Good architectural designers planning a build, extension or conversion often incorporate elements that reflect the personality of an individual or a family that they’re working with.

Through listening carefully to clients, designers can add personal design features that are unique to your home alone.

However, for a lot of people getting creative with architectural design can be a challenge and a little intimidating. Knowing how to make the best use of the space available and understanding what options are possible realistically can make it hard to know where to start.

At Fairtech, we want to give your creativity a little nudge.  If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your home through a re-model or are considering an extension plan design with a difference, we present to you three key architectural design trends of 2018 to inspire your imagination.


OK. This isn’t a new trend for 2018. But open plan living areas have grown in popularity in recent years and are becoming a timeless feature of many modern houses. Open plan living allows rooms to serve a multi-functional purpose, flexible enough to keep up with the demands of family life. Bright, roomy, and oozing with minimalist chic design, open plan living quarters aren’t going away any time soon, and could be the perfect inspiration for your building drawings.


Bi-folding doors are becoming more and more commonplace across homes in Widnes, Runcorn and Warrington, and look to remain a key architectural trend in 2018. Bringing the outside in, they provide great views of your garden throughout every season, whilst adding extra light into the room.

Open them wide and invite family and friends around for a barbeque, using your garden and living area as one great space perfect for socialising and making the most of good weather. Or, keep them closed, cosy up with a warm drink and blanket, and watch the world go by on wet, grey days. For families with young children, bi-folding doors can offer peace of mind that the kids can access home and garden freely, without the worry of trapped fingers or patio door glass as they play and explore. 


With climate change concerns, and evidence of growing pollution on a global scale, doing what you can to help on a local scale is going to be a priority for architectural designers in 2018. From using sustainable materials for a big build, to optimising the energy efficiency of a conversion, there are lots of eco-friendly features to be taken into consideration when designing. Using a reliable architectural design service like Fairtech in Widnes, will also ensure that your sustainable project is compliant with building regulations.

If you’re feeling inspired and would love to have a chat about your big build idea for your next project in Halton, Warrington or St Helens, contact Matt at Fairtech who can offer no-obligation professional advice on how to turn your thoughts into a reality.