Draw My Dream Home On Stand B80


Join us on Stand B80 at this year’s Grand Designs Live as the Baca team returns for another year 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 B80. Alternatively, to pre-book a session with one of our team, email atsestos@baca.uk.com with details of the project and a preferred time during the show. The Baca office can also be reached on 020 7397 5620.

Drawing Crowds To The ‘Live Design Workshop’

Back by popular demand Richard will again be drawing the crowd to his popular workshop at the Grand Designs ‘Grand Theatre’ on Saturday the 7th of May at 12noon. Richard will discuss how to compile your dream home brief and will be sketching in front of the audience.


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Drawing Crowds To The ‘Live Design Workshop’


Professional illustrator and practice director Richard Coutts will be back sketching and talking the audience through how to create a professional design brief at the Grand Designs ‘Grand Theatre’ on Saturday the 7th of May at 12noon. 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.

Baca wins ‘Practice of the Year’ at the Urban Design Group Awards

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Baca has been awarded the Urban Design Group ‘Practice of the Year’ 2016 award for its innovation and integration of water within the built environment.

In particular the judges singled out the practice’s proposals for urban design project in Nijmegen, Netherlands. The holistic project includes a major dyke relocation and new 1km-long flood relief channel as part of the national ‘Room for the River’ programme to reduce flood-risk and support urban growth in Lent. It involves the creation of 3 new bridges over the 3 years construction. Baca were invited to draw up plans for the ‘island’ that would be created between the River Waal and the new flood relief channel. Baca’s proposal for an island ’Retreat’ combines water recreation, river ecology, flood resilient development and sustainable infrastructure to create a self-sufficient ‘eco-leisure’ destination. It will be an exemplar, integrated solution and showcase for international architectural and technical innovation.


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Baca secures planning for private house in Brockley Conservation Area

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Planning has been granted for a contemporary new house within the Brockley Conservation Area of Lewisham. This contemporary three-bedroom dwelling is enclosed by a ground floor brickwork wall to match existing garden walls in the surrounding area. The Building forms a self-contained dwelling with primary views facing into a generous courtyard. The courtyard forms the heart of the modern open plan living space. The proposed building has been designed to mark the corner and entrance into the mews and create a strong connection between the primary road and the mews, leaving a positive legacy. The materials chosen are inspired from the local context and aim to enhance the character of the conservation area, as well as making the building sit comfortably within its context.

 The Lewisham Design Review Panel, who reviewed the scheme, described the proposal as ‘an exemplary scheme, which will be bold and imaginative with the potential to breathe life into an apparently unloved mews’.

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Grand Designs from last year’s show now on site


Many of the new homes from last year’s show are now on site. Here’s a sneak preview of a wonderful six-bedroom/5000sqft house, that’s nearly finished in Devon.

The new house, planned on a curve, links with the old granary to create a substantial new house that is both modern but timeless. The accommodation is inverted so that the living spaces can enjoy the stunning view of the moor over the outbuildings. The bedrooms located on the ground floor, have individual terraces out onto the southwest facing wildflower garden. The new building uses natural materials, such as local stone, to soften the modern form and creating harmony with the existing buildings.

Other homes soon to be completed include a 5-bedroom 4000sqft house in Weybridge, A Glass House on the Lakes in the Cotswolds, and a 6000sqft Executive home in Durham.