Added Value Architecture Ltd. is an award-winning RIBA Chartered Practice specialising in residential architecture. Our fresh design approach and friendly team can help you to create a beautiful, functional home.
RIBA Chartered Practices are the gold standard of the architecture profession – the best of the best – and the codes the practices abide by exist to ensure and protect the highest level of professionalism.
Chartered Architect & Director
BA(Hons), Dip Arch, RIBA
Karen launched Added Value Architecture Ltd in 2018 to provide better homes and approachable, professional architectural services for homeowners and residential developers. Her mission is to add value to every project that she is involved in. Whether your project is personal or speculative, Karen will steer you towards the best possible solution to your design dilemmas.
Having worked in the construction industry over 20 years, Karen has gained a wealth of experience in temporary works, structural engineering and architecture. She is a RIBA Chartered architect and has worked for several award-winning RIBA Chartered practices in Cheshire.
Karen has a passion for residential architecture and a talent for reconfiguring internal layouts to make spaces work more effectively. She takes pride in offering architectural solutions which challenge preconceptions and add value, not just square footage.
Kevin joined Karen on her mission to create better homes one year after the practice was launched. Kevin’s background in management and outstanding customer service makes him the perfect ally for ensuring the practice operates smoothly and professionally at all times.
Kevin is the first point of contact for our potential and existing clients, offering a warm and friendly introduction to our processes, booking appointments for our free consultation service and providing on-going support every step of the way.
We know that engaging an architect and embarking upon a construction project can seem like a daunting prospect. Our approachable team aspire to make the process as smooth and enjoyable as possible by providing an exceptional design service with clear communication at every stage of your project.
Master of Architecture
Edward joined the team shortly after completing his Master of Architecture degree at Manchester School of Architecture in 2020. He also holds a degree in Architecture and Environmental Design. Edward has experience in designing outstanding one-off homes (including Paragraph 79 dwellings*), re-use extensions and masterplanning for larger residential developments. He is passionate about creating architecture that improves the environment we live in; creating beautiful places which engage with people and creating seamless transitions between inside and outside spaces. He cares deeply about environmental and social sustainability, ensuring the end users needs are met in both the design and construction process.
*Paragraph 79 of the National Planning Policy Framework allows new dwellings to be built in the countryside if they are truly outstanding or innovative, reflecting the highest standards in architecture.
Master of Architecture
HNC, BA(Hons), M.Arch
Michael joined the team in March 2021 with experience in architectural surveying and designing residential housing with structure and detail in mind. Michael has previously worked on specialist care, extra care and dementia care housing and approaches every client as unique and valued.
Michael earned an NVQ level 3 in Carpentry and an HNC in Construction prior to studying for a degree in architecture. Following this, Michael studied and was awarded a Master of Architecture degree at Manchester School of Architecture. Michael can offer you construction and design advice with the knowledge of how things work and fit together and is always happy to take questions and put your mind at ease.
Michael also creates 3D models and rendered images to help clients visualise a space, and the potential value of that space.
Jurgen is our part time office assistant; assisting with everything from vacuuming the office floor to protecting the team from the postman.
It's a rare treat to have this little guy in the office with us. He's not great at design, but he does give a warm welcome to everyone he meets. His favorite spot is under Edward's desk where he serves as a great foot warmer!
At home, he is an avid guard-pup and protector of his clan. Loyal to the core and always eager to please!
"Great personalised service, nothing too much trouble and has provided solid advice at every step as well as helping to overcome obstacles. Highly recommended!"
Mr and Mrs MacCuish, Congleton
"Karen's dedication and focus on delivering to us our beautiful home never wavered during the complex design and often technically difficult build process. We have no hesitation in saying that had Karen not been on our "job" we would not have the house we now enjoy living in."
John & Sue Lawson, Higher Whitley
"We can highly recommend Karen, she drew up plans for us to add extra bedrooms to our dormer bungalow. She knew exactly what we wanted and did not disappoint. Karen was so helpful and always responded to queries very quickly."
Mr and Mrs Hough, Congleton
2022 Most Trusted Residential Architecture Practice, Cheshire - 2022 Home Builder Awards
2021 Leading Residential Architecture Specialists, Cheshire - 2021 Design & Build Awards
2020 Residential Architect of the Year- Central England, Cheshire - Central England Prestige Awards
2019 Best Residential Architecture Practice 2019 - Cheshire: BUILD Architecture Awards
2019 Best Residential Architectural Specialists 2019 - Cheshire: 2019 Home & Garden Awards
2012 Ibstock Research and Analysis Prize. Project: Rethinking Prison Architecture
2012 Exhibited at RIBA superMODELS Exhibition, Liverpool. Project: Togetherment Dwellings
2008 Highly Commended for Architectural Design - Northern Design Awards. Project: Urban Treehugger House
2007 Exhibited at MSA ‘Best of the Best’ Exhibition, CUBE, Manchester. Project: Amsterdam House