Why choose us?

Architects add value, whether it comes from designing a product that is attractive to the market, changing use, improving functionality, increasing capacity or making a scheme more buildable. We will develop solutions and propose ways to reduce cost.  This requires: 

Listening to your requirements and understanding them.

The experience to know what is possible, permitted and practical.

And the creative skills to produce options that satisfy and excite you while working within your budget.


Karenna Wilford Architects professional expertise and creative skills in all these areas are confirmed by the testimonials shown below.

"We hired Karenna Wilford Architects from a long list of firms based on the quality and technical experience demonstrated in comparison to other architects in our first meeting.

Karenna has been helpful, clear and professional in guiding us through the project. Karenna is happy to advise, guide and offer opinion based on experience, but importantly willing to talk through and consider compromise as a result of discussions with ourselves, building contractors and architect design.  Her approach to project management and site visits has enabled us to understand and address structural challenges on the project in a calm and measured way. We cannot recommend KWA highly enough." 

Sally Streames

Maximising the result

For projects with a budget of £150,000 or over, using an architect can reduce overall cost by making sure that the development works for you.  Our expertise and attention will ensure that all the details meet your requirements, including use of space, light, energy conservation, access, style and appearance.

Project management

An Architect is trained to manage your development.  Their supervision of quotations, management of contractors and oversight of the whole process all help you obtain value for money and a smooth construction, while freeing you from the concerns of supervising the building works.

Professional standards

The RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and ARB (Architects Registration Board) set criteria for insurance, health and safety and quality management; so working with a registered architect brings you peace of mind about the high quality of the work.  The RIBA also provide guidelines for the cost of using an architect so you can be sure you are getting value for money.

“Architects add value, whether it comes from maximising the impact, functionality or marketability of a building.”  RIBA

You can find further information on why to use an architect on the RIBA website

Why choose Karenna Wilford Architects 

By engaging Karenna Wilford Architects, you benefit from our team’s experience in creating exterior and interior designs that meet or exceed our clients’ expectations.    Our professional capability is underlined by being  a Chartered Practice with the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and registered with the ARB (Architects Registration Board); and the benefits that our clients derive are borne out by their testimonials.

“Karenna and her team worked with us on an extension to and remodelling of the ground floor of our house. The extension is spectacular, but it was the suggestions they made for changing the existing sitting room and entrance hall that have produced a house that now has a real feeling of beauty. They took our ideas, looked at the space we have and how we used it, identified the constraints and suggested changes that stepped beyond anything we would have thought of on our own. It was an exciting process and Karenna was a joy to work with.”

Jane Bolger

Skills to turn aspirations into reality

Our training and experience allow us to understand your needs and produce creative high-quality designs that meet your aspirations within the given budget; while our combination of exterior and interior design services and our attention to detail mean that we can bring out the best of your space and location.  Full project management is available to ensure a smooth construction process as well as value for money.

Refurbishments, extensions, redevelopments and new developments

We have extensive experience of refurbishments, extensions and new home developments as well as the redevelopment of agricultural buildings for residential or commercial use.  In addition to our speciality of modern design, we are able to work sympathetically with older or listed buildings.

Bespoke project management

In addition our bespoke project management service gives our clients the option of handing over the supervision of the construction and finishing work to KWA. This makes it easier for you to choose exactly the range of fixtures and fittings that you want and provides the professional skills to avoid difficulties and ensure quality and cost-effective workmanship.

Our office is based in Mayfield, in the Wealden district of East Sussex, allowing us easy access to projects throughout Sussex, Kent and Surrey.

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