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Winter is one of our busiest times as clients either want their planning application submitting before the end of the year, or want to review their designs with family over the Christmas break.

Christmas came early for 4 of our clients when their Planning applications for their dream homes were approved just before Christmas!

Planning as always has been a whirlwind of excitement – we had 2 nail-biting planning committees in December where we presented 2 of our projects for the final decision… both were approved and received amazing comments from the councillors – 1 project is a new-build super home in the Barrowford Open Countryside, and the 2nd project is a new-build eco-home in the Wheatley Lane Road / Carr Hall Conservation Area.

The 2 other planning approvals include a large highly contemporary extension to a building of townscape merit in Wiswell, Ribble Valley; and a large barn conversion with outbuildings in Blacko, Pendle.

We are looking forward to commencing RIBA stage 4 and managing the construction stages in 2024 for these client’s dream homes.

In design news, we have presented a house transformation to a rural farmhouse in Barley located in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with some of the best views of Pendle hill we have ever seen! The house is a Non-Designated Heritage asset and the design rationalises the internal and external spaces, whilst creating a unique upside down house and panoramic views of Ogden Clough and Black Moss reservoirs.

In practice news, September saw our new green branding refresh and we finally got round to updating our website with some of our recent projects.

In construction news, a main contractor has been appointed for Higher Newfield Edge – a 9000sqft super home in Ribble Valley; and we are currently tendering a new build eco-home in Edenfield.

The end of 2023 has also seen us win a number of exciting projects to commence in 2024 including a new-build dream home in Higherford, a beautiful barn conversion on the Huntroyde estate, and a tourism scheme in Hurst Green.

With an exciting end to the year, we are all looking forward to what 2024 will bring!

Summer has most definitely arrived in the Ribble Valley, and it’s that time of year for BBQ’s,outdoor walks, and designing your new home! It’s also bat surveying season, bird nesting season and the perfect time to take some amazing photography of our finished projects.

In design news, we have just presented a concept design for a contemporary new build eco-home in the Carr Hall / Wheatley Lane Road Conservation Area; we are currently working on transforming a farmhouse in Ribchester located on the River Ribble; and we are also working on a contemporary extension and barn conversion to a Georgian dwelling adjacent to Cromwell’s Bridge in Hurst Green.

In planning news, we have obtained approval for a contemporary new-build eco-home in Edenfield; and we are due to receive the decision on our new-build holistic home in the West Lancashire Greenbelt.

As we commence our 7th year in business, we are currently working behind the scenes on what this means for ZMA as we enter a new chapter for the practice. All will be revealed in the next article…

Summer is a time when you can evaluate if your home works for you, or if there are areas which require improvement. One of our most popular requests when re-designing a property is to ‘bring the outdoors in’, as everyone wants to experience the great outdoors, making the most of the good weather and utilise their gardens to instead ‘bring the indoors out’.

Your garden is an extension of the internal space of your home, where you can create fully functioning spaces to entertain, relax and spend quality time with your family and friends.

When you extend the limits of your project to include your full garden, land or ownership you can create a home that works for you, your extended family members and even your business. Creating your home as a one-stop-shop for everyday living, family gatherings, health and well-being, and good old-fashioned R&R.

You may wish to add more wow-factor to your home, add a leisure space, create a family annexe, or even create a second home or holiday lodge for your family to retreat to.

Ready to start your own project journey? Tell us what you want to achieve, we will then book your free consultation and take it from there.

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