A fresh new architectural face in Lymington
Introducing Forest Architecture and Natalie Skeete
If you’re in need of some creative “vision” for a building project and are looking for something a little bit different and exciting yet also sympathetic to its context, there’s a new young architect in Lymington Town - and first impressions are impressive.
Natalie Skeete is the sole proprietor of Forest Architecture, a new architectural practice in Lymington. She grew up in London, gained a first class degree in Architecture at Portsmouth University and a Masters at the University of Bath where she is currently a visiting tutor. Now living in Lymington she’s keen to take on more local work in the New Forest and Hampshire. She’s young, clever and talented, enthusiastic and empathetic - and Lymington is lucky!
Range of creative, often challenging projects
Natalie loves to work on exciting, challenging assignments which are sometimes unusual too. To give you an idea of her creativity and capabilities, here are a couple of examples of recent and current projects - you can read the full stories and view many more photographs and plans, on the Forest Architecture website.
This is a new build office in front of an existing shed, with access points between both buildings at ground floor level, making the most of a northerly aspect for internal working conditions, whilst maximising light and valley view for the “special” meeting room. Natalie has used metal cladding to match the neighbouring building for the roof and the external walls, accented with idigbo timber around all window and door reveals. The finishing touches, which add so much.
This is an imaginative renovation of and new rear extension to a private house in Milford on Sea which was once a gamekeeper’s store. The old, listed building had suffered from damp and decay over the years. Natalie is creating a deceptively simple modern textured glass and brick extension which will allow maximum light into the new dining space, whilst new doors connect seamlessly to the rear garden. Subtle, airy, spacious – beautiful.
Planning permission taken care of
Natalie has just taken on her first local full private house commission, a completely new build in Sway. She is also working with a local church in Lymington and on a number of projects for listed buildings, often in conservation areas or with other difficult constraints. She deals with all the planning applications and processes, which has helped her rapidly to become an expert in the particular requirements of our local planning departments.
Smaller projects too
Don’t be deterred if your project is on a smaller scale - Natalie will be delighted to discuss it with you, if you’re prepared to give her some creative free rein.
Free site visit
For a first meeting Natalie usually prefers to come to visit you at the proposed site. If this is a local meeting it is normally free of charge.
Whilst with you she will listen carefully to your thoughts and ideas so far, and consider factors which may be relevant to take into consideration such as another house backing onto the garden. She’ll ask you about your “must haves” and your “nice to haves”, and will take photos for her reference. She’ll show you examples of relevant work from her portfolio. At the same time you’ll get a really good feel for her knowledge, experience, relevance, and personal style.
No VAT - good news for residential customers
Natalie is not VAT registered so does not charge VAT on her services. This is especially good news for private, residential customers who cannot reclaim the 20% VAT like most businesses.
So if you’re considering hiring an architect for a project however big or small, Natalie would be pleased to hear from you. (Or if you know someone else who is - pass the word!)
You can contact Natalie by phone or email:
Telephone (landline): 01590 688524
Telephone (mobile): 07713 585440