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Karenna was very helpful in pulling together a design for our extension. It was a difficult Grade-II listed site and she introduced us to a number of interesting ideas. She was also very patient with us as we constantly refined our thinking. She also helped us put together comprehensive planning proposal, I would certainly enlist her help again.
We commissioned Karenna and her fantastic team to help design and apply for planning an extension to our house and an additional detached garage, office summer room, They met with my wife and I at our home to discuss the brief, and to walk round our property to get a feel for the environment and surrounding area they would be developing. We explained that our development must be sympathetic to its current environment and look like it had always been there. They presented us with several plans to review and were patient with us as we merge one plan with another until we were happy with a design that met the brief and suited our living requirements. They were great at managing our expectation whilst pushing the boundaries on what was achievable. They walked us through every step of the planning process as well as arranging the numerous survey required for a development in AONB. Furthermore they assisted with several planning application amendments, with numerous design changes which satisfied us and the planners. It was a pleasure working on this project with both Karenna and Karen, they were fun, skilled and considerate with us throughout the whole process, we cannot wait for them to see their work come to life.
Recognising that our project [the reconfiguration & modernisation of an unusual old building in which we have lived for 38 years] & approach have both been problematical with Karenna having to cope with our somewhat disparate views on a number of issues, she has done remarkably well. [I suspect in her place I may well have suggested finding an alternative architect!] None of this was helped by the complications of the pandemic over the 2 years it has taken - & then there has been the added distress as a consequence of tenancy problems. Somehow we have all managed to stay the course & we are both very appreciative of Karenna's patience & steadfastness & very pleased with the final result. Now all we need to do is hope that the 2 dimensional plans will be eventually translated into at least 3 dimensions [& preferably 4].
Karenna is seriously talented, not only in her designs but also in her ability to really understand how we would live in the house. Her design brought light and space into a dark victorian but did not compromise on anything that my elderly parents needed. I trust her and would work with her again in a heartbeat.
Working with Karenna and the team at KWA proved to be an excellent blend of enjoyment and professionalism. The team were flexible, agile and attentive, while retaining candid pragmatism around the art of the possible for our exciting project. Their advice proved to be invaluable and their attitude to work was first class - we would highly recommend Karenna and her team.
Karenna and her team were very helpful in preparing our planning application for an extension. The team were all very pleasant to deal with and they engaged well with us, listened to and sought our input, and produced plans that met our expectations. Openness was a strong point, giving us advice to make our own informed decisions and clarity around potential costs or pitfalls, which enabled us to proceed on terms we were comfortable with. They also made it simple and easy to progress through the planning stages, helping us overcome the various hurdles and ultimately obtain planning permission.
We selected Karenna to help us with our project in the South Downs National Park which involved putting an extension on the rear of our house to create a 60 sq metre open planned kitchen, dining and TV area and totally refurbishing the rest of the house. This included moving some internal walls and windows upstairs, installing underfloor heating downstairs putting a new staircase in and replacing 3 bathrooms and a WC. Karenna helped us look at options prior to dealing with our planning application. She then oversaw the tender process to select a builder and provided management services during the construction works to oversee progress and validate payment applications. We have ended up with a fantastic ‘new’ home which has exceeded our expectations.
We found Karenna to be very helpful in her advice, drawings and guidance especially as we were living so far away from the renovation works. We were kept up to date with the works during what has been a very difficult time!due to lockdowns etc. She also was able to suggest builders and we are very pleased with her recommendation of Chris Salmons Builders Ltd
Karenna was recommended to us and we are so happy that we found her. She and her team have helped us beyond all expectations to design a first-floor extension and have shown such creativity in suggesting concepts that we would never had imagined. We have no hesitation in recommending her, a superb architect, a great communicator and a total professional.
I have had a professional relationship with Karenna for many years, and never had any Clients provided me with poor feedback. Finally we have arranged for an extension for my own house, and from a personal perspective, I have found Karenna to be knowledgable, approachable with ideas and excellent to respond. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
We recently engaged Karenna Wilford for a project that required both creativity and sensitivity to fit with the constraints of an existing build. Karenna was, throughout the process, highly professional, proactive and creative. She was able to add exceptional value through the quality of her problem-solving abilities and creative thinking. She also proved extremely helpful in us maintaining a positive and productive relationship with our builder and bringing the project in on budget, in spite of a number of unforeseen elements, that only emerged once the project was underway. I can highly recommend Karenna to anyone looking for an intelligent, knowledgeable, creative and professional approach to designing a new, or enhancing an existing, property. Her attention to detail, extensive experience, and warm, approachable interpersonal style, make working with Karenna easy and enjoyable. Thank you, Karenna, for transforming our experience of living and working in our home for the better!
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. We have found her suggestions on the design to have really enhanced the look and feel of the house, both with the external aesthetic but particularly for the internal layout. 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.
In my role as a Quantity Surveyor I have worked with the Karenna Wilford Architectural Practice on a number of projects. I can highly recommend the Practice. I have always found the Practice to be very professional, practical, reliable, and good to work with. The designs, drawings, and specifications provided by the Practice are consistently of a high standard.
This is the second time that I have used Karenna Wilford Architects. I asked her to provide a re-design for a tired and badly laid out property. Karenna went beyond the brief (at no extra cost) and produced three different designs to meet different budget levels for potential purchasers. Karenna liaised with the appointed estate agent and his feedback has been exceptional. Karenna’s three designs are innovative and made the most of the amazing site but were also realistic in terms of feasibility. I would have no hesitation in recommending Karenna and her team.
Karenna acted as architect to a major complex renovation project we carried out from July 2018 to January 2019. She helped us come up a scheme to make the most of the space and light in our small cottage. Karenna was very professional and we developed a good working relationship. She has good local connections that made obtaining planning straightforward in this conservation area. Karenna also helped us to ensure that the build was carried out successfully. The only thing that could have been even better was ensuring that we got a more accurate quote for our plans, so as to avoid a redesign once we got competitive quotes.
Karenna Wilford Architects were recommended to us by a planning consultant for our large extension and refurbishment. Karenna is professional, efficient and easy to work with. We were delighted when planning permission for the extension was granted. KWA project managed all the building works. We had a main contractor, some specialised contractors from overseas and interior designers and Karenna liaised with all parties involved, keeping her cool during sometimes tricky situations. She kept excellent records of what was happening on site and offered guidance and impartial advice on the impact of some of our design decisions. We thoroughly recommend Karenna and her team.
Having decided to work with an architect for the first time on our extensive building project, we are delighted with Karenna’s professionalism, eye for detail, organisation and guidance in keeping us to our budget. We have done a lot of building projects where costs and time frames have spiralled out of control. We would highly recommend Karenna’s input and reassurance in keeping control and helping with the challenges that inevitably occur.
KWA came highly recommended as the practice had experience with converting redundant agricultural building into housing. They offered practical advice and were involved in the project from inception to the planning application stage. Her design was innovative and exceeded the brief I gave her, which was to design a new eco-friendly five bedroom house in a rural location. Karenna and her team were extremely professional and easy to work with, I would not hesitate to recommend them.
We were very pleased when Karenna Wilford Architects were recommended to us for our cottage extension and refurbishment. Karenna has been like a breath of fresh air to us. She is reliable, professional and very pleasant to work with. She worked closely with us to give us not only just what we wanted but also made valuable suggestions which proved to be a large benefit to the final scheme. KWA project managed all the building works as we had very specific requirements and wanted to use specialised contractors. They were very efficient and KWA kept us well informed of the impact some of the design decisions would have on our budget! We love our new home and can thoroughly recommend Karenna and her team.
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