"Self-Build Subterranean House, Beckenham23rd January, 2019
Following two previous fouled planning attempts with our first Architect we were close to the point of giving up, we felt the Architect had run out of steam and ideas on the project so we made the decision to move on and give it another roll of the dice..
When we came across Stephen at Designcubed we were inspired by his own self-build on a difficult site in East Dulwich. Stephen offered to come down to offer some advice on whether to continue. Our site was in our back garden, it had many Tree Preservation Orders, was on a slope, and had tight access. As soon as Stephen arrived he was fall of inspiring ideas and couldn’t conceal his excitement to take on the challenge. We decided that night that Designcubed where the one’s to take our project forward.
The designs were amazing and after a long wait we finally gained planning approval with Designcubed’s first attempt. They worked well as the lead designers pulling all the other design professions together seamlessly and making sure we had a watertight design in place before trades started onsite. They also helped with obtaining quotes from trades and other specialists.
As a first time self-builder the help we received from Designcubed was beyond the design fee and duty of an architect and was very much appreciated in delivering this most wonderful house. I would certainly recommend them to anyone considering taking on their own project.