The Barn

Works are progressing well on site at the Barn.  The cantilevered staircase and bridge have been fabricated and installed by Stainless Steel Fabrications and the reclaimed oak treads are being CNC machined at Swan joinery and assembled ready for fitting when decorations complete.  The double height lobby blends a contrast of traditional reclaimed material with modern engineered fabrication techniques, providing a soft and natural transition between the protected structure and internal fit out.


Planning approval has been achieved for the remodel and extension to a bungalow on an elevated west coast site, forming a generous single level family home. The proposal seeks to re-configure and expand the floor plan, utilising existing structure and providing an open plan living space to fully capitalise on the views and better address the level changes across by the site. Planners commented ‘The proposed building is a well designed dwelling which has been designed taking the site’s topography and surroundings into account’


At DLM Architects there is nothing we love more than a good model.
Getting hand’s on and engaging in physical model making is an invaluable tool that we use to investigate and test our ideas. It is a integral part of our design process, and is usefull at every stage, from testing simple concepts, to communicating more developed schemes.

By making physical models, we are able to bring our ideas out of the ‘2D’ – of sketches and drawings, and into a three-dimensional form. This is typically much easier to understand, and will often allow us to take a different point of view on an idea, highlighting things which are not as clear on paper.

Finally a physical model is one of the most communication tools at our disposal; not everybody is able to read plans fluently, but nearly everyone will have an innate understanding of proposal when it is committed to physical form. This is effective for demonstrating ideas and principles to clients, planners, consultants and contractors, and really helps to open up a discussion.

Another tool at our disposal is the use of digital models. By producing a three dimensional digital model we are able to quickly test and iterate our ideas, at every stage of the design, from loose massing concepts, to specific interior design.

Digital modelling also opens up the world of Architectural visual visualisation. The basic principle is using the digital model to produce a ‘photograph’ of our proposal. We are able to construct a scene digitally, or superimpose onto a real photograph. The later is particularly useful for example when demonstrating how an extension might look on an existing building.

Architectural visualisation allows us to experiment with different material options, furnishings, and conduct accurate and realising daylight simulations for any given scheme. We use this as an essential part of our process as we refine a design.

GSPCA Wildlife Hospital

GSPCA & DLM Architects launch design and build campaign for new GSPCA Wildlife Hospital.

DLM and the GSPCA are delighted to showcase the proposed designs for the new GSPCA Wildlife Hospital.

Having worked with DLM previously the GSPCA approached David De La Mare to help design a much-needed new Wildlife Animal Hospital. DLM understand the limitations the GSPCA face with their existing building stock, much of which is requiring significant investment to ensure it is fit for purpose. The team at DLM have created a design that will meet the current and future needs of wildlife on the island.

David De La Mare Director DLM Architects said “As a chartered architecture practice we have a responsibilty to design buildings that have a positive impact on our natural environment through sustainable intervention. This can range from thermal performance, energy consumption, building materials, planted walls and roofs, and aesthetic appearance to the specific use of the building. The proposed wildlife centre will allow the GSPCA to work more efficiently and cope with the increasing demand on injured wildlife in a purpose built space giving the animal the best chance of recovery and integration back to the wild. DLM Architects is a team of animal lovers and whilst we enjoy designing a building within a detailed criteria for the benefit of our local wildlife, it is also very rewarding to show our support for the great work done by all at the GSPCA.”

“The design has evolved primarily from the requirements of the brief, isolating various species within suitable zones and necessary room size in relation to the duration of treatment required. Consideration has been made to minimise ongoing maintenance costs, centralise storage, administration and cooking facilities, and reduce the trauma of moving the wildlife to and from the relevant zones. The overall form has been developed to respond to the topography and orientation of the site, locating treatment rooms to the outskirts of the footprint where the wildlife will endure less disruption from the central circulation space. We have also considered how fundraising can be integrated into the design and construction of the building and these ideas will be launched a little further into the project.”

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “The GSPCA are hugely grateful to DLM Architects who have listened and understood our requirements and turned them into this wonderful design. We believe this much needed purpose-built Wildlife Hospital will enable us to meet the growing demands of wildlife on our island.”

The Barn

Works continue on site with the conversion of a protected 18th century barn. The existing granite shell and been completely repaired and repointed with hydrated lime, replacing all rotten timber lintels with granite. Internally the structure has been fully waterproofed and insulated with replacement concrete ground and first floor slabs providing a robust and thermally efficient envelope. Glulam A-frames and purlins support a new slate roof with several rooflights providing natural light and ventilation to the vaulted and double height spaces below. Combining carefully selected natural materials and finishes to compliment the historic structure, with the latest technology, offers the performance of a modern family home whilst retaining the character of the original building.

Les Massies

Works are nearing completion with contractor CA Duquemin, to this single storey extension to a traditional Guernsey farmhouse.

The extension replaced a conservatory and reconfigured the kitchen to provide a larger open plan living and dining space with associated utility and plant. The room volumes are far more suitable to modern living, with abundant natural light and improved connection to the maturely landscaped surroundings.

The design incorporates an exposed oak frame spanning between a granite retaining wall and the original house, with structurally glazed elements framing key views, and drawing light deep into the plan.

Appointing a Designer

If you’re thinking of making some changes to your property, or perhaps looking to build a brand new home, you will almost certainly need to employ the services of a Designer. They will advise you on the processes involved and prepare all of the necessary drawings and documentation on your behalf to realise your ambitions. It is important to choose a Designer that you feel comfortable with.


When initially considering who to appoint for Architectural services it is critical that this person is suitably qualified. Chartered Architects (RIBA) and Chartered Architectural Technologists (CIAT) have demonstrated to their respective professional bodies that they have the knowledge and experience required to provide architectural services to the general public.

There are some Chartered Surveyors (RICS) that also offer design facilities and are able to deliver similar levels of service. Employing a suitably qualified professional gives you the peace of mind that you will receive the required standard of service backed by a reputable professional body that has a strict code of conduct that its members’ adhere too.

Your brief

Before engaging with a professional, have you fully established your needs and taken time to consider what it is you actually want to achieve? Make a list of your requirements; include things about your existing home that do not work for you. Sourcing images of both external and internal features that you like can provide the designer with an insight into your tastes and ultimate vision.

At this point you should also consider your budget, whether you have ten thousand pounds or ten million pounds, it is important that your designer has a budget to work to, so your expectations can be met within the budget you have allocated.


Undoubtedly one of the best ways to find a designer is by word-of-mouth, ask family, friends and colleagues who have recently embarked on a similar process for recommendations. Explore the web, most designers will have a web site and many now have Facebook pages where they showcase previous projects and describe the scope of services they offer.

Once you’ve made an appointment with a designer they will usually want to meet you at the property/site to discuss your requirements, most practices will not charge a fee for this initial visit, however, it is worth double checking with them first. Also, consider all your options! Invite different designers to come and view your property and ask them their ideas and thoughts on your brief. They will also guide you through the stages involved including, the planning process, building regulations, tendering and construction works. It is important you feel inspired and that you could build a good relationship with your designer. You are making a large investment and need to work with people you can trust who will develop a solution unique to your personal needs and maximize the potential of your project.

How Much?

Fees for architectural services will vary depending on the size and complexity of the proposals, and the quality of services offered by the chosen designer. Some practices work on a fixed fee, whilst others will operate on an hourly rate, so ensure you obtain a written fee proposal, detailing what services they will be providing you with, along with a clear fee structure with any exclusions clearly stipulated.

Master Suite Upgrade

An exciting refurbishment to the master bedroom suite, adding a new bathroom and creating a balcony area. The bedroom area features polished plaster, timber cladding, bespoke joinery, and wood flooring, whilst the en-suite features moulded silestone vanity units and basins, large format tiling. intelligent lighting and blind control have been fitted throughout.

DLM Designer Dog Kennel

Our entry for the bow wow haus competition is a colaborative work between several local suppliers and professionals. The Kennel is designed to be the height of luxury for any canine, whilst acting as a stylish piece of furniture for the modern home.

The Kennel itself was fabricated in house by DLM Architects, with materials supplied by Norman Piette. The Concrete finish was applied by Mike Da Vinci, with collaboration from Beem Laser. The Upholstery was done by Mhv Upholstery, and the handle supplied by Buster + Punch. A Huge thank you to all involved!