New 5 bed house, Holtwood (Iconic AD, 2018)

AK Architects is a family business, offering a friendly service in a non corporate environment, providing sustainable design solutions for residential projects with both traditional and contemporary design. From feasibility and conceptual design through to production of construction details and project management on site, we can help make your project a reality.

We work alongside fellow industry professionals: structural engineers OMK Design, planning, environmental and ecological consultants MH Energy Consultants, with the intention of providing a comprehensive service detailing all aspects of your project.

We have recently expanded our business and joined in partnership with Iconic AD and are currently working on new  luxury homes in Oxfordshire.

Property Development

Change of use from C3 to C4 to create 4 apartments, High Wycombe 2014

You don't need to be a builder or have any prior construction knowledge to be a property developer. If you live in an urban environment and have a large garden, there may be opportunity to develop the site.

We can help to evaluate your sites potential whether it involves extending and sub-dividing your existing dwelling or demolishing and re-building. Corner plots are often suitable for new houses. 

If development looks feasible, we will advise on potentialbuild cost, re-sale and projected profit margins. Why not make the most of your resources! Call us for a free site survey and initial consultation.

Corner Plot Development

 New 3 bed house, Headington 2018

Site Plan


This 1930's estate in East Oxford is typical of the development pattern of the time. The large front and side garden to this corner plot provided an opportunity to the owner for develop the site by building a detached 3 bed house. Discussion with the planning department determined the style, which they requested to remain in keeping with the existing vernacular. Recently completed - the house sits comfortably within the street scene.

Planning Applications

Whether its a house holder application for an extension, or full planning application, preparation includes drawing up scaled detailed plans, elevations and section drawings.

Along with the site layout plan, the drawings illustrate the proposal, and specify external finishes. We can include a street view, or CAD model to further illustrate the proposal within the street scene. 

A detailed description of the principle of the proposal arguing relevant planning policies, the Design and Access statement is included where necessary.

We provide a fixed fee quotation for preparation andsubmission of the planning application, which allows for any drawing amendments, if requested by the council.

The application process is monitored to determination and we will keep you in-formed of progress through out.

2 storey side and rear extension, including refurbishment to create 5 bed house

This dethatched 3 bed dwelling circa 1960's was in need of a complete makeover. The footprint was increased to the side and rear to provide on the ground floor a large open plan kitchen, family, dining area opening into the garden.  Upstairs the two additional large bedrooms including master with dressing room and en-suite, provide the much needed spacious family accommodation. The elevations have been worked up using the clients choice of New England Style vernacular. The overall visual effect is a stylish face lift.

Existing and Proposed Plans

Planning Approved, Abingdon 2017

Single Storey Rear Extensions

The rows of Edwardian terraced houses in Cowley with their compacted layouts can be improved drastically by the addition of  a simple single storey rear kitchen extension. A simple design with clean lines and open to the exposed roof above allows ample light to flood in. Concertina bi-fold doors opening out into the garden further enhance the space by bringing the outside in.

Single storey rear extension, Cowley 2010

Permitted Development

Permitted development rights have recently increased. This means if your project is small, you may not need planning permission. This could be a less time consuming and less expensive option for statutory consent to extend your home.

We will visit your site and carry out a survey, then draw up sketch plans and elevations to illustrate your extension.

We will then consult with the council to determine whether your project falls within your permitted development rights, in which case a full planning application is not necessary and the required paperwork for permitted development can be filed with the council.

Building Regulations

Once planning has been approved, a fixed price for preparation of the building regulations package can be provided.

We work alongside structural engineers OMK Design, environmental engineers and ecological consultants to provide a full and comprehensive service tailored to meet your project requirements.

It is these compliant detailed construction drawings and specification notes that are submitted to the local authority for building regulations approval.

These drawings are also issued for tender to builders to obtain a fixed sum build cost price and construction using a recognised form of building works contract, such as the JCT Homeowners Contract.

Examples of Traditional Vernacular 

2Oak frame conservatories, Witney 2006

Oak framed conservatory to grade 2  listed cottage, Denton 2008

New 4 bed house,  East Hagbourne 2009

Sustainable Solutions

We are concerned about the environment and recommendations for sustainability is a key ingredient for any new project. 

We have recently installed a solar panel primary heating system in a 5 bed detached house. The solar panels run the underfloor electric heating throughout the house and also heat the hot water storage tank. There is no gas central heatingsystem necessary, saving on expensive installation costs, maintenance and approximately 3 tones of CO2 emissions per year. 

5 bed Eco house, powered from solar, Kennington 2017

This project was commended in the Greater London energy efficiency regional awards 2018.

This 7.4 kW PV system includes 29 Viridian 250W modules and 2 sunny boy inverters 3kW and 4 kw models. All the data relating to the energy balance of the system is accessed via the Sunny Portal App. In kW hours the information is displayed in an easy to read format, communicating daily consumption, external energy supply, internal power supply, daily yield, self consumption, and grid feed in.

As well as helping to preserve the environment, heating your home from the sun is financially rewarding! There are various government incentives and feed in tariffs available. For this 250m2 house, including the feed in tarrif the Annual electricity bill is £480. A Tesla battery technology is improving and forthcoming battery storage will soon enable the house to be entirely self sufficient and run off grid. An electric car is also charged from this system.

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