Bristol based, Adam Harris is a Chartered Architect and Planning Advisor; specialising in residential domestic scale projects (home psychology, refurbishment, renovation, new build, self build and bespoke houses) and planning sensitive development, serving the South West & Wales (Bristol, Bath, Gloucester, Chepstow, Monmouth, Newport, Cardiff and Swansea)

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We believe that buildings should be built sustainably. Just this, to show respect to our ailing planet.


These buildings provide the healthiest environment for their inhabitants and respect the landscape they rest in.


They are warm, cosy, well ventilated but draught free. They are well designed and proportioned, built of natural materials that improve with age like a favourite bag or jumper. They cost nothing to run and are a pleasure to maintain because they are truly cherished by their owners. Put simply, they are a joy and not a burden.


The ideal building would be ecologically designed with a zero carbon footprint. It would also be made of healthy, recycled materials. We believe that sustainable building design, technologies, and materials should be within reach of everybody and we are doing our best to ensure that this happens soon for the sake of our planet.


Design

The first stage of the process is to arrange the spaces on the site in response to their environment.


Certain rooms will face the sun and absorb its warmth, walls facing north may be thick or earth-sheltered. We like courtyards and our buildings often embrace and envelop the outdoors, it is a good way to absorb the landscape and bring a little of the outdoors in. They also provide the light that negates the need for expensive artificial light. We often include doors that can be thrown open in summer, roof lights that allow light to pour in from the zenith of the sky and wood-burners that throw off great heat in the winter.


Homes ideally will have a fire.  The fire is the burning, beating heart of the home and it should always win the battle for supremacy with the TV.


Technology

We say, make use of green technologies.  They are your ticket to freedom from household bills and protect our planet’s dwindling resources.

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