There’s no feeling like walking into your newly refurbished home. Seeing the house that started in your imagination, climbing up the stairs into your loft conversion, or feeling the sun streaming into your new extension* – it’s an incredibly special moment.
That feeling is why we got into this business. We get out of bed in the morning to help our clients make that feeling happen. It takes a lot to get there:
So let’s talk about how we get you to the moment where you open that door.
*Obviously, we can’t guarantee the sun. We’re based in Newcastle, after all.
We love being based in Newcastle. The houses that we get to work on are often beautiful Victorian properties. It’s amazing, and humbling, to see the job that Victorian architects did, with the materials and instruments they had.
But here’s the thing about Victorian properties – they were built for Victorian living. That’s why the kitchen is always hidden away at the back of the house. And the loft is built for storage, cutting down your living space.
Your home wasn’t built with you in mind. Together, that’s what we’re going to change.
Find out more about how we repurpose older buildings for modern life on our Guide to Building projects.
Acre Design has gathered a team of exceptional design professionals and given them the most cutting-edge software tools to create the home that can match your vision.
We use 3-D imaging give you a real sense of the building you’re creating. You’ll feel like you’ve been inside your new home long before it’s actually built.
But your home isn’t just for looking at – it’s for living in. So the design can’t just be a pretty picture.
We help you to think about your new dream home as a real place, and consider how you’d live there day-to-day. When will you open and close your floor-to-ceiling windows? What happens to the plumbing when the family’s staying over and every shower is on at the same time? What if you’re entertaining in your brand new reception room, and your teenager is upstairs discovering Guns n Roses for the first time?
We consider these little things. We think through the day-to-day living of your new property.
Where appropriate, we’ll help you bring in technology. There have been amazing advances in home living technology, and they’re a lot less expensive than you may think. Our team keeps its finger on the home-tech pulse, so you have the very latest options to choose from.
We are also experts in the latest building materials. We’ll help you understand your choices for eco-friendly living, for insulating your home, and for the little things that will hugely improve your life in your new home.
Find out more about our architectural design process here
So, it takes a lot to get that feeling of walking into your dream home. The right design, the right materials, the right tech, the right plan for your family.
But you also need a hundred different things – planning permission, building regulations, all that boring stuff- to go right. If things go wrong, it can mean enormous upheaval for you and your family, not to mention the cost it can add to a project.
And this is where Acre Design really comes into its own.
There are a lot of architecture firms that create beautiful designs. But there’s something else we have that other architecture firms do not. Tens years’ experience in building control.
We understand every step of the journey that you’re about to take. We know every pitfall and every loophole. We know the rules you need to follow, and how to get through them without holding up a project. Because we used to enforce them.
Acre Design has a unique track record in getting projects through the process, minimising the hassle and the cost for you.
Find out more about getting through the planning stages with Acre Design’s guide to planning permission.
A lot of pieces have to come together, to get you to that moment when you walk into your newly refurbished home. Every project is different, but it all has the same goal. Our job is to get you to that moment as quickly as possible.
We never forget the position of trust you put us in. You may only renovate your forever home once in your life. Getting it right will vastly improve your quality of life. Hold-ups lead to upheaval for you and your family.
You can’t buy your dream home. You need to create it. And we’ll be with you every step of the way, right until the point when you open the door.
Alistair Crerar is the principal and Managing Director of Acre Architectural Design. His background is a little unusual, given his position.
After his degree in Building Surveying, Alistair worked at three different local councils, as a building control specialist. He assessed architects’ plans to ensure that they had all the necessary compliance. He visited five or six building sites a day. Amazed to see the same mistakes coming up again and again – mistakes that cost home owners times and money – Alistair decided to create Acre Design.
He knew that he could make a difference – not only had he seen every potential pitfall, but he understood the quickest ways through the planning process.
He wanted to help. He wanted to improve people’s quality of life. He takes great pleasure in visiting building sites and witnessing a dream home come to fruition.
Acre Design is now a rapidly growing architectural design company, with a team of dedicated, driven and creative professionals. Laura, the office manager ensures that you are kept up-to-date with communications and last year a full time in-house structural engineer joined the team, setting them apart from the rest.
Today, he uses his years of experience in Building Control to ensure that Acre Design projects fly through the process.
We would like to thank Alistair and his team for providing us with plans for our kitchen extension. We found Alistair very professional and helpful listening to what we wanted and giving us some great ideas in return, we would not hesitate to recommend them.
Alistair has managed to build a firm that focuses on excellence. We were planning an extension recently and it would have been easy for Alistair to push his ideas on to us but instead he actually listened to what we wanted and ensured his ideas complimented our own.
We have found Acre Design to provide friendly efficient and quality service whom have been focused on our needs as clients. They have progressed a successful application for planning permission for an extension to our home and navigated us through the challenges this can bring. I would recommend them to all. Many thanks
Called for a design quote after recommended by a local builder, came back with a quote quickly and engaged them for the work. Met the agreed timescales for the completion of the design and no issues, very professional outfit and happy with the work.
Nothing but positive things to say about Alistair, Laura and the team. Nice design, accommodated what we wanted and the drawings were great. They directed us to the next steps and put us in touch with some others great services. Building starts next week!
Excellent service, great design and extremely competitively priced. Will definitely use again and recommend.
A very professional and timely service from Alistair and his team. Our ideas and requirements were taken on board and carefully developed in sympathy with the existing house. The drawings for an extension and internal remodeling works were excellent and following receipt of planning and building regulation approvals competitive tenders were invited and a builder appointed with a start on site next year. I would have no hesitation in recommending Acre Design.
Would recommend to anyone needing plans drawn. Alistair and his team have been very good throughout. Their experience and expertise meant that they managed to design exactly what we wanted, all within building regulations. We got a lawful planning certificate straight away. All plans were done very quickly, and all our questions or request were answered straight away. Will use them again if ever I need more plans drawn.
We chose Acre Design simply because they were local and have had good reviews. We just walked in without an appointment but were treated very well by Alistair and his lovely team of people from the start. We wanted an extension to our 80's built house to improve our kitchen and create a new dining room. Acre really listened to us and understood exactly what we wanted. They came out to our house and took initial measurements before coming up with very professional plans. We asked for some minor changes which were done quickly to finally come up with what we really wanted. Planning permission and building control were all dealt with by Alistair very efficiently. They recommended a good builder who we employed. All in all we are very happy with Acre design and would recommend them for their very professional but also friendly and approachable attitude.
Could not recommend this company enough. Very reasonable price for a high level service from start to finish. We love our new home, it has exceeded all of our expectations. 100% recommend.
We chose Acre design after a recommendation from a neighbour. The service we received was outstanding! Every little detail was covered, and my builder has commented on how good the plans are. The team are really friendly and good at answering any queries you have. They also took care of the planning application and building control. I would highly recommend this company. Thanks Andy K
As an extremely busy Building Contractor, it is very important that the drawings and specifications we receive to prepare Tenders and Quotes are detailed and clear. It is a pleasure to work on drawings, specifications and 3D designs that Acre Design prepare.They consistently deliver the highest quality documents enabling us to very accurately prepare our quotes and use as working drawings throughout the projects.www.giraffebuilding.com
We are using Acre Design for the second time now as they delivered a high quality service on our first project. Alistair was punctual, efficient, polite and always willing to assist in all matters relating to the build. I would highly recommend Acre Design if you are seeking a pragmatic, seamless but also innovative approach to your project.
Alistair has been excellent throughout. From first contact he was approachable and had excellent ideas for our extension. Plans were done quickly and he was always available for questions and replied promptly to emails. Alistair came up with several good ideas and has produced a plan that is beyond anything we could have imagined. Planning permission and building control has sailed through and the planning department have been impressed with his other work.Highly recommended and would use again if I ever needed further work doing.
Alistair took care of the design and building control submission for our kitchen extension. He also sourced us a highly professional and trusted contractor to take the work forward. He gave us some great ideas in response to our brief, delivered each step on time, kept us completely informed throughout, and was extremely personable. We were really impressed with how efficiently the whole process moved along and now we can't wait to make his vision a reality! Would recommend highly.
We couldn't be happier with the service we've received from Acre Design, the process was made so easy for us from the initial concept drawings through to planning and the build. Alistair was in communication with us all the way through keeping us informed on how things were progressing. Excellent work, thank you.
We simply picked Alistair as he covered our area and with no recommendation thought we would ask him out for a chat about our design thoughts. He was helpful and enthusiastic and knew our builder when we mentioned his name. He went away with our ideas and came back with a design which with a few tweaks (which were not a problem) was just what we were looking for. Our bungalow has doubled in size and is just how we imagined it to be. Would have no problem in recommending this company.
We were very happy with the service provided by Alistair of Acre Designs. We received a quick response to our request for planning help. Alistair knows his subject and as a client we were confident that we would get a well thought out design. We would have no reservations about recommending his work.
Alistair at Acre took on all the planning and execution of the major refurbishment and additions at my family home and worked tirelessly to ensure the house was transformed into the modern attractive home it is today. I always knew I could rely on him, he provided excellent value for money and I warmly recommend him.
After trouble with our first architect, Acre stepped in and had our approvals sorted in no time. He was always on the end of the phone and kept us informed about how things were progressing. Would definitely recommend.
Alistair at ACRE was great, polite, on time, and always on the end of the phone. He took our initial idea, made it buildable, within our budget and our approvals went straight through.