Barrakuda Designs have designed many original new houses for individual clients. A number of these designs have received regional and national new home awards over the years. We pride ourselves in producing house designs with style, flair, originality and workability, but above all, providing the client with a house that meets all their personal requirements and desires.
Residential Alterations & Additions
The art of house alteration design is to finish up with a product that looks and feels as though it has always belonged to the original, while still providing the client with a revised environment that satisfies the needs which drove their desire for alterations in the first place.
Residential house alterations roughly fall into two categories: character/historical alterations and modernizing alterations.
Barrakuda Designs have carried out many character home alterations where consideration must be given to protecting the original ambiance and historical period of the property. Although the client's request may be for more space, better flow or even modernization, the modifications still need to be designed and built with great care for authenticity in mind.
Modernizing alterations, of which there are some examples below, are generally where clients are looking for a 'totally new look', disregarding the style and period of the original house and bringing it into the 21st century!
Barrakuda Designs provides a full and comprehensive commercial design service, drawing on our expertise gained from a vast portfolio of successful projects, from shop fitouts to large scale development. The partners also draw upon a combined forty years commercial design experience working for respected architects in the commercial field prior to setting up Barrakuda Designs. The company has a record of excellent working relationships with various professional consultants and companies, an essential requirement when working on commercial projects.
Your Free, No Obligation Consultancy Meeting
That's right! Your initial meeting with us is absolutely free, with no obligation to continue with our services. This is a great opportunity to meet us and see if we are the team to help you achieve the successful completion of your planned development.
During this first meeting you will have the opportunity to discuss with us the range of possibilities available to you. We can discuss the latest developments in building technology and techniques, and we will help identify your individual requirements. Our full list of services is outlined below, but your project will likely only require certain aspects of these.
A Feasibility Study involves creating a block planning drawing in order to ascertain if the proposed project will meet local authority requirements regarding site / size, height, car-parking requirements, recreational area, etc.
The Preliminary Design Stage develops your project in Layout and Elevation drawings to the point where it incorporates the design features you require.
The Working Drawings Stage builds on the Preliminary Design to achieve sufficient documentation so that your local territorial authority can issue a Project Information Memorandum (P.I.M.) and Building Consent (permit) to allow work to commence. The working drawings will also be sufficient to allow a builder to construct the design and will include all relevant bracing, ventilation and services information.
Barrakuda Design strives to provide comprehensive documentation so that decisions are made early and changes on site are kept to a minimum.
The Tender Administration Stage will help you to short list suitable builders. We then collate and issue tender documents together with a letter of invitation to tender and assess all tenders received, highlighting any differences between tenders, so that proper comparisons can be made and make any recommendations, to assist you in making a well informed decision. We then follow up this service by sending out acceptance and non-acceptance letters to all tenderers.
The Project Supervision Stage involves administration and oversight of your project from start to finish, minimising hassles during construction. This service includes regular Site Visits and the issuing of Progress Claims and Site Instructions.
The request for original, individual joinery designs has become a major component in many of Barrakuda's commercial projects, especially when providing a full interior design service. Barrakuda Designs provide a comprehensive joinery design service for all commercial fit outs including reception counters, bookshelves, hospitality fittings, bars, medical surgeries, etc.
Barrakuda's interior design service helps you to co-ordinate all the practical aspects of both living and working spaces, such as layout, traffic flows, office partitioning, recreation and entertaining areas. We work with you to co-ordinate suitable colour combinations, which include practical choices in fabrics, curtains, upholstery, light fittings, floor coverings, etc., from a vast array of stunning possibilities.
Our colour consultancy service will assist you in selecting interior and exterior colour schemes for new or existing situations, whether in the home or for a commercial project.
Barrakuda's landscape design service develops outdoor spaces and structures to compliment your lifestyle and add the finishing touch to your overall project. We work with a number of garden specialists and garden centres who will make recommendations on the selection of trees, shrubs and flowers best suited to your location and soil type.