Bookings open for day of free advice and inspiration on extending or refurbishing your home on Saturday 25 January

Wednesday 8 January 2014

John Galvin bedroom - Heal's

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A day of FREE advice and inspiration for Londoners looking to extend or refurbish their homes – Saturday 25 January, 11:00-16:00 - click here for further details and bookings

NLA, together with the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID)Heal's and RIBA London, is hosting a day of free one-to-one consultations with architects, interior designers and style consultants for anyone looking for advice or inspiration on how to extend or improve their home. Events take place at both The Building Centre, W1 andHeal’s, Tottenham Court Road, W1 on Saturday 25 January.   

Free half hour consultations are open to anyone looking for advice on their own home extensions – suitable for those who are well underway with a project or those simply wanting advice on where to start. Advice can be given on issues from design, planning and construction; colours, finishes and styles; to cost planning and budgeting.   

At NLA, all architects and interior designers offering consultations have been shortlisted in this year’s 'Don't Move, Improve!' competition to find the best and most innovative home extensions, small office conversions and interior design in London. The competition sought to find the best ways to create more space to live and work in London, and was open to architectural practices, interior designers and members of the public who completed extensions or refurbishment projects in London within the last three years.   

There will also be a lunchtime talk offering practical advice on planning and budgeting for a new home extension.   

Heal's will be hosting style consultations, including advice on interior design, colours and textiles at their flagship store on Tottenham Court Road, a 5-minute walk from NLA.  

All 46 shortlisted and winning schemes from NLA’s Don’t Move, Improve! competition are on display at the NLA galleries at The Building Centre, WC1 until 6 February, open on the day. The projects range from a 2.3m-wide house in Clapham, a converted warehouse in Bermondsey and a garden pavilion in St John’s Wood to a rooftop office in King’s Cross, and demonstrate a wide range of solutions for extending London’s typical dwelling types.  

Participating practices offering free consultations on the day include: Alma-nac Collaborative Architecture, Andrew Mulroy Architects Ltd, Cousins & Cousins, Fraher Architects, Glas Architects, Hayhurst and Co., HÛT, Ian Hay Architects, Inside Out Architecture, Knott Architects, Lipton Plant Architects, MW Architects, Neil Dusheiko Architects, Paul Archer Design, RCKa, Roman Pardon Architecture & Design, Scenario Architecture Ltd, Simon Gill Architects, Space Group Architects, Stephen Fletcher Architects, Velorose and Zminkowska De Boise Architects. Interior designers will be represented by Diana Yakeley, Yakeley Associates and Past President of the BIID, Clifton Interiors, Friend & Co Architects and Heal’s.

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