Residential Architect → 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 ingenuous 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.
Residential Architect → 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.
Residential Architect → 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!
Residential Architect → 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.
Residential Architect → 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.
Residential Architect → 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.”
Residential Architect → What to ask your Residential Architect
All good relationships start with a thorough conversation. After all, how do you expect someone to deliver on your expectations if they do not get to know what they are to begin with? When you are working with a residential architect, you will want to make sure they are the right fit for you and your vision before the work progresses. This is why you need to ask the right questions. Read on to discover more about what you should ask your residential architect.
Do you already have a builder in mind?
A lot of architects will have developed good relationships with a team of builders that they prefer to use. Of course, you may have your own ideas regarding who you want to complete this part of the project. However, when you consider that the architect and the builders are going to be working together closely, it always helps if they have already worked together in the past. If the architect already has a builder in mind, it would be good to find out whether you can get a complimentary quote so you can get a good understanding of the total cost.
How do you charge?
There are a number of different ways that architects charge for their services. Some will charge an hourly rate. There are then those that will charge a fixed sum. There are then those that will charge a percentage based on the total cost of the build. Therefore, it is important to find out how your architect expects to be compensated from the off.
What services do you offer?
This is a question a lot of people fail to ask when they are having an initial discussion with their proposed architect. However, you need to have a clear understanding of what the architect can and cannot do for you. There are some clients that simply want their project to be taken through to a broad design stage so that they can achieve planning permission, and then they will take over from here. Nevertheless, there are those who want a full service, meaning the architect will manage contracts between the client and contractor on site. Therefore, you need to have a clear package of what your architect can do for you.
Do you have a signature style?
It is also a good idea to find out whether the architect has a signature style. You will want to make sure that the prospective vision of your architect aligns with yours.
Can you confirm that you are a registered architect?
Last but not least, this is not something you should take for granted and simply assume is the case. You need to make sure that the architect in question is registered, meaning that they are fully qualified and protected by law. Any company can put architecture in their name, and so you do need to be mindful. You should head to the Architects Registration Board to make sure that the architect you are considering is registered. This database is accessible publicly and can give you complete peace of mind.