More brick details, terracotta fans

A long time ago, in a construction technology far, far away, houses were made from thick oak beams tenon jointed and pegged, bricks or sticks and plaster to fill in the gaps to make walls. Often the filling was painted white and the timber stained black. This produces a very picturesque house that is also […]

This scheme replaces an unauthorised previous extension present when the house was purchased. So we can go a little larger than is normally allowed. Wired, no? We get a new kitchen with breakfast area and a ground floor bathroom so we can use three rooms upstairs as bedrooms. Nice!   

Ahh, the smell of tax in the morning! The VAT rules are pretty simple (well, not really). If you run a business and you have an income over £82,000 in a twelve month period, you need to register for VAT. You get a VAT number and you have to show your price net of VAT […]

It had a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green, with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle. The door opened on to a tube-shaped hall like a tunnel: a very comfortable tunnel without smoke, with panelled walls, and floors tiled and carpeted, provided with polished chairs. and lots and lots of […]

   Architectural mouldings – timber or stone cut to a profile of subtle steps and curves – serve a specific purpose. They allow us to get diferent colours from one material using light and hard and soft shadows.  Actually, this isn’t the Rainbow. That’s in Digbeth. This is the Hare and Hounds, right here in […]

It’s been a busy summer here at 1 Kings Heath Wharf, so busy in fact, that I am booked up for the rest of the year. If you have a project in mind and you really can’t wait, go to the RIBA website and find another architect. If you are thinking of a spring or […]

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