Architecture & planning
Our 100% record
Every planning application we have ever submitted has been approved, there have been some challenges along the way, but our determination and drive has never let us down!
As a core feature of our home remodelling programme, we offer an architectural, design, planning permission and building regulation service.
This dovetails impeccably with all building and remodelling works we are completing at your home.
We believe that, when drawing up architectural designs for your new home, extension or internal remodelling, it's vital the process starts from the inside out and not the other way around.
Before plans are submitted, we ensure the design fits the purpose for which the rooms and new building are intended.
For maximum enjoyment of your home and garden, doors and windows must be located in the right place.
The kitchen and bathrooms must be designed to function logically and intuitively.
Thought must be given to the location of furniture, beds, TVs, access to the garden, sunlight and the flow of your newly remodelled home.
Only when the internal spaces are designed correctly, do we move on to the external appearance.
Once we have developed the external elevations and balanced these with the internal design, it's time to bring all the required elements together ready for submission for planning permission.
Once the planning application has been validated, we will start to bring together all the plans, schedules and trades together in readiness to start remodelling works.
Once planning permission has been obtained and as part of the overall remodelling scheme, we will deal with all the necessary procedural requirements in readiness to start works.
Praise from our clients
Stewart & Angela
We would like to share our experience with future clients of Modern Living.
If you want something special for your home, you should work with Mark Hamilton and Modern Living. For us, they have designed and built a new kitchen and family room. Their hand-crafted kitchens are superb, and they have created for us a wonderful, spacious family room that brings our garden into the home.
The whole process has been very interactive, with design decisions talked through and agreed upon at every stage. Mark employs high-quality tradespeople who are professional, friendly, and reliable. We are absolutely delighted with the end product and cannot recommend Modern Living highly enough.
A huge thank you to Mark and all the team who worked on our “Bungalow”. We could not have wished for a greater group of people in our home.
Stewart & Angela
John & Caroline
John and I would like to express our sincere gratitude to you and all of your marvellous team for transforming our 1980’s bungalow into a complete house renovation when you opened our eyes to the wonders of remodelling and the endless possibilities to improve our home. You have supported us on our personal journey and never faltered with your energy, enthusiasm and passion and together we have achieved a truly stunning result. Please pass on our heartfelt thanks to all of the team involved for their professionalism and for looking after our home so well throughout the entire process. John and I would not hesitate to recommend Modern Living to anyone looking to renovate their home and would encourage them to work together with you, Nick and the team to unlock their home's true potential. No words can truly express what a difference the end result has made in our lives but quite simply our stunning home is now a very special place where we truly feel at peace.
With best wishes
Caroline & John
Thank you for the work carried out on the loft conversion. It was important to me when looking for a contractor I found one that I could trust in my home whilst I was at work and would keep me up to date with any decisions needed. The Modern Living team did this, with the well-planned schedule and regular updates I felt comfortable and involved with the process. The guys on site were great, hardworking with great attention to detail.
Thanks again and best wishes,
David - Westonbirt School
Dear Nick & Ted
I just wanted to send over a quick note to say a huge thank you to yourself and Ted for producing such a lovely bar unit. The quality was perfect, and the service received from enquiry through to completion/delivery has been brilliant.
The bar had its first outing a couple of weekends ago and looked great within the setting of the Reading Room and worked really well. We look forward to many more uses out of it.
Weddings & Events Manager
Kate & Keith
We are now the proud owners of a beautiful bespoke kitchen, thanks to Mark and his marvellous team of extremely professional carpenters/plasterers/electricians/cabinet makers/decorators etc.
We wanted a company that could not only fit a beautiful kitchen but one that would ensure that the room was updated, prepared and modified to a very high standard prior to the kitchen fitting. We also deliberately chose Modern Living in order to have the knowledge and support that comes with a Project Manager.
Mark was able to help us right from the start with suggestions and ideas to ensure that our completed kitchen was exactly what we wanted. And he didn't even flinch when we suggested a slightly different door style! Or when they discovered that part of the floor needed repairing! Mark was always there making suggestions, keeping an eye and ensuring that things went smoothly.
All the tradesmen involved were brilliant. Hardworking, careful and diligent throughout their time on-site with us.
A very big thank you to them all. We were also very impressed that they kept to the initial budget, charging only when extras were requested by ourselves.
We can't fully express how really pleased we are and would highly recommend them.
Kate and Keith.
Bob & Carol
Ten years on, we are as pleased today as we then with the restructuring transformation to our home designed and carried out by Mark and his team. From his initial vision through to the final details of our kitchen installation and conversion of original kitchen and utility rooms-to our new lounge we were delighted with the quality of their workmanship. They were very accurate with the timescales required for such an extensive project, meticulous in meeting all the building regulations requirements and help every step of the way and included advice on our selection of the various materials and finishes required. Our kitchen has been much admired and the quality of the workmanship in both unit construction and its fitting is superb – it looks exactly as perfect today as it did when it was installed. Mark has also provided excellent after sales' service and was ready to help with the installation of replacement units to ensure the quality of finish was not impaired. We would have no hesitation in recommending Mark and Modern Living to anyone considering a similar large transformation project and we still consider his kitchens to be the benchmark for quality.
Once again, many thanks for the help with the new dishwasher install – just so pleased that it is impossible to tell there was a replacement with the new unit installed
Bob and Carol.
Deb & Maurice
Modern Living worked extensively for us, creating a new kitchen, utility and garage. We were delighted with the finished results which look fantastic and are so glad that we went ahead with the work.
Mark and Nick were lovely and very easy to work with; polite and helpful they just wanted us to be happy with everything - and always went the extra mile to make sure they achieved that. They allowed us the flexibility to develop the project as it went along; incorporating extra features as they occurred to us as much as was possible.
Their workforce were friendly and respectful - every single trade that was involved was represented by a thoughtful person who explained their objectives for the day, worked tidily and cleared up to the best of their ability before leaving. They were all lovely, happy people.
Mark has been so good at dealing with the very few snagging items that cropped up post completion; our job was by no means on Modern Living's doorstep but for Mark and his team this has been no obstacle to providing an exceptional service throughout.
Our thanks go out to them all.
Deb and Maurice.
Chris & Andrea
It is impossible to understate how pleased we are with our new kitchen. Mark and his team have delivered beyond our expectation, not only in the finished product, but in their professionalism and insistence on causing as little disruption to us as possible despite moving walls, heating, water and electrics.
The quality of the workmanship, attention to detail and final finish is outstanding.
Particular thanks go to Gary and John for laying out the options clearly throughout the build and ensuring that we ended up with the right solutions, even when it digressed from the agreed plan.
We now have a kitchen which we will spend much more time in as it has become the hub of our house, suited perfectly for our lifestyle.
Thank you to you all.
Chris & Andrea
Good Morning Mark
Just wanted to say, our kitchen is beautiful so thank you. Practising Yoga with the doors open listening to the birds singing this morning...so peaceful its..wonderful and worth all the effort.
Mr & Mrs Coleman
As you approach Babdown Airfield, you would be forgiven to think that there was not much up there,
but you would be wrong !!
Inside the hanger is a showroom crammed full of ideas and wonderful bespoke kitchens.
Mark visited our home several times " he was very straight forward " We agreed on a design and cost for our new kitchen, timings and a date for work to start
This was followed up with a detailed itenarry for all the works as agreed, the itinerary proved very accurate, except the kitchen was finished ahead of time, to our delight
All the workmen were very pleasant and hard working, Mark's many visits kept everything on track, informed and up date.
We would certainly recommend Mark and his team
Mr & Mrs Coleman
David & Norma
We wish to express our gratitude for the excellent renovation of our downstairs cloakroom and toilet, which you and your team have recently completed. The standard of workmanship is of high quality, your team were skilled, polite, punctual and friendly. All this was overseen by you, which enabled us to achieve the finished product which we had planned, with the minimum of stress and inconvenience. When we had concerns you always responded promptly, and visited regularly to check on progress and our satisfaction. We would not hesitate in using you and your team for future projects.
David & Norma
Richard & Jane
Mark and the Modern Living team were a pleasure to have work in our home. From developing ideas to make the most of our space and rooms through to the highest standard of built bespoke pieces to the professional finish in fitting and painting.
I can't recommend the team highly enough. Thank you for the end result - absolutely delighted.
Richard and Jane
Loving our new look! The workmanship throughout is superb.
Thanks to you and your team. Jane & Richard
Helen & Jonathan
We were new to the area and contacted Modern Living simply because we saw their advertisement. The good news was that Mark Hamilton got in touch with us promptly and came to discuss our ideas. We warned him that we had the potential to be difficult clients - in the past, we have completed our own building work personally and have high standards. Our project involved building a self-contained annexe using part of the existing ground floor and then extending the remaining area to replace and improve lost accommodation. This needed to be completed while we lived on site.
Mark worked closely with us from the earliest discussions to the planning process and through to the final day. He never seemed phased by us, or our requests and the team which arrived at the start of the build became like family over the next year. There were inevitable hiccups, but the standard of work was great, Mark was always available if we wanted to talk and the home we have now is unrecognisable. One of our particular pleasures is that people come and say ‘it doesn't feel like an extension.' That means a job well done.
Helene and Jonathan
Ray & Shane
After looking at a tired and old kitchen that had eventually died on us, along with most of the appliances in it. We asked Modern Living to bring us back to life. Everything was project managed by Mark who offered us his knowledge and design expertise, keeping us informed of progress all along the way with regular meetings on-site and phone calls all along the journey. A truly professional approach by a company who are backed by a great team of skilled tradesmen and women or should I say "woman" (thanks for all the painting Helen!) The actual build of the units and the quality of workmanship involved is second to none.
What a transformation!. The end result was truly amazing. Something so lifeless has now turned into the kitchen of our dreams. We are delighted and extremely grateful for everything Modern Living has done for us and have no hesitation in recommending Mark and his team to anyone thinking of any renovations in the home.
Ray & Shane
John & Christine
We currently live in the US and needed someone that we could rely upon to refurbish our holiday let home in England. Mark is a terrific project manager, very customer-focused, a gentleman, and a joy to work with.
He is extremely knowledgeable and came up with practical and attractive design solutions. Nothing was too much trouble, and he kept us involved in all the details throughout the whole project to make sure that we were happy with the end result. The bespoke woodwork is particularly impressive.
His team were very polite and helpful. We would definitely work with Mark/Modern Living again.”
John and Christine
Josie & Jan
"Modern Living was absolutely the right choice for us.
Mark sees the bigger picture and has great flair for design and attention to detail.
He is able to interpret the needs of the client and then add practicality and style. Both Mark and Nick oversaw the day to day running of the project with a keen eye for the logistics along every step of the way, ensuring that no time was wasted or lost.
Each person involved in the project was skilled and expert in their particular field of work. They were pleasant and considerate, which is important when they are in your house while you are trying to cope with the day-to-day stresses of not having a kitchen and experiencing continuous disruption.
Thanks to Moder Living we now have a kitchen/diner to be proud of. It suits the house, is a massive improvement and a pleasure to work and live in."
Josie and Jan
Steve & Judy
What can we say, our newly refurbished kitchen is truly exceptional, never thought it could possibly end up looking this good! Steve and I cannot thank you and your team enough for brightening up our mornings, breakfasts are a whole new experience now!
Please pass on our huge thanks to Tony, Tom for the carpentry & fitting, Helen for the weeks precise in-situ painting that was required, and special thanks to 'Little Rob' who so very kindly worked at the weekend to complete the 'piece de resistance' our built in oak wine rack that everyone says looks simply stunning - oh and we nearly forgot the ideas and project management of your goodself!
We would also like to mention that all of these works were carried out extremely professionally and tidily, no mess to clear up each evening, which makes a change nowadays.
Mark, you and your team have done a fabulous job and we will recommend Modern Living time & time again.
Many Thanks To You All. Kind Regards, Steve & Judy
Peter & Carol
Dear Mark & Nick,
We would like to thank you and the Modern Living team of craftsmen for the remodelling and complete transformation of our new and superb bespoke kitchen.
From the very first visit to your Babdown showroom where Nick met with us and showed us your manufacturing capability to the completion day prior to a family special event, the whole process was managed with total professionalism from start to finish in just 12 weeks.
Prior to meeting Modern Living we had received several kitchen designs - none of which really inspired us, or seemed ‘good value for money' - the day after our visit to Babdown Airfield Mark arrived at our house to discuss our project ideas. What a breath of fresh air this visit was, Mark's enthusiasm, passion and skills for home re-modelling shone through and we knew immediately the design and project management of our new kitchen was in a safe and very experienced pair of hands with Modern Living.
“Wow, what an amazing kitchen” is the first comment said now many times by our family and friends on first sight of our new contemporary kitchen/diner, the overall design concept, usefulness of the space available and the build of the cabinetry is real ‘quality' with a capital Q.
Every aspect of the work undertaken was discussed with us in some detail at daily site meetings, ensuring that nothing was missed and all of their skilled tradespeople were ‘on the same page'.
We are simply delighted and have no hesitation in recommending Modern Living to anyone looking for ‘peace of mind' in having major home improvement work ‘Project Managed' from start to finish by an expert company, without the hassle of trying to manage numerous tradesmen and materials from ‘day to day'. The small premium paid for this was well worth it.
Thank you for your professionalism in delivering a product that not only looks stunning but is highly practical for a kitchen design, you have really transformed our home for the better.
Peter & Carol
Mike & Juile
To Mark & Helen
Wow ! what can I say..... except thank you for all your superb hard work in transforming our kitchen,
we truly love it.
Thank you too for your efficiency and patience ..... we definitely couldn't have achieved our dreams without you !
Best wishes. Julie and Mike
Many thanks, and for your as-ever excellent service.
The kitchen is looking and working as well as the day it went in - all credit to your team's craftsmanship.
Maggie & James
To Mark and his team at Modern Living,
We were so pleased that we followed a friend's recommendation and asked Mark and his team at Modern Living to replace our downstairs floor tiles. From our initial discussions, Mark has managed the whole process magnificently and his team were great, helpful and pleasant as they worked to transform our downstairs with a new floor and underfloor heating. The end result was magnificent!! The place has been transformed; our house is now warmer and much more welcoming, more practical and a much more pleasant space to relax in.
So a big thank you to all for this transformation!!
Maggy and James
James & Joe
Just a message to say thank you for producing a beautiful kitchen.
Jo and I have sat down with a glass of wine just admiring it all and what good workmanship has gone into this project. Please pass these comments to all involved.
Looking forward to phase 2!!
Thanks James and Jogy
Colin & Sue
As we embarked on the extension to our home, it was imperative that we chose a company that empathised with the character of the existing building, and we wanted the Kitchen to look as though it had been there forever.
You never ceased to amaze us with your attention to detail, support, patience and creative advice along the way. You fulfilled all of our expectations and we believe the result is truly spectacular'
Mr & Mrs Dennis OBE
Mr & Mrs Freeman
We would like to place on record our thanks to you and your team for the wonderful work they did on the remodelling of our home, which although only 10 years old needed a complete makeover.
As we were not yet living there, we were searching for an organisation to oversee the project for us. You fitted the bill exactly. We had looked around at other
companies offering refurbishment but we were not very impressed, that is until we met you and we knew we were in the hands of a true professional.
We would recommend you without hesitation. All your staff were brilliant - it would not be fair to single out any one of them - they were all very skilled, friendly and nothing was too much trouble.
Please pass on our thanks to everyone, we are thrilled with the result.
Mr & Mrs Freemand
Jenny & Paul
We have had a stunning transformation of our kitchen. Magically more space has been created with bespoke storage and a real appreciation of how the kitchen is used as the heart of the house.
All the tradesmen involved were as un-intrusive as possible and did a fine job.
Thank you !!!!!
Jenny and Paul
Mr & Mrs Holder
After visiting several kitchen shops and other outlets, we made an appointment for you to come and give us a quote.
We were expecting yet another salesman offering to replace our boxes with newer boxes and maybe the odd up to date gizmo.
How wrong can you be. Your vision bowled us over and your enthusiasm was a breath of fresh air!
All thoughts of moving house were quickly dispelled, instead, the ground floor was to be completely changed and used to its full potential, all this for the fraction of the cost of moving. The whole project, completed by your company has given our house the WOW factor that we wouldn't have thought possible.
Thank you for the skill and professionalism
Mr & Mrs Holder
Terry & Zoe
Could you pass on a big thank you to everyone involved with our project so far.
We were both surprised at how smoothly and quickly the operation was carried out despite the obvious restrictions and constraints. Least of all me pointing a camera at them!
They are a credit to your company. Pat yourselves on the back. Terry and Zoe
Mr & Mrs Ranger
You were with us for just over a year, having redecorated our bathrooms and remodelled our old garage into a new kitchen. The pre-existing kitchen was converted into a new dining room and they also built a new double garage on our lawn. The interior work including our new oak kitchen was to the highest standard.
Mark was very enthusiastic about his work and his passion for perfection was evident from the time we first met. The workman began on time and worked diligently and consistently with no significant absence throughout their time with us, weather permitting.
I was impressed by the quality of their work and in particular the regular visits by Mark to ensure we were happy with progress.
I would have no hesitation in using Modern Living again (and have done so recently!) and would highly recommend Mark and his team for their quality of work. The small premium that we paid in comparison to other quotes was definitely worth it for the peace of mind in such a large project.
Mr & Mrs Ranger
Dear Mark, For me the outstanding feature of your service is the 'one-stop shop' element.
What I wanted for my new kitchen was someone to whom I could give the keys, they do the whole job and give me the keys back when all was finished.
That's what you did for me and I am so pleased with the end result.
With any job like the one I have had done, there are 3 important words - Design, Quality and Workmanship.
I had various ideas for improving my home, but in terms of Design, no one thought laterally until you came along. Thinking outside of the box you came up with the idea of moving the kitchen into the dining room and vice-versa and this has resulted in much better use of space and a better balance to the house as a whole.
The Workmanship on the whole project has been second to none. The attention to detail was superb.
Of those 3 words 'Quality' is the most important and that's the word I would say best describes you
Mr & Mrs White
Embarking on a new kitchen was a major financial commitment, so it was important to choose a company which delivers and we could trust.
You proved to be truly refreshing in their approach to our extension and new kitchen.
Communication was always excellent. The whole team were professional, reliable and went the extra mile in helping us achieve a stunning result which was truly bespoke.
We are delighted with our new kitchen and would not hesitate to recommend you
Mr & Mrs White
We would like to thank all of the team following the completion of work at our home. From the initial concept meeting through to completion.
We can't fault the professionalism and commitment shown by all to meet both our exacting requirements and timelines. The kitchen and bathrooms are beautifully finished and a testament to the standards set by all the team in producing a quality design and finished product. Thank you
Keith & Judith
Can't praise Mark and his team too highly! Our tired 1980s house has been transformed into a contemporary home that makes great use of light and space.
We emptied our downstairs into storage and moved out whilst the bulk of the work took place. We were happy to allow Mark and the team access to the house, and they took good care of it. The team were great to work with – professional, helpful and cheerful. The quality of their work can't be faulted, with close attention to detail and a high finish. They always thought about what they did from the customer's perspective.
Mark kept to his quoted fixed costs, and the only additions were extras we commissioned. Nick's financial statements and invoices were detailed and kept up to date.
We started with some ideas for remodelling, and Mark's stimulation and enthusiasm opened our eyes to other possibilities. We had regular meetings to agree a detailed spec, which forced us to reach design decisions and then enabled the team to make good progress.
We knew we would want to add to and refine the spec along the way, so it was essential that we could work interactively with our builder. A big reason for our choice of Modern Living was that we felt comfortable having Mark as the Project Manager. He was responsive and sympathetic to our requests (even our e-mails from abroad or in the middle of the night!). He was in charge of both the big picture and the detail, and always made us feel that the most important point was that we, the customer, got what we wanted, giving his professional guidance and steer on options without imposing decisions on us.
Mark‘s resourcefulness and cheerful unflappability came to the fore when coming across the unexpected (such as discovering that the floor levels in adjacent rooms were different)! Even more, our works began just as the UK entered coronavirus lockdown, and Mark and his team did wonders to maintain workers and supplies (including queueing outside suppliers at 0700!) and to keep to timescale as far as possible.
Thank you very much!
Keith & Judith
Mr & Mrs Patrick
As with our first kitchen from you, the care and attention to detail in the design and fitting of our kitchen has been perfect.
Everything went smoothly despite changes along the way and nothing seemed too much trouble to change.
Your advice has proved to be correct on more than one occasion and the final product looks stunning, is extremely well built and works brilliantly. Thank you again for a job well done.
Mr & Mrs Patrick
We recently employed Modern Living as the main contractor on what started out to be a restaurant refurbishment
Nick and the team were quick to turn around quotes and adapted quickly as the project turned into the whole hotel.
After 3 weeks of commencing the scope of the works had trebled however this was no issue. The guys at Modern Living thought of every detail working closely with our design team.
The finished look is absolutely fantastic !
I would not hesitate to recommend Modern Living as a professional contractor who genuinely cares about the product they are delivering.
We are already planning the next projects with Modern Living as our construction partner
Neil - Estate Director