No longer for the wealthy and technologically advanced, underfloor heating [UFH] has become increasingly popular in the past recent years due to its affordability, a growing public concern over bills and a decrease in disposable income. Whether we’re designing a new build home or a single storey extension, as Architects, we specify underfloor heating on most of our jobs. However, there is still a grey area of how it can actually be more fuel efficient and cheaper after installation costs are taken into consideration. In simpler terms, there are two forms of underfloor heating, ‘wet’ that pumps warm water through pipes under the floor and ‘dry’ which uses electric coils, both of which are based on the idea of heat rising. Whilst we know that UFH reduces your bills, there are also a range of benefits which contribute to your home becoming a more comfortable place. Home Comforts: UFH is…(more)
2019 is now here and despite the mad rush of Christmas (which now seems a blur) it’s time to start detoxing not just ourselves, but our homes too. The benefit of having a healthy home is monumental, however its also about having a house with little clutter so that your mind follows the same pattern too. Whether you start off with a putting a few odds and ends away, clearing out a medical cabinet or even thinking about a complete renovation, here’s a guide to ways that you can improve your home and lifestyle this January.
With the last weekend before Christmas around the corner, we’ve had a little look for some Christmas present inspiration for all you last minute shoppers. Take a look through the slider to see our staff picks and some other great presents for designers or anyone who simply loves design. From all of us at Mattinson Associates, Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.
Our Senior Interior Designer, Rachel, recently went to the renowned Decorex Exhibition in London where she attended a lecture by ColourHive on predicted 2019 colour trends. Through a bi-annual panel meeting of design influencers and experts from all over the world, ColourHive define their colour trend drivers and global predictions. This trend forecasting then involves the collection and analysis of the social, economic, political, environment and technological influences that drive all trends. This year we saw Pantone release Ultra Violet as their colour of the year where it embodied originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us to the future. This blue based purple is a creative inspiration that is indigenous and takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. Now, the 2019 Pantone colour has been chosen, Living Coral, which encourages playfulness, and discourages the influence of the digital age. It also focuses on immersive experiences, warmth and…(more)
Last year, the Isle of Wight held it’s fifth Small Business Saturday with the aim to encourage consumers to shop locally and support people in their local communities. As the Island floods with tourists during the summer months and not so much in winter, the event usually falls on the last weekend of November to help businesses when they may need it most. Small Business Saturday 2017 was more successful than ever and with the backing of the council, long stay car parks were free for several hours to encourage shoppers to make a day out of the event – hopefully this will be repeated in 2018 to ensure even more people attend. As an Island business, we encourage those to shop locally and small, whether the sector is hospitality, technology, financial and of course – design. Below are some great reasons as to why we all should spend our…(more)
The urban heat island effect is something we are currently facing where cities are becoming uncomfortably hot – but not just because of the weather that we have had this year. This effect is caused and heightened by factors such as excessive number of vehicles on the road emitting heat, sun hitting & absorbing heat on the pavements & air-conditioning units pumping waste heat into the surrounding air, just to name a few. With air-conditioning units increasing it is important to note that one fifth of building related electricity is used for air con globally. In London, one of the major places that suffered this summer, yet also emitted the most heat, was the Underground. The circle line at peak times was over 31˚C. Units to cool the air were used here, however this viscous cycle of reducing the air temperature then producing more waste heat is something we can…(more)
Mattinson Associates are now offering Interior Design services with Rachel, our Interior Designer, and Sophie, our Architectural Assistant. Being in the sector for over 15 years, Rachel has worked in large scale practices in Abu Dhabi and Singapore and has been in the design sector for over 15 years. She has a wealth of experience, with a strong design skill set and a keen eye for detail. Sophie has just graduated from The University of Portsmouth with a degree in Architecture however she focused some of her units around her passion for Interior Design and Fine Art, creating sensitive spaces for midwifery retreats, commercial retail units and compact residential homes. They are currently working on commercial and residential projects, of which the progress will be uploaded soon! In the meantime, keep an eye out on our Instagram, @mattinsonassociates, for our day to day activities.
Yesterday, the annual Isle of Wight Regeneration Conference took place in Wootton, where Councillors Wayne Whittle and Dave Stewart presented Taylor Millard with the Young Designers Award Overall Winner 2018. Inspired by her disabled brother and his peers, the winning design was a sensory bridge called ‘Medina Quay Under the Sea’ incorporating touch, colour, light, and sound. The IW Council Regeneration Team is set out to rediscover and celebrate Newport’s identity, creating compelling reasons to visit, invest and return, make it easier to get in and out of Newport and offer safer places to cross on foot or by bike and build better connections between the people who live in Newport and the decision makers. This year, they discussed the work that the University of Portsmouth Year 3 Architecture students had completed; where they had to join groups in the first semester and analyse Newport, Shanklin and Ryde, and assess…(more)
Long gone are the days of cucumber sandwiches with tea and scones at garden parties, and the trend of relaxed, alfresco nights are taking over. With fun cuisine like rustic BBQ’s and homemade stone baked pizzas proving increasingly popular also, it’s time to take a look at the traditional ‘garden party’ and give it a little refresh. So, if you’re looking to host a soiree, here’s 10 essentials to make your summer entertainment unmissable.
We are very excited that the summer is finally here, but there are times when we would like to go to a space which is perfect for relaxing during the holiday. Taking a dip in an infinity pool that gently cascades over the edge towards a view either of the seaside or the forest and farmland whilst relaxing on curvy lounge seating partially set underwater. How does this sound to you? If this does not sound appealing enough to you, not to worry, we have alternative options including a kitchen, lounge and dining room in a wall-less pavilion, which features a huge oak tree growing up through its roof. These layouts are aiming to allow the entire family to enjoy a dining in the outdoor central space in superb summer weather, and then retreat to the covered living rooms on either side when it cools. Does this appeal to you? If…(more)
Mattinson Associates have secured another planning permission for a beautiful new-build house in Wroxall! The project aims to redevelop the potential of the large site by inserting a contemporary two-storey dwelling in direct juxtaposition with a traditional house made from stunning island stone. The design caters for a modern structure with a very interesting association of materials between natural timber and dark coated timber for the fenestration. Additional materials, such as cream stone paving slabs and dark grey powder coated slim aluminium window and door frames are also part of the palette. Following a lengthy process of design discussions and arboricultural related topics with the local planning authority, we are delighted to have secured this planning permission. Once again, Mattinson Associates managed to keep the 100% rate of achieving planning permissions for our projects!
After a very exciting site-visit earlier this week, we are thrilled to update you that our new-build home in Wootton is very close to completion and it looks great. The site, a stunning rural woodland, was perfect for use as a plot to build a new dwelling. The property holds a certificate of lawfulness for the garden area, and the clients wished to include the existing established mature trees in the finalised design of the new construction. The property has been transformed to accommodate new, contemporary and vibrant internal layouts in order to create an open-plan living space on the ground floor, perfect for life away from a bustling world city and nestled into the woodlands of the idyllic island. The final design portrays the dwelling as a floating entity, combine seamlessly into the existing setting, without deterring from the stunning woodland views. The significantly large windows, alongside with the…(more)
Bio architecture Bio architecture is quite an unexplored topic, it aims to combine buildings and biology, Bio architecture is a futuristic concept that offers a beautiful aesthetic and benefits the environment. It’s forward thinking, and if used more commonly, would have an extremely positive affect to a global scale. It involves structures in time and space, and it is concerned with the fundamental principles of organization that separate the living from the non-living world. The term Bio architecture covers a broad area, which include: The design and construction of buildings in an ecologically friendly manner The design and construction of buildings that reflect structures found in nature. An example would be the honey comb, the structure is taken from the homes of bees and transferred into our own. Bio architecture considers it surroundings, if there is a natural slope the building can be modified to follow the curvature of the…(more)
Mattinson Associates is currently working on the refurbishment of a Grade II listed building in Newchurch, Isle of Wight. In addition to restoring the Manor House internally, we are also proposing the insertion of a single-storey new build structure for the Pool House. The proposal is set into a secluded area, opposite the swimming pool and making the most out of the rural views. The design seeks to infuse a contemporary feeling. Slim line dark grey aluminium window frames and dark coated Siberian Larch are two of the materials forming the interesting palette for this project. More photos to follow…
When people are asked about balance in Interior Design, most would mention the concept of symmetry, where you mirror elements and aim to make two sides the same. Symmetrical design was integral in the design of stately homes. Think built-in book shelves on either side of a fireplace or double sofas on opposite sides of a coffee table in a sitting room. It traditionally provided a well presented, formal setting. It’s true that the use of symmetry creates harmonious spaces. It allows the eye to immediately read a pattern, where nothing looks out of place which in turn gives us the sense of balance. But what if you want something to look out of place? Create a feature? Something that is a little more visually exciting? In contrast, asymmetry embraces differences and whilst in the definition, asymmetry is the lack of symmetry it does not mean a lack of balance.…(more)