Build a House
Build a House → Your local architects
We believe each client is special and has a story to tell. We listen to your needs and do what it takes to meet your expectations. Combining our energy, knowledge and talents to deliver fantastic client care and strive to develop relationships that make a positive difference to your lives.
Located in North London, XUL Architecture is a commercially minded, client centred architecture practice. We are efficient and responsive, and put particular focus on the client’s experience as well as in finding ingenious ways of bringing light into architecture.
For over 10 years we have been busy designing and taking our clients projects from their initial sketch through to their successful completion – including project management and interior design.
Build a House → Architecture driven by collaboration and lateral thinking
We believe in constant improvement and encourage change. Our lateral thinking allows us to creatively overcome challenges. Our motto is ‘there is always another way’! We always like to explore alternative design solutions as well as finding the right strategy to suit your needs.
We pride ourselves on having a unique outlook that combines our passion for enhancing our clients’ lives, with the ingenious use of abundant natural light; all whilst keeping the practicalities of the project and the realities of the budget in mind.
Build a House → 200+ Projects Completed
Our team is comprised of people from all parts of the world, giving us a rich breadth of experience, cultural background, depth of talent and diversity of thoughts. This is accompanied by the added value of having a can do attitude when in front of any challenge. And of course, you can be involved in this creative process as much as you want to be. Design is a dynamic and interactive process!
Build a House → Inspired by natural light for better living
Our extensive research is based around finding ways in which we can bring more natural light into architecture. This has a positive impact on spatial quality, sustainability, well-being, productivity and creativity.
Build a House → About XUL Architecture
Our clients are at the core of everything we do here. That’s why we have a dedicated team assigned to each project which will manage things on your behalf.
The RIBA Chartered team will include a Director as well as an experienced ARB Registered Architect and an Architectural Assistant/ Designer. All our staff are talented professionals with a vast amount of experience, covering a range of projects from large commercial buildings abroad, to award winning listed residential properties right here in London.
All projects are reviewed regularly by our Directors. We formally review every project in our Monday morning meetings and then go back over them as required throughout the week.
Our Office Manager is always available to help organise meetings, request quotes and provide support throughout your project.
We have invested greatly into putting a number of systems in place to make sure things run as smoothly as possible so we can spend time providing you with an exceptional service.
Build a House → What our clients say
Five star service *****
“A totally professional and very approachable team who are so easy to deal with. We had numerous meetings until everything we wanted was put down on paper. Would definitely use this firm again.”
Would 100% recommend
“We looked at four different architects because we were unsure of how much XUL had done in the Hampstead Garden Suburbs. Other practices were way behind in creativity and presentation. XUL saw things that others didn’t and saw the potential of the house. The turn-around time was also exceptional. If I had to do it all again, they would be my architects.”
—Julliette and Michael Overlander
Fantastic Architecture practice
“They get the balance right between listening to brief, stretching ideas and sticking to budget constraints. I would wholeheartedly recommend. They are a delight to deal with!”
A trustworthy and highly creative company
“We experienced XUL as a thoroughly dependable and trustworthy creative team which acted as a supportive partner throughout the project we worked on together. Sebastian got involved in every aspect of the process, and the external consultants he brought in were consistently excellent, contributing greatly to the results achieved. I recommend XUL for any architectural project you may be considering: you will get more than you imagine, including a fulfilling and enjoyable relationship with some deeply committed and creative people.”
Build a House → Our Guide to Building a House
If you are thinking about building a house from scratch, there is an awful lot that needs to be considered. This is a big decision for anyone. There is no denying that the process can be long and often stressful too when compared with simply purchasing a house (although that tends to have a lot of stress involved as well!). However, when you have a house that meets your exact wants and wishes at the end of it, most people would agree that it is more than worth it. So, with that being said, read on to discover some of the key things you need to know about building a property.
What are the benefits of building a house?
– You can add the latest technology to your property at the design stage
– You can make your property sustainable
– Your home will be built to fit your exact preferences and needs
– You can often build something that is bigger than you would be able to buy for the same money
– You can typically save around 30 per cent on the market value
Where are you going to be able to build a house?
Of course, your first consideration when building a house is where you are going to build it. There are some websites that can assist in terms of finding plots. However, this does not mean you cannot be proactive. If you have a certain area or location in mind, why not drive around to look for any possible opportunities? You can then go on the local authority website for the area, where you can scan through the planning applications. Google Maps can also be useful here too. Plots aren’t going to just fall into your lap, so in order to secure one you are going to need to be savvy with your approach.
Building the property
When it comes to the build stage, there are many different factors that need to be considered. The construction system is one of the most important. There are lots of choices here, including natural materials, cross laminated timber, an oak frame, insulated concrete formwork, structural insulated panels, a timber frame, and masonry. You will also need to apply for planning permission, have plans drawn up by an experienced architect, and find the right builder for the job. Also, you need to think about where you are going to live during the project as well as how you are going to bring services to the site. This can cost a lot of the location is an awkward one.
As you can see, there is a lot that needs to be considered when building a property. However, there is no denying that there are a lot of benefits that are associated with this as well. If you want to build your own property, then one thing you will need to do is arm yourself with an experienced and qualified architect who can help you to make your vision a reality. They will know everything that is needed to help you along the way, from dealing with access issues to planning permission matters.