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Whole House Refurbishment Architect

Established in 2009 Atelierdb we have extensive knowledge on how to improve and renovate period properties.

Atelierdb inform homeowners on the importance of having correct detailing and construction principles to best protect the fabric of the building as well as the internal environment.

Typically period properties are constructed with solid masonry walls which soak up moisture externally from the ground or when it rains. Internally a family generates more than 100 pints of moisture within a week. If this moisture is not addressed then problems can arise with condensation. This may not be immediately aparent, but with time this can lead to mould growth and rotting to timbers and materials generally. As energy loss prevention becomes ever more critical it is not simply the case that installing more and more insulation and triple glazing will address the issue. Ventilation is key and Atelierdb are experienced in designing and detailing  refurbishments to not only become more energy efficient but also retain good ventilation.

When making buildings air-tight it is necessary to consider using Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery  (MVHR) systems. Atelierdb are experienced in achieving air tightness in conjunction with these ventilation systems. Coordinating these systems needs careful design and implementation by a Builder who passionately believes in the end goal – without this there is a high chance of failure. The reality of imposing these new solutions into period properties comes with cost and compromise, but the benefits far outweigh in terms of energy savings and well-being of the resulting internal spaces.

Useful Links

The internet offers limitless advice and views on how best to improve the thermal performance of historic properties. Understanding which advice is right is another matter and there remains conflicting information from some of the major suppliers of insulation. Atelierdb has undertaken in depth research into the correct solutions to know which solutions best suite refurbishment projects.

Energy Efficiency and Old Houses | Historic England

Historic England provide some useful guides on insulating properties at roof level, to walls and more.

Lime Mortar | Lime Plaster | Lime Render | Lime Green (

Companies such as Lime Green provide lime based insulating renders that breath with the historic fabric allow moisture flow to occur.

Green Building Store – making buildings better

The Green Building Store website provides a lot of learning on items such as MVHR and more.

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    We used Atelierdb to design and project manage our kitchen extension. We found David extremely professional and with great attention to detail. The design process was tailored and iterative to ensure we met our objectives wherever possible, and the project management service was invaluable to keep us on track (and sane!) during the building works. We are now delighted with the new living space that it has achieved for us.

    — Zoe Lelliott


    It has been an absolute pleasure working with Atelierdb from the initial planning and design of the project right through to completion. Not only did they deliver on the brief, they managed to exceed our expectations on what could be done to the space (whilst staying within budget!). The entire process remained stress-free thanks to the ongoing communication between Atelierdb and the building contractor, allowing the project to be completed on time and to a very high standard. Highly recommended.

    — Danny and Lara Moody


    We appointed Atelierdb to re-design our house prior to a full renovation. We were extremely pleased with the service, David and his team provided many layout possibilities, they were flexible and professional throughout and always had solutions. I would highly recommend them.

    — Jennifer Pitt

    Heaver Estate Conservation Area

    We're very happy with the basement living space which was created as part of a larger renovation of the property. atelierdb helped us focus on the relevant issues at the relevant time and were particularly diligent in administering the building contract.

    — Stewart Quinn

    Northcote Road Battersea

    We have recently completed our kitchen extension project and I can only recommend David and his team. The support and patience during the design phase was great and the project management and support during the construction has been really helpful. They turned an idea into an amazing living space.

    — Michela Bariletti


    We have since moved into a larger property and project and we are now working with atelierdb for the second time.

    — Carol O'Gorman