TLM is a small architecture and design practice based in south-west London.
We have been working in this sector of the construction industry for more than a decade.
We are confident we can bring new ideas to your project.
To us, the biggest value of a designer is asking the right questions to get to what you need.
What we do
What we have found on numerous occasions is that it is not the shortage of space but the uneconomical arrangement of spaces that makes your house feel cramped. Often, even without extending your house, we can help you gain space by getting rid of dead space and making the most of what you have.
If your existing house is simply too small for your needs, then extending is a good way of getting additional space. Generally speaking, the simplest and cheapest way of doing that is by extending on ground floor, either to the rear or the side – or both. Sometimes the only way to go is up, especially if it is that one extra bedroom that you need, and we can help you plan a loft that makes the most of your roof space.
It is a rare opportunity to be asked to design a new building, especially taking into account how built up our areas of work are. So, when the possibility arises, we are very happy to be involved. We enjoy exploring the options with a combination of hand-drawn sketches and digital models to show you what can be done with your site and how we can get the most out of your project.
How we work
Between us we have a comprehensive set of skills, and we are able to take your project from brief to completion.
During our initial meeting and the correspondence that follows, we will gather as much information as we can about how you live, how you would like to live, and what you would like the improved building to be.
The measured survey is a set of drawings that is produced after the building is measured up. This includes any or all of the floor plans, external elevations, sections and site plan. These drawings form the basis of all the drawings we will produce, and can be done by us or by a third-party surveyor.
Using the survey drawings as base, we will translate your needs into a set of concept design drawings that shows various layouts of the space. The meeting that follows is often the most interactive, where we discuss the options that were prepared and cull ideas to get to the layout that most closely represents your ideal.
Scheme level design
The preferred layout from concept design is refined and presented for your approval to go forward. The agreed scheme is developed into a set of drawings for applications with Development Control.
Most projects require permission from the local authority, and our scheme-level drawings show enough detail for such applications. During the process we can address any questions the Planning officer might have.
Detail design and Schedules of work
This is where it gets really interesting, and where the big decisions have to be made: finishes, services, and who will be doing what. The project is now ready to be priced and built.
We know that there are always questions that come up on site, and we are happy to be on call to talk things through with you or the builder. Sometimes the best way is to meet up over pencil and paper, and we are very happy to that, also.