Drawing Crowds To The ‘Live Design Workshop’


Professional illustrator and practice director Richard Coutts will be back talking the audience through how to create a professional design brief at the Grand Designs Theatre on Friday the 8th of May at 4pm. During the annual one-hour live session, Richard demonstrates how to compile your brief and explains what is involved in the design process during the early stages of a project.

Richard has been running this popular workshop since the first Grand Designs Live, with overhead cameras capturing the process and projecting it in real-time onto the main screen for the all to see. He and the Baca team produced over 500 complimentary sketches for visitors to the Baca stand at last year’s show.

If you would like to learn more about how to encapsulate your vision in a clear and precise way, that will also appeal to planners, or to pre-book a session with one of our team, email rpattison@baca.uk.com with details of the project and a preferred time during the show. The Baca office can be reached on 020 7397 5620.

Draw My Dream Home On Stand B28 @ GD Live 2015


Join us on Stand B28 at this year’s Grand Designs Live as the Baca team returns to translate visitors’ dreams into visual concepts. The service, now a regular feature of the Baca presence, attracts hundreds of visitors each year.

Our trained draftsmen specialise in interpreting loose thoughts and ideas into elegant depictions. The value of seeing ideas turned into physical designs is not only helpful for visitors at the embryonic stages of their own grand designs, but can also serve as a practical brief for builders.

If you would like to have your dream home take the first steps to becoming a reality, please drop-in to stand B28. Alternatively, to pre-book a session with one of our team, email rpattison@baca.uk.com with details of the project and a preferred time during the show. The Baca office can be reached on 020 7397 5620.

Grand Designs In The Pipe Line


Since last year’s Grand Designs Live, the practice has secured planning for a number of new homes that are now under development.  We also bought a 3D printer to help clients visualise the ideas – it’s great.  These are some of the latest prints, ready for this year’s show.



Featured House


Baca Director, Robert Barker and his architect wife, Jessica, have collaborated together to design and build their own mews development for their family in Forest Hill, South London. Winner of numerous design awards it shows how design excellence and innovation can be used to create beautiful homes on a reasonable budget. The brief was to create an inspiring family home, in which they could live and work, part-funded by the creation of two further homes on the site.  Given the compact nature of the site and the surrounding properties it was important that the new houses would feel private yet at the same time open and airy.

This project provides a showcase where we can take clients, and helps to further demonstrate our understanding of the client’s journey, and anxieties through the build process. We continue to refine and improve our service and to make the design and build process more understandable, smoother and enjoyable.

The design creates a small community and desirable form of co-housing, appealing to many Londoners. Although each house is individual, the development benefits greatly from a positive relationship between the properties through the shared space and common design language.  Less than 6 months old and there is already a strong sense of community and collective responsibility between the neighbours, who can pool resources to host parties or workshops, and share in tasks such as gardening. One of the most exciting features is the self-designed landscaping, including the striking green walls, trained to a geometric pattern, and the espalier trained fruit trees that line the entrance drive.

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George Clarke Talks Water With Baca, Sunday 3rd May

RB George Clarke GDLive George Clarke will be speaking with Baca’s Robert Barker and Andrew Scrace at the GD Live Theatre on Sunday the 3rd of May at 11am. The subject will be water, the practice’s speciality, with visitors to the show able to learn more about both the delights and dangers that water can bring to your property. From measures to protect and enhance existing homes’ flood-protections to groundbreaking new designs that allow new buildings to be built in areas of high flood-risk, a whole spectrum of options will be revealed. Since the UK’s first amphibious house was featured on Grand Designs last October, Baca have begun work on simplified and next-generation versions of the practice’s original design, currently going through the planning stages. If you would like to learn more about whether amphibious housing may be a solution to you, or have any other questions for the team, please drop by stand B28 to talk to the designers in person.

Grand Designs on site

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Last year Baca witnessed an unprecedented number of private house commissions. These have since secured planning, maintaining our 100% Planning success rate, and many are already on site. Including:

  • a 3 bedroom house in Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire – just completed
  • a 5 bedroom country farmhouse in Devon – under construction,
  • a 6000 sq ft Executive home for an elite sportsman in Durham – under construction,
  • a 5 bedroom house in Weybridge – under construction,
  • a 5 Bedroom 5000 sq ft replacement dwelling in Putney – start on site summer 2015,
  • a 5 bedroom house on a steep slope in Claygate – currently being tendered
  • a 4000 sq ft home on a private island in Henley and
  • a new NPF55 House in Nottinghamshire.


Each one of these Baca designs is beautiful and modern, yet born out of classical proportions. They sit comfortably within their surroundings, with large windows which soak up the views and the sun to keep energy bills low. They are, each, a sanctuary from busy modern life.


Client testimonial:

‘We first met Baca at Grand Designs in 2012. Right from the start we were impressed with the original sketches and ideas and soon developed a very good working relationship with Richard and Robert. Although our site was challenging on account of the proximity of the brook, they worked extremely effectively through the planning and design process to create a contemporary design which was not only flood resilient but compatible with the setting of the house within a conservation area. Once planning had been achieved they project managed and guided us through a rather complicated build. At the end of 2014 we moved in and the finishing touches are now being applied to the house and garden creating our much-appreciated family home.’

Owners of Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire