Alex D Architects Ltd

  • Interior space and Garage conversion

  • Double Storey extension and new basement step

    Alex and his team were very knowledgeable of local planning policy and advised us on a successful planning application. Alex is quick to respond and the quality of work is excellent. I'd highly recommend him.

  • Build technical pack

  • Double Story Side Extension

    Alex is very professional and visited our home during the tender process to discuss the scope and get an understanding of our requirements.
    After agreeing to proceed with his services Alex was helpful in supplying some ideas that were wouldn't have thought about, unfortunately the council were fairly stringent in their approach. However, Alex and his team were more than able to accommodate the changes requested that still achieved the majority of our wish list. Planning was approved in Oct and we've just instructed him to proceed with the Building Regs plans.
    I would highly recommend Alex to anyone looking to start a domestic extension.

  • Full plans required for extension, kitchen and toilet

  • Architect for detached house renovation & extension

  • Maidenhead Detached House Major Renovation

    Friendly and approachable firm of architects. Worked with us to get a design we were happy with and planning was granted 1st time. 100% recommend.

  • Full plans and specification -kitchen reconfiguration

    I am very happy with the plans and how the instruction was undertaken. All undertaken very efficiently and with creative solutions for the proposed scheme.

  • 2 storey extension plus conservatory.

    Very thorough attention to detail and professional in getting the clients wishes accurately translated. I happy to recommend Alex any time.

  • Architect For Home Extension

    Alex and team did a great job on plans for our 2 storey home extension.Highly recommended.

  • Creative Architect wanted for extension/internal rework

  • Plans for a rear extension to farmhouse style house.

    Alex has been brilliant. I was apprehensive about using an architect that had not been personally recommended but we have not been disappointed. Alex really listened to what we wanted to achieve and has been very accommodating in all aspects of the design phase. All revisions were done in a timely manner and with attention to detail. Alex is the third architect we have used for various build projects and definitely the best of the lot! Would highly recommend!

  • Full structural plans, floorplan drawings extension

    Alex and his team did a very good job for us. Initially a detailed survey of our property was carried out, and Alex was creative providing some suggestions and ideas. The whole process has been time consuming, but this was due to the size and complexity of the project (double storey rear, and double storey side extension) and various delays at the council. The drawings were carried out to a very high standard, and amendments were done in appropriate time frames, communication was good and Alex was generally easily reachable on email / the telephone. You might find slightly cheaper architects available who may work alone, but the benefit of hiring Alex is that you will be instructing a reputable professional company and 2-3 people from the team will be assigned on your project. We are glad we hired Alex D Architects, and would definitely use them again. Highly recommended. Building work hopefully to start in the next couple of months…

  • Full plans and structural work for a 1950's bungalow

    Alex turned out to be a immensely valuable part of my ambitious plan to remodel my bungalow into a 4 bedroom modern family home. He took into consideration my penchant desire for a astethically designed structure, tight budget costs and turnaround. Alex and his team delivered and worked well with my builders to complete my dream!

  • Architectural services for loft conversion

    Alex and his team did an outstanding job, professional throughout. Following an on site visit by Alex his team followed up to take laser guided measurements of the entire house. Alex & his team came up with some really thoughtful options in what was a difficult brief. They were very patient with my many alteration requests and were always a step ahead of any thoughts and ideas I tried to bring to the table. It was very daunting prospect finding an architect given the project cost at stake, but I was delighted with Alex Architects and couldn't recommend them highly enough.

  • 3 meter single storey extension on back of house

  • House extension plans

    Alex provided an excellent service and advice from start to finish. There were no hidden charges, and everything was clearly communicated. The planning permission and building regulation went through very smoothly. I would recommend them in a heartbeat.

  • Remodel and Extend 1953 Detached Property

    It has been a real pleasure to work with Alex and his team. Highly professional and dependable, we have really valued his patience and diligence in getting our project to the stage it is at. Indeed, he helped us to see clearly what we could achieve and I’m delighted to say that we are very pleased with the resulting plans, which have now been submitted. Assuming successful, the next phase with Alex will be detailed drawings etc. and builder selection. As a result, we are very much looking forward to continuing to work with him and his team.

  • Architectural advice & Pre Planning Application

    Alex was top notch. Even though we didn’t go through with the project his advice, attitude and approach was excellent.

  • Kitchen extension

    An excellent, professional service. I have very limited scope for my extension due to being in a conservation area and limited space but Alex and the team were able to offer some great alternative ideas to submit for approval.

  • Extension/Renovation or Possible New Build

    Alex and his team are creative, responsive and very helpful. Will definitely be using them again and have recommended them for other projects.

  • Bungalow loft renovation

    From the first meeting, Alex and his team have been excellent to work with and have guided us brilliantly throughout the process. Alex has provided great support at all times and made a huge effort to understand exactly what we wanted. His advice on various elements (e.g. cost saving!) was very much appreciated. I would highly recommend using Alex D Architects who provide a very honest, thorough, reliable and supportive service.

  • Extension and Internal Modification Design / Plans

    I would highly recommend Alex D Architects.

    We made contact with Alex via mybuilder when he replied to our job on the site. Alex was really responsive, making contact by phone initially and arranging a site visit very quickly before we agreed to move forward.

    Unexpectedly 2 different plans were drawn up which was a great discussion point. We then were able to meet face to face to finalise the submissions which Alex did on our behalf.

    Overall the level of service, the response rate and turn around time throughout the whole process was spot on and I would definitely recommend Alex and his team.

  • Loft extension

    Alex has been great to work with and very patient as planning permission took 6 months! He was always helpful and creative with the plans as well as being available to answer any questions or deal with the planning officer. Would highly recommend. Thanks Alex!

  • Design a front,side & rear extension for our house

    Alex and his team have been outstandingly professional from the very beginning. Since my wife & I decided to go ahead with having extensions, I knew that Alex D architects were right for us. We believe that choosing the right architect is just as important as finding the right builder. We had spoken to others prior to our meeting. We are fastidious with whom we choose to do work for us, but Alex has vast amounts of knowledge and experience, and it shows. We very much felt after the 1st meeting that he and his team were the correct choice. We weren’t wrong. All the daunting thoughts we had were erased. He was not cocky or bigheaded, bullish or arrogant. Like I said we had talked to others prior to meeting Alex.
    I truly believe his biggest attribute, above all his others, is that he listens to his clients. Yes, he listens, then he advises. To us, that was what is extremely important.
    His team came around our house to do all measurements, and they too were professional, courteous and hard working.
    When we first go the plans, I asked Alex a whole host of questions and he answered them all clearly and confidently. The plans were clear, precise, detailed and presented with care & pride. They were not misleading or confusing.
    Would I use Alex D architects again, my answer would be without doubt, 100%.
    We would personally recommend Alex D architects highly to anyone looking to hire an architect. A very happy and fotunate client of Alex D Architects. Thanks Alex. 👍

  • A brand new rear extension to a semi-detached house.

  • A rear extension for a semi-detached house.

    It has been most positive experience in hiring and working with Alexandre Durao of Alex D Architects Ltd for preparing the planning application for our house extension project. He is helpful, forthcoming, creative and professional.

  • House extension

    Very positive, took time to talk us through every thing and has been very responsive. Would recommend.

  • Side and rear 2 storey extension

    Working with Alex was a pleasure! It was great to work with somebody super responsive and efficient right from the initial requests through various design iterations, submissions of plans and finally completion of building regulations. Alex and his team's attention to detail is second to none, receiving much compliment from our builders too! Would highly recommend and hope to work with Alex again in the future!

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    Super nice and patient to me! Highly recommended!

  • Two storey extension

    We are only in the first phase of our project (planning) but alex has been great. Very helpful. He came up with various options and helped us to understand what was possible. He’s always been very responsive to emails etc.

  • Extension and possible side rennovation

    Alex was really helpful on our extension plans, he took the time to explain everything in great detail, offering advice about the ramifications of choosing one option over the other.

    Our drawings were just as we wanted and we're continuing to work with Alex on our plans to renovate the house.

    I would highly recommend.

  • Extension

    Alex was great. Very knowledgable, very experienced and really professional. Also flexible and easy to work with, offer great ideas and practical solutions.

  • rear extension, open plan kitchen-living room.

    I am writing this review about Alex as he has done an outstanding job for us.We live in St Albans and due to a death in the family my mother in law is coming to live with us.I looked up on line 20 – 30 different architects however just didn’t feel a connection with any of them and the truth was we didn’t really know what we wanted.I was recommended so pressed ahead. After reading hundreds of reviews for different architects I came across Alex D Architects. What impressed me was so many people said he was an idea man and would speak out if you were going wrong and would come up with ideas that perhaps you have not thought off.That’s what we really needed, someone to point us in the right direction and give his ideas as well.Alex asked us what we wanted from the house and explained to us he would follow our remit and also do what he believes would maximise the space and further value of the property. Then we could have a look at the plans and go with what we wanted and make any adjustments we thought we would need.He came around with his team measured the whole house garden, and within a week or so he had sent us my plans and his plans. Well what can I say!! Alex plans were so much better than ours.Our rear story extension would be 7m wide by 6m.The council have approved our plans and also Alex done plans for our loft which have also been approved.All through this process Alex has been available whenever I needed him even helping me when he was abroad. EXCELLENT

  • 2 storey garage conversion

    Alex and team worked with us on plans for a two story extension on a large detached family house near Moor Park in 2018. I found he and his team to be very amiable, thoroughly professional and extremely patient. Alex D Architects brought a refreshing touch of Mediterranean flair as well as the stamina to ride out the machinations of our local planning authorities obstructions. Alex did propose a beautiful face-lift to our house but he worked tactfully and diplomatically with the local council to produce an end result with minimal financial damage. I do fear that Alex and his team may be wasted on the mediocrity of British architecture but what you will get are easy to understand plans to your exacting requirements of the very highest professional standard at a very reasonable cost.

  • Planning & Building Regs Drawings

    We decided to invite Alex to give us an initial consultation on our two-storey side and rear extension project after being impressed with the reviews his practice had received on MyBuilder and another review site. We also arranged and booked a consultation with two other firms. Alex stood head and shoulders above the other firms. He was exactly as described in the reviews my wife and I had previously read. He was highly professional and personable and, after taking on board our vision of how we want to live in our home, gave us some great advice and insights on what our realistic options were for our extension project. When we engaged Alex, he and his colleague were very thorough in measuring up the property and we were highly impressed by the designs we received - every detail of our home was captured in the drawings for the existing plan, and the design he came up with for the extension was both clever and functional. He supported us through both the planning approval process, and the drawings for building regs. We now have full approval to commence building works. Alex and his team have been a pleasure to work with throughout. Highly recommended!

  • double storey side extension

    Alex listened to our ideas and then took them to another level that we couldn't have imagined. His knowledge and vision meant we have plans for our 2 storey side and rear extension which exceed what we could have hoped for. His clever ideas will save us money in the build and he is willing to challenge us when he thinks we are making a mistake.
    The plans were passed with virtually no changes thanks to Alex's in depth understanding of planning law.
    He has been a pleasure to work with, very professional and I would recommend him without hesitation.

  • Home improvements

    Alex is excellent. We gave him our initial brief (rear/front/side/1st floor entension) which was turning our old fashioned house into a contemporary design build. He came up with ideas that exceeded our expectations.
    We have now submitted the drawings for planning approval, fingers crossed we are able to go ahead with our design build.
    I would have no hesitation in recommending Alex and he's team.

  • Garage conversion, ground floor extension.

    Alex provided a very professional and helpful service for our ground floor garage conversion and extension. He was very knowledgable and creative and supported us through the design, planning and building regulations processes without fault. I would highly recommend the service he provides.

  • Rear single extension and front porch

    Alex was very helpful and professional through out the process. I would certainly use Alex for any future work and highly recommend his services.

  • Office block conversion with added 2 floors

    Alex was a fantastic hire for this project. He was very professional and very informative about the planning rules and regulations. His work is of a great standard. I would not hesitate appointing Alex for any further projects we may have. Many thanks for your assistance with our project.

  • plans for single-storey extension, and loft conversion

    Alex did both planning permission drawings and building regulations drawings for an extension, loft conversion and internal remodelling. Due to the time taken for planning permission and building regs approval this was a long job in terms of timescale, but Alex stuck with it assiduously. Alex was responsive to my requests for changes to the plans, and very helpful with questions (especially given this was my first project of this type). I am very happy with the work.

  • Double and single rear extension plus front of house

    Highly Recommended! After months of dealing with both Architects and Architect Technicians who would meet with us and then send quotes with no detail relating to the meet; it was refreshing to meet with Alex and his team. Alex had obviously spent time looking at what we sent over (our ideas etc.) before meeting with us and therefore the initial meet was highly constructive. Alex listened to us and gave real insights and ideas of what he thought - something others simply would not do. Importantly, to us anyway, Alex challenges you and helps explain why his design "tweaks" are necessary. Alex charges set fees, fully understands what can and can't be done and actually listens to your ideas. We would not hesitate in recommending Alex and will be using him to draw up specifications etc. Thank you Alex - and your team. Kindest regards D,L, A & E

  • Design of kitchen extension

  • Two-storey timber frame extension

    Alex has been absolutely fantastic in helping us with the design for our extension and very accommodating with change requests. He turns around questions extremely quickly and has been invaluable in guiding us through the planning application process.
    I really can't recommend Alex highly enough.

  • Extention

  • Plans/drawings

    A massive thank you to Alex and the team. Their vision, understanding and commitment to our project made our dream a reality. Some of their ideas excelled all our expectations and combined with a friendly service made the whole experience much easier. I would totally recommend these guys to anyone.

  • Single storey extension to main residence

    We chose Alex based on the time and advice he gave us during his initial visit to our property. We spoke to 3 different architects before settling on Alex & are are so glad we did. His recommendations & approach suited us perfectly, his designs were creative & ambitious and ended up being beyond anything we had initially considered or expected.
    Great guy with a lovely manner and great value for money

  • Ground floor extension and loft conversion

    This is my first experience of working with an architect and the process of renovating my house (which has not started yet!!).

    I have enjoyed working with Alex mainly because of his calm and professional manner which makes me feel comfortable to ask as many questions as I need (which I do!!). He is very flexible and accommodating and takes the time to explain things well.

    I have referred Alex to my parents who are wanting to extend their bungalow and he has been great with them too.

    We are at the planning and submission stage however i anticipate co tinting to work well with him throughout the process as needed.

  • Side Extension Plans Required

    We decided to go with Alex after reading his positive feedback on my builder and have not been disappointed. My wife & I have never taken on an extension before and are very pleased we went with him. Alex is an extremely knowledgeable architect as well as having a great understanding of the planning rules and regs. Early on in the planning stage he suggested some great ideas regarding the best way to achieve what we were after and how best to utilise the space. He was also good at raising concerns over issues he felt could be problematic regarding planning as well as offering up alternatives.

    During the planning stages Alex was very good at turning around amendments quickly and accurately without us needing to chase him and the work he has done to date has been of a high standard. We are extremely pleased with the plans that were submitted by Alex and are currently awaiting to hear from the planning department. He has offered a great service and look forward to working with him again soon.

  • Single story extension

    We hired Alex to draw up plans for a two storey extension for our home in Wooburn Green. Alex is friendly, approachable and clearly very experienced. It was the first extension we have embarked on and he put us at ease, explaining the process in a straightforward way. We were very happy with the plans that he put together and are now just waiting for them to go through the approval process. We are very pleased that we chose Alex and his team for the work.

  • Kitchen/diner remodelling & loft extension

    Alex and his team started with a very comprehensive and detailed survey. The options Alex put forward to us were novel and we had no problem settling on the best design to submit to planning. And finally Alex helped to troubleshoot planning approval. Alex kept us well informed and we would recommend his services.

  • Plans for second floor extension

    Hired Alex for plans for second floor master bedroom suite extension plus kitchen extension. Great ideas, plans and wonderful submission he put forward to local authority. Can't wait to get it completed and live the dream. Highly recommend.

  • Loft conversion

  • Submit planning

    We can highly recommend Alex, he has been an absolute pleasure to deal with, quick, efficient & helpful throughout. Nothing was to much trouble and he has taken the stress out of our planning application.
    We will certainly use his services again and can highly recommend his expertise.

  • 2 Storey rear extension plus internal re design

    We engaged Alex to design our two storey extension, and found him very professional and full of ideas. He had imaginative alternatives to present and found solutions to our problems. I can readily recommend his services.

  • Side and rear 2 story extention

    Alex recently helped us with the planning application for our two story side and rear extension. We were really pleased with the professional and helpful advice we received. We received timely and informative responses to queries and Alex had a number of helpful suggestions with things we hadn't thought about. He was particularly helpful in providing feedback on not only what was possible but also on aspects that would be disproportionately expensive when compared to the benefits they would provide. After our planning application was approved first time, he is now preparing our building regulation drawings and we would definitely recommend him to others.

  • Loft conversion to build 2 additional rooms

  • Design for 2-Storey Extension

    Alex has progressed the job through planning permission well. It took a few iterations for the design to fully meet the requirements of the build, but Alex was always willing to make changes and get it right before submission. I would use his services again.

  • Bungalow Extension - Plans required

    Alex created a great design, has a flexible approach, and now that its finished it looks fantastic. Thank you

  • Overseeing of building regs approval application

  • Porch / Toilet

  • Garage conversion/loft/conversion/re-design kitchen

  • Architectural Design for Kitchen, Conservatory & Porch

    I have nothing but praise for Alex and the support he has given us during the rebuild of our ground floor. Professional, reasonably priced and to have him listen to us talk about what we want and bring it to life through sketches and finally architectural drawings was a surprisingly fun experience. Given I've had nothing but bad experiences with previous extensions that was a real surprise. I look forward to continuing to work with Alex - and that's not something I ever expected to write on a feedback form.

  • Design of a single storey house extension

    We have been very impressed with Alex. Having listened carefully to our aspirations he came up with several options for us. We eventually decided which we wanted to go with and now the completed plans have been submitted to the council for agreement. We would have no hesitation in recommending him to others.

  • Single storey extension and loft conversion

    Alex was great at identifying the best options based on our needs. He made sure we understood the potential challenges regarding planning. His varied experienced means he is able to think about the project from a number of different angles. I would recommend Alex.

  • Building plans for single storey extension

    Professional, polite and easy to work with. Alex did an excellent job creating our plans and coming up with great creative ideas. I would highly recommend him.

  • Small extension and remodelling and upgrading

    I employed Alex to undertake plans for a new extension, new porch, extending driveway, replacing patio doors with windows, the work also includes removal of supporting walls. Alex is very personable and is easy to get along with. He worked closely with me to ensure he met the brief. He also assisted me in sourcing a structural engineer and a few local builders. His recommendations were tradesman that he trusted and I felt confident in their ability.
    Alex always goes the extra mile in terms of customer satisfaction and I am very satisfied with the quality of his work.
    I would certainly be very happy to recommend Alex.

  • single story rear extension 1.5m by 3m

    Alex has done a great job at providing us with the design and drawings we are after for our kitchen extension. He has worked with us to change a few things to get it just right and talked us through the steps from start to finish. Would highly recommend.

  • Single storey kitchen extension

    Good ideas, thorough preparation, and an all round nice guy to work with. I have recommended him to my neighbour.

  • Advice and Plans required for side storey extension

    Alex acted promptly and professionally at all times and was able to provide us with exactly what we required .
    He has put together an extremely comprehensive submission of our plans to the local authority which we are hopeful will result in approval.

  • Rear single storey extension glass and timber

    An entirely positive experience. Patience and commitment to the brief was considered with excellent communication throughout. Alex gained my trust on our meeting. A very genial guy. He also delivered. With excellent service throughout. Very happy to have found and used Alex.

  • Kitchen extention

    Fantastic service we couldn't be happier. Alex is friendly, very (very) patient, knowledgeable, and provides great value for money. Fully recommend his services.

  • Architect/Design needed for bungalow conversion

    I would 100% recommend Alex if you're looking for a professional, innovative, & easy to work with architect. Alex has been a pleasure to work with & we've been so impressed with his contemporary designs & his vision for our bungalow conversion.

  • front porch

    Alex has completed and submitted the architectural drawings for the design of a new front porch. Alex carried out the work promptly and to a very professional standard. The price quoted was the price I paid. I will use Alex for any further architectural works and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.

  • Semi 3bed house extension

    We are very happy working with Alex. He is dedicated and patient person, he also thinks on your behalf. Of course he is very good at what he is doing. We would definitely recommend Alex to anyone who has the similar needs. Tao

  • house conversion into one bedroom flat

    Good job managed to get all done quickly before xmas

  • Extension to a victorian 2 bed semi-detached cottage

    Alex was knowledgable professional who came up with valuble solutions to our architectural problems and fulfilled our brief.
    Quick turnaround and very personalbe, I would use his services again and recommend to anyone looking for a quality architect.

  • House extension

    Alex has been really efficient. We are still going through planning but he has listened to what we wanted and come up with realistic solutions not just what looks good on paper. I met some architects whilst whilst doing this. Alex installs a calm, confident approach to the project and understands what we want. He doesn't just want to use your money to try out his new designs, however impracticle they may be. Don't get me wrong, if you want him to do something way out there I am sure he can! In a nutshell, very easy going, very knowledgeable, very nice to work with. Thanks Alex.

  • Raise & convert Garage + two story rear extension.

    The project could be messy/complex but Alex has proved to have a refreshingly 'can do' attitude and added to good communication, i am happy that the final result will be the best for my layout and building material wishes.
    Looking forward to the project, no longer scared of it.

  • Architect / Designer required

    I had spoken to many architects before choosing Alex. I preferred his professional, calm, knowledgeable and honest approach; no waffle, overbearing sales pitch or endless fees chart. He produced drawings to exactly what we asked and even though planning process has awkward (as the council have been somewhat challenging) he has kept his head at all times. He is about doing the right job, right; and not like many other architects to whom it is just how much money they can rake in at every turn. Alex your time and advice has been very much appreciated.

  • architectural drawings for planning permission

    very fast and easy service. Great job!!!

  • Garage extension

    Really pleased with the plans that Alex has drawn up for me. Alex did so much more than I was expecting. He gave me advice and was so flexible even when I changed my mind a couple of times. Always easy to get hold of and woudl have no hesitation in recommending him.

  • Plans to replace garage

    We spoke to a few architects about drawing some plans for our garage before we decided to go with Alex and we were really happy with our choice. Alex gave us lots of suggestions and advice and although this is quite a small job for an architect we were still made to feel that our job was important. Alex was very proactive and pushed us along. We were only charged what was quoted and Alex has also saved us money by explaining how to we could write the notifications to our neighbours ourselves (a different architect told us we would have to pay a solicitor to do it!) We will definitely be recommending Alex to friends and family.

  • Building Regulations Drawing

    Work completed to a high standard and in a timely manner

  • Positive Client Reference taken by MyBuilder

    I’ve had the opportunity to work with Alex on a number of different projects and he has always provided a excellent service from start to finish. In this particular project he drew up the plans for a 3 bedroom attached house that I intend to have built while keeping Alex as the Project Manager. I would recommend Alex to anyone looking for architectural or project management work, as he has a very strong knowledge about construction and he is always contactable. The quality of the work is fantastic and the speed of delivery outstanding. I’m very happy to recommend Alex.

  • Positive Client Reference taken by MyBuilder

    Alex produced the design concept, pre-planning application and full planning application work for our project at The Firefly Pub site, Station Road, Bourne End, Bucks. The scheme comprises 11 x 2 bed flats & 1 x 3 bed house. We are at the stage in the project where we are now ready to submit plans pending some negotiations with the local authority. The work was excellent and really elucidated the scheme through drawings and rendered models. In addition Alex has built up an excellent relationship with the local authority and councillors, leading to a design concept that has received very warm feedback. All work was on time and to the agreed budget. A number of concept options were developed and Alex was very flexible in incorporating ideas and suggestions to build consensus for the project. I am very happy to recommend Alex based on the work he has done for us. I have been involved in the Firefly project from the site's purchase and am the Company Secretary of RP Developments Ltd (see Companies House) who own the Firefly site.

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