Matt Robinson Architecture, a practice specialising in imaginative designs using sustainable materials, has launched a service to help inform property purchases.
Matt has designed his Feasibility Studies service in response to demand from home buyers who want to explore the possibilities of renovating or extending existing properties.
Matt explained: “This service is particularly relevant for listed buildings, houses in conservation areas, or owners who want to tackle specific issues – such as sustainability, the use of natural materials, and minimising energy consumption.”
Matt works from his rural studio on the Helford River, and has a reputation for designing beautiful architectural buildings, including zero-carbon homes, straw bale and cob construction projects, and oak framed buildings.
He also specialises in garden rooms, including music and art studios; and landscape features, including follies and bridges – several of which he has been commissioned to create by The National Trust.
Other past projects include the oak-framed Wedding Barn and Bridal Suite at Nancarrow Farm, Tregenna Steps Artist’s Studio in St Ives, and designs for Dor Kemmyn Interfaith Centre, which has yet to be built.
Feasibility Studies start from £250, and will include sketch ideas for extensions and renovations, basic approximations of cost and timescales, and information on the planning process and building control; Matt will be working with local Estate Agents to offer the service to home buyers.
Matt explained: “Home buyers considering older properties or those with specific issues often find the process daunting. Purchasers want to gain a better understanding of the potential of a property, and the possible obstacles they might need to overcome, before they commit.”
He added: “My Feasibility Studies bring both imagination and realism to the process. I can show people what is possible, and also present an unbiased assessment of what is realistically achievable within the planning framework.”
Matt studied Philosophy and Psychology at Oxford University before beginning his architectural career in St Ives.
His architectural philosophy is based on designing beautiful buildings that will make a positive contribution to the Cornish landscape, that look like they have always been there.
This is achieved by listening to the client, working within the budget and the planning system, and knowing what is achievable.
Matt says: “I believe natural materials like cob, slate and timber offer the best solutions for building sustainable homes which sit well within the landscape, especially in Cornwall’s maritime climate.”
To find out more about Matt Robinson Architecture, visit www.mattrobinsonarchitecture.co.uk.