Studio Greenstone is an architecture and interior design atelier working between the UK and the south of France. We work remotely using 3D design software to develop projects from conception to completion.
Our philosophy is based on sustainable heritage. We prefer to revise rather than replace. When working with existing buildings, we honour what has been done before and ensure our approach is ecologically conscious and complimentary. For new buildings, we follow passive design principles that make the most use of natural resources such as solar gains, geothermal energy and prevailing winds. Every project is unique and thoroughly rooted in research of place, history and context.
Through our attention to detail, we seek to answer all of your individual needs whilst respecting your project budget. We will work closely with you on a regular basis to ensure that you are fully aware of the financial implications of each and every design decision. Our aim is to provide functional spaces that do not compromise on comfort, beauty or harmony.
Whether you are constructing a new building or adapting an existing property, we offer a variety of architectural design services to guide you through the design, planning and construction processes. We have subcategorised these into three typical building phases: Pre-planning, Planning, and Post-planning.
Project brief - Consultation
We will ask questions, listen and understand what you are trying to achieve. This will culminate with a formal Project Brief that summarises our understanding of your needs and aspirations for the project.
Concept design - Feasibility Report
We undertake some preliminary appraisals to assess the feasibility of the project. This is in order to understand as much about the building as possible before we proceed to make initial design proposals. Ideally it includes as much of the site's history as we can find, along with any relevant planning history of the property. This will inform if, how and why modifications have been carried out.
The report allows us to propose design options that could be considered 'feasible'. We will produce a series of sketch plans, sections and elevations that illustrate the general massing and layout of the proposed design.
Detailed design - Planning Drawings
The planning drawings transform concept designs into something that can actually get built. A planning package typically includes plans, sections and elevations at varying scales from 1:500 to 1:50, along with 3D isometric views and exterior & interior perspectives.
Once agreed, the design will be submitted for planning approval by the local authority.
Technical design - Tender Documentation
Following the planning outcome, we can produce all the drawings, details and schedules required to be able to tender to builders for an estimated construction price.
Construction - Building works
Our registered Architect’s will oversee the construction and ensure the building is built to the design that was agreed at earlier stages. We will carry out regular inspections & site visits, monitor progress, deal with site queries, instruct any additional work and ensure the materials and workmanship meet acceptable standards.
We also offer interior design input as a separate service. This can include room furnishing layouts, colours & moods, joinery & detailing, architectural lighting and furniture schedules.
For those with difficulty imagining the built environment, we also offer a visualisation service to help you understand your project better. This can be to varying detail, illustrating both internal and external spaces.