a large area at the side and have maximised the space with a very modern side return extension.

We also love that the home has fabulous internal crittall windows which lead out onto a courtyard - they add something very interesting and also let so much light in here. The modern looks continues in the interior which has a real industrial look to it.

Side return extension by mimodo architects - based in Greenwich

Modern rear extension

We love this ultra modern design of this large extension by Stylus Architects. The fabulous feature wall looks perfect set against the modern glazing and the smooth white walls. The concrete effect flooring also looks stunning with the marble worktops. This home is lucky to be set in a large garden, but features such as the corner glazing with minimal frames, to maximise the light flooding in.

Large rear extension by Stylus Architects - based in Richmond

Published: January 9, 2020

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