Fresh Air, Fresh Perspectives: Benefits of MVHR Systems

Allan Corfield Architect, Construction Methods, Construction Professionals, Eco Homes, Self Build 4 Comments

Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery: A System You Can Rely On With changes to energy regulations in house building scheduled for 2016, there are more and more Self Builders sounding out ways of making their homes as energy-efficient as possible. Whether they gain the official rating or not, many strive to emulate the PassiveHaus building standard - which is focussed on ...
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‘A Week in The Life’ – Working for ACA

Allan Corfield Architect, Business News, Construction Professionals, Eco Homes, Jobs, Self Build 1 Comment

What's Happening at ACA? Since 2009, Allan Corfield Architects Limited has been steadily growing in size and ambition. Having started out as a one-man band supplying designs for home extensions, ACA is now a team of 7 - a team making great strides in the one-off Self Build home sector. Director Allan Corfield has forwarded his expert advice on the ...
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Digital Mood Boards – The Benefits of Pinterest

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From Ideas to Design - Is Pinterest the Key to Your New Home? Coming up with ideas for your dream home can be seen as the easiest part of the Self Build process. One of the trickiest, however, is getting those ideas onto paper in the form of designs. How do you communicate your inspiration to your architect, your designer ...
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How to Apply the Active House Concept to Your Home

Allan Corfield Architect, Construction Methods, Construction Professionals, Eco Homes, Self Build 1 Comment

What Is The "Active House" Concept, And How Do You Apply It To Your Home? Active House is a concept developed by Velux in Denmark, promoting energy efficient and sustainable living environments - whilst utilising natural light and renewable sources of energy. This notion encourages homeowners to reduce their carbon footprint, and often challenges architects to create innovative designs - in order to ...
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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at ACA

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The Benefits of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) As modern society continues to evolve with digital technology, the need for employers to improve the knowledge and skills of their staff also increases. Changing technologies, laws and standards can have a profound impact on industries - so being proactive towards these changes can be crucial for keeping businesses effective in their respective ...
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Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)

Allan Corfield Architect, Construction Professionals, Eco Homes, Magazine Feature, Self Build 2 Comments

What are SIPs? With the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show due to take place in Birmingham soon (22th/25th March), prospective Self Builders have the perfect opportunity to meet experts from every sector of the homebuilding industry. Allan Corfield Architects will be in attendance, and we will be offering our advice on all aspects of the Self Building process. We will ...
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Money Matters: Do I Need a Self Build Mortgage?

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Financing Your Self Build - From Savings to a Self Build Mortgage When listening to queries at different Self Build shows and seminars, a popular topic is finance. There are many people across the country who would like to build their own home, but a large number are unsure what their options are for funding their projects. Everybody has different ...
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Land Ahoy! – Don’t Lose the Self Build Plot

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Finding a Self Build Plot As contributors to many Self Build seminars and shows, ACA meet a variety of interesting people, all at different stages of their intriguing Self Build projects. Many have subscribed to the magazines, bought the books, watched every episode of every property programme on TV, and are bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. They've made their inspiration ...
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Helping Hands: Hiring the Right Professionals for Your Self Build

Allan Corfield Architect, Construction Professionals, extensions, Self Build 7 Comments

‘If you want a thing done well, hire the professionals!’ When laying out the plans for a dream home, sometimes enthusiasm can get the better of Self Builders. Giving in to temptation and taking on the role of project manager can sometimes hamper progress and can also have an impact on the overall costs if the Self Builder lacks the ...
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Collaborating With Your Self Build Architect

Allan Corfield Architect, Magazine Feature, Self Build 5 Comments

Learning to Collaborate - Choose, Appoint and Brief Your Self Build Architect As experts in the field of one-off Self Build homes, recently ACA have been busy contributing to the UK’s best-selling Self Build magazine – Homebuilding & Renovating. Our expert advice has appeared in the most recent issue (October 2015), and we have also had a blog published on ...