Sustainability | Island Stone

2020/10/19

Mattinson Associates, Isle of Wight Architects, explain why they love using local island stone on so many of their projects. Rich materiality is an important part of all of our design work and for a building to truly blend into its surroundings, it must be made with natural materials that wear gracefully in time like the occupants within them. Stone can give a building real identity and with careful consideration, can be sympathetic to the most sensitive of sites. Despite not being renewable, stone is a great material to use for sustainable projects, check out its eco-friendly qualities here: Natural Material The beauty of the stone is in its imperfections, with so many different textures, grains, shapes and colours, the natural material gives you a slice of nature that is unique to that specific piece. Particularly on the Isle of Wight, our local stone has a distinctive sandy colour that…(more)


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Sustainability | Wellbeing & Sustainability Within A Commercial Environment

2020/10/7

Mattinson Associates, Architects on the Isle of Wight, have written why wellbeing and sustainability are so important in commercial environments. It is estimated that we spend ninety per cent of our time indoors; so, with issues such as Seasonal Affective Disorder and Sick Building Syndrome being caused by the spaces we live and work in, it’s important to understand how we can use sustainable, clever design to improve wellbeing within commercial environments. Check out the information below where it explains how, by improving sustainability within your office/retail/commercial space, it can improve wellbeing for clients, colleagues and collaborators. FSC Certified Timber Known to lower the sympathetic nervous system and contribute to decreasing stress, timber is non-toxic and can be an easier way to improve wellbeing quickly. Being breathable, renewable and non-toxic, it can create a healthier working environment. A study by Holzcluster Steiermark in Austria found that when comparing four classrooms,…(more)


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Lockdown Life | How to Stay Motivated When Working From Home

2020/9/23

Mattinson Associates Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight suggest their tips on how to stay motivated when working from home [WFH].  We’ve all been there, unfocused and fatigued trying to push ourselves through the day when really, we’re not getting far. Now many of us are working remotely, the office atmosphere that motivated you through your tasks is harder than ever to replicate especially with family being at home also. Remember, give yourself a break! We are going through such hard times but to help, we’ve put together a few of our tips for staying motivated at home. Give them a try and if you have any suggestions on any, please share! Manage your day:  After your first cup of coffee, have a sit down and schedule your day alongside a list of things that you would like to get done – remember to keep it…(more)


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Established 16 Years Ago | Mattinson Associates Architects

2020/8/28

Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight, have now been established for 16 years. Celebrating their work anniversary, scroll through to see some of their favourite projects. For more, check out out portfolio here https://www.mattinsonassociates.com/portfolio/ “Sixteen years in the business and what a journey it has been! We have been able to work with the most amazing clients who have allowed us to design buildings we love but most importantly they love too. It is those continued relationships and our dedicated and hard working staff that make it all worth while! Thank you to all our clients and collaborators, we love working for you and with you. So here’s to many more happy years of Mattinson Associates Architecture & Design!” – A note from Lindsay Mattinson, Director of Mattinson Associates.


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Our Favourite Sustainable Furniture & Accessories | Sustainable Gardens

2020/8/28

Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight, have compiled their favourite sustainable garden furniture and accessories to encourage being more eco friendly.  As we are all trying to become more sustainable at home and with many of us during lockdown working on our gardens, we thought it would be a great time to compile some great sustainable garden accessories for your coastal homes. From savvy plant tech to eco pots, here are our top five sustainable garden essentials!  Connected gardens We’ve written about connected gardens before but its definitely worth revisiting! Connected Garden’s is an app that helps you plant flowers and trees specific to any location. The app comes with a super sensor that needs placing in the proposed flower bed or tree position, then the sensor then connects to the app and alerts you with the best plants for that particular location based on the…(more)


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Lockdown Life | The Future of Remodelling Post Lockdown

2020/8/24

Mattinson Associates Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight explore how our homes will change post lockdown. Life is slowly starting to go back to some form of normal, however the majority of the country are still working from home. With sales of homes on the Isle of Wight increasing due to the popular appeal of escaping to the countryside or holidaymakers looking for a more permanent answer to staycationing, our homes are being reimagined more than ever. With this trend in mind, we have predicted how homes might change post lockdown.  The Rise of Separate Rooms:  Open plan living is a concept that many of our clients (and us) love – that dreamy entertaining space where family and friends can congregate and socialise with endless views out to the garden. However, during lockdown, because our homes have become temporary schools and offices, open plan living lacks…(more)


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Isle of Wight Hidden Gems | Summer 2020

2020/7/20

Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers have compiled their favourite hidden gems and secret spots on the Isle of Wight for those visiting this summer.  With worldwide restrictions on travel halting our summer get aways, more of us are looking to holiday in the UK instead this summer.  From the coastal village of Seaview on our wonderful Island to culture capitals like Edinburgh, the UK has so much to offer when it comes to staycationing. Although some places might be a little more expensive than others, holidays within the UK can be cheaper than abroad and there is even the added bonus of being more eco friendly by avoiding flights. So instead of jetting off to Spain or Greece, we’ve put together our hidden gems on the Isle of Wight so next time you’re visiting, or if you’re a local yourself, you can support the Isle of Wight tourism, retail…(more)


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On Site Progress | July 2020

2020/7/20

For the past seven months, Mattinson Associates Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight have been working with G.W Mattinson Construction on a Grade II listed Farmhouse extension and renovation. Considering the external challenges we are all facing at this moment in time, we are so pleased with how the project is unfolding and the progress made. Keep an eye out for more pictures of this project on our website and social media!  “Mattinson Associates provided a stunning modern design for our pool house, carefully tailored to sit well within the context of adjacent listed buildings surrounding our courtyard. Importantly they have experience and sound judgement in the planning process, and they dealt with material selection, the building tender, contract and supervision. We would be happy to recommend Mattinson Associates. They are engaged in the main house refurbishment for us and we are well pleased with their…(more)


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Working From Home | Recreating Office Calm

2020/4/1

Styling your office in the correct way for you can make it serene and a much more productive space. Here are Mattinson Associates, Architects & Interiors Designers on the Isle of Wight, five top tips for creating a more relaxing workspace during these unsettling times: Remove All Clutter. As the saying goes, tidy space tidy mind” and it’s true! Not only will an untidy desk make you look a little unorganised but it can also cause stress and can make you overwhelmed. Have a look at ways that you can organise your paperwork. Perhaps you need a new filing system or maybe a new desk with additional drawers? HUSK have realised their WFH desk and we’re big fans, find the link here:https://madebyhusk.com/product-category/desks/  Once having a 10 minute tidy and removing any excess clutter, you’ll notice an improvement in your productivity.  Planting. The best offices and studios (including ours) always have cool…(more)


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New Remote Interior Design Services | From Paint Consultancy to Spatial Arrangements

2020/3/31

Following the governments advice, most of us will now be spending more and more time within our homes. Although it is unknown as to how long this will go on for, it seems we will be here for some time. During these unsettling moments in life, it is important that not only we adapt to change, but our houses do so too. Our homes can have a huge impact on not just our physical health, i.e having poor ventilation that can increase asthmatic attacks, but also our mental health – as we know now more than ever.  So, let us help you! Whether you need to chose a paint and can’t quite figure out if it’s Farrow & Ball Babouche or Little Green Lemon Mivvi you need, or if your children are using the dining room as playground and that box room upstairs filled with bits and bobs could do…(more)


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Garden Cabins | Our Top Five

2020/3/27

Mattinson Associates, Architects & Interior Designers Isle of Wight, have curated their top five Garden Cabins that can be used as offices, playrooms or even gyms. Slide through to see our favourites. Our homes are shifting from places of sanctuary to temporary offices, schools and gyms. In the upcoming weeks, we’ll be sharing our #toptips to dealing with the overwhelming situation around us – whether it’s exercises to reduce your anxiety or technology to make working from home that little bit easier. So, to start, we have been looking into contemporary and architecturally inspirational garden cabins to use as an office space this spring. If you would like any further information or think it might be something you’re in need of, contact us to see how we can help. https://www.mattinsonassociates.com/contact/ #mattinsonassociates


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Completed Project | Black Leaf House

2020/3/25

This month, Mattinson Associates Architect’s & Interior Designers completed one of our favourite jobs as of it – a black brick monolithic extension in Ryde, Isle of Wight. The existing house has been completely transformed to make a truly enchanting space. The rear of the house has been removed and replaced by a double storey rear extension alongside a single storey boundary extension. This has opened the house up to the magnificent views over the town and towards the sea. To see more pictures, have a look on our portfolio page https://www.mattinsonassociates.com/portfolio/blackleaf/ #mattinsonsassociates


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Choosing an Architect

2019/7/7

Mattinson Associates Architects and Interior Designers on the Isle of Wight have put together our top tips for choosing an Architect. No matter how difficult the scheme or project, Architects are problem solvers that use a combination of imagination, artistic expression and practical studies to create a home bespoke to the client. Take a look at our portfolio to see our previous works https://www.mattinsonassociates.com/portfolio/ So, with this in mind and with many Architects in Britain let alone across the globe, how do you whittle it down and find the right Architect for you? Understanding the value of an Architect: Without overwhelming anyone of heightening the pressure and excitement of remodelling your home, the value of an Architect is paramount to understand before you commit yourself to signing those fees off. It is important to understand the monetary value an Architect can bring to your home. By designing a holistic scheme and space…(more)


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The Smart Home Series

2019/4/15

  Mattinson Associates, Architects and Interior Designers based on the Isle of Wight have put together a few ideas for making your home a little smarter.  As our homes are becoming smarter than ever, we thought it would be a great opportunity to share some of new technology that is winning awards and making waves in the design world. This week, we took a look at items more specifically used in the kitchen and despite some seeming out of this world – they are all products that are in the final design stages or ready to purchase now! Have a scroll through the slider and keep an eye out for the next part of our smart home series.  One of our more recent project, Black Leaf House, has lots of smart home pieces. Follow the link here to see the finished result https://www.mattinsonassociates.com/portfolio/blackleaf/ or take a look at this smart home feature…(more)


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