Architectural Design Services
Your vision starts here
Kingswood Design Residential was established over 30 years ago with the mission to make good design accessible to all. We offer a full range of architectural design services to homeowners, builders, property developers and commercial clients, across the home counties. We collaborate. We Inspire. We realise your project’s full potential.
Kitchen Diner / Extensions
New Build Homes
New Build Flats
Retail Premises Design
Conversions and extensions
If you love where you live, why move? Our aim is to transform your home with thoughtful design that suits your lifestyle and budget. Projects range from simply removing walls, rezoning and moving stairs through to single and double extensions, loft conversions and granny annexes. We listen and fully understand your vision, so we can create a design that is specific to you.
Residential new build design
We specialise in new build house design for any lifestyle or life stage as well as large scale new build developments. With over 30 years’ experience, we design homes you love to live in. Our team works with individuals, builders and property developers, providing a comprehensive service from concept through to building approvals.
With a wide range of commercial clients, our work covers factories, industrial and retail units, and community projects such as village halls, schools and church extensions. We are responsive to client briefs and respectful of the historical, social and environmental development of the site.
We know who to speak to and what legalities are involved to get your project off the ground. You can be assured that we continually monitor the district plans and keep up to date with the latest changes in local planning policy, so our team are best placed to advise you on what is required. We submit planning and building regulation applications on your behalf.
Start your project with KDR
The steps we take to make your project a success
We provide a free phone or video consultation (up to 1 hour) to find out how we can help! Tell us everything! What is your vision? What is your style? What is your budget?
Project brief and feasibility
Our feasibility study fee of £95 +vat covers an on-site socially distanced visit to further discuss your ideas, review the environment and setting, and provide a sketch drawing.
We develop the sketch into a concept design taking into consideration functional practicalities, required works, potential planning requirements and provide cost estimates. From this, detailed working drawings are prepared.
Some projects don’t need planning permission, but if you do, our full working drawings for planning and building control approval will be submitted to the applicable local authority department on your behalf.
The planning process usually takes around eight weeks and building control approval about four weeks. These two processes can run together, so you should receive full approval to start work within eight weeks from submitting the drawings.
Time to build!
With all planning stages complete, the working drawings can be sent to builders to get detailed quotes. We have a number of excellent builders that we can recommend for your project if required.
See for yourself
See our project locations
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With a previous architect we had a disastrous start to our extension planning and our experience with Kingswood design could not have been more different. Kingswood Design were completely on-the-ball regarding the design requirements and the planning application process. Design changes requested by the council during the planning process were speedily resolved and we are very happy with the final design and build of our extension. In particular John recommended an extra small window in our main bedroom which has provided extra light (and many friends have commented that it was a good idea). We have already recommended Kingswood Design to friends and neighbours.
Mrs. Brown, Oakwood Drive, St Albans
Right from the start they were responsive, delivered on time and managed the entire end to end process from design through to getting planning permission. I would thoroughly recommend them.
I have known Kevin Todd for about 25 years and during this time I have used his services many times and referred him to a number of friends and family. I have always found Kevin to be a highly knowledgeable in all relevant matters relating to Building Control, Planning Permission etc. He offers a friendly and personal service to ensure the client is happy. I would have no hesitation in recommending Kevin Todd and Kingswood Design.
Mr T Sahota, Prospect Lane, Harpenden
We were very pleased with the speed and quality of response. John listens well to our ideas but also asks interesting questions and will offer up other ideas although he is happy to let us decide. You provided accurate, competitive quotes and delivered against them.
Mr & Mrs Newbert, Beacon View, Northall
From the outset Kevin Todd gave us excellent service, commencing with fast full plans design and specification being provided, thus helping to pull the project back onto schedule. He handled all planning paperwork, seeing it through to condition satisfaction and full plans building regulation approval. This work was technically challenging due to the building age, the current building regulations, and mixed building use. Completion of the work, and seeing the design morph into reality, has left us delighted with the very high design standard and competence demonstrated. We have no hesitation in recommending the Kingswood Design service.
Peter White, Managing Director, Graham & White Ltd
Kingswood continually come up with inventive solutions to get more out of our sites, and they always put in the extra effort to ensure that things go smoothly. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough.
Mr P Hughes, Mayfair Holdings
Another great design from Kingswood. A brilliant service with great attention to detail. Provided inspiring designs towards difficult planning issues.
Jason, Victoria Builders, Dunstable
This is the second time I have used Kingswood and the third time they have worked on our property – that in itself tells a story. I find their approach to projects, small or large, to be extremely professional with a good understanding and interpretation of client needs. Highly recommended.
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