Lee-based Trinéire, run by Chartered Architect Ted Aston and his wife Angela Aston, an interior designer, recently won the Best International Listed Building Interior Design Firm of 2016. Here’s why…
Awarded the Best International Listed Building Interior Design Firm of 2016, Trinéire (based on Lee High Road) know a thing or two about design. The practice works on a variety of projects, many of which are residential, period buildings. We caught up with Chartered Architect Ted Aston and his partner Angela Aston, a BIID Registered Interior Designer, to find out their top tips, and to discover what makes Trineire stand out from the crowd…
Why do people choose Trinéire?
We provide a flexible, personalised service and honest advice. We understand your family and work commitments and accommodate them, benefitting from our long term working relationships with local professionals, suppliers and trades.
What is your favourite project?
It may sound clichéd, but as we provide a bespoke service and respond to each client’s individual requirements, no two projects are ever the same. Each project provides its own challenges and rewards. We love them all.
Do you only work on listed buildings?
We actually work on a wide variety of building types including new buildings. However, London has an array of beautiful period buildings and over the years we’ve found ourselves more involved in very intricate and complex designs, transforming old buildings into beautiful homes. Each home is treated with equal care and attention, as they all have their individual needs and quirks.
What can I do with a listed building?
Listed buildings are structures that are judged to be of national importance in terms of architectural or historic interest. Because of this, there are special rules and procedures, and you will most likely have to apply for permission to make any alterations both inside and out – but some of the most interesting work can come from the most difficult of spaces. A dose of imagination, flair and experience will do the trick. Although working with a listed building does usually cost more, a careful balance of funds will achieve great results.
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1. Obtain the necessary and correct permission to undertake your project to avoid stressful delays on site
2. Detail in design makes your project special and individual
3. Timing and project planning is imperative – make the important choices in advance of going on site
4. Correct dimensions are paramount – always insist on a site survey
5. Ensure you gather competitive quotes, seek advice to set a realistic budget and allow a budget contingency for ‘unknowns’