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Fully qualified in the ART & SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY of Architecture and, as members of ASBA (the Association of Self Build Architects), one of our specialisms is Bespoke homes for those wanting to live in a home designed to meet their needs not somebody else’s.

John Kellett BSc(hons) Dipl.Arch Dip.AP PgDip(Arch.Cons) RIBA ACA, an ARB Registered Architect and an RIBA Chartered Architect, formed his RIBA Chartered Practice in his home town of Kettering in 2008 to provide a truly professional bespoke service to add value to land and buildings that meets needs in a cost effective and sustainable way.

The practice uses the latest Building Information Modelling (BIM) software complying with the ‘BIM Level 2’ requirement for all public projects. All projects are available to clients as 3D walk-throughs and 3D PDFs to aid understanding of how the completed building will look and feel.

Whilst able to provide services across the County and surrounding Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, and Rutland, we specialise in providing RIBA Chartered Practice services to the areas covered by Kettering, Northampton and Wellingborough Borough Councils, and East Northamptonshire, Corby and Daventry District Councils.

“We have used John at KR.eativ for several commercial projects and have always been very impressed with the professionalism and outcome. The work is of a very high standard, always delivered promptly and there is a great attention to detail as well as knowledge of what is required. I would highly recommend their services.” – Mr. A. Hastings

“Our neighbours are impressed by the transformation from run-down two bedroomed house to large four bedroomed home with terrific views of the open countryside and we’ve already recommended him to others in the village.” – Mr. F, Geddington

??“We have outgrown our family home but do not want to move. Is that a problem you can solve?” YES, that is what architects do.

??“My business is growing and we need larger premises. Could you help us find a site and design us a new building?” YES, but I can also look at your business and the growth capacity of your existing premises which might remove the need for expensive relocation costs, unless of course you need to relocate for other reasons 🙂

??“We have a listed building that is becoming increasingly difficult to use and     justify as energy costs keep rising. Can you help?” YES, of course. Listed buildings can be adapted, altered, extended and refurbished to bring them into the twenty first century sympathetically without detracting from their importance. That is what conservation architects are trained to do for you.

??“We have won the lottery / inherited a heap of money and would like a new home for our family and collection of animals and cars. Is that the sort of thing you can design for us?” Yes, KR.eativ: Architects Ltd is a member of the Association of Self Build Architects (ASBA) that specialises in bespoke homes.

??“Our farm needs to diversify into more profitable forms of income so that we can pass on those additional businesses on the farm to our children so that the family can remain here for yet another generation. Can you help us?” YES, that is what architects do, there are a number of grants and loans that you can apply for to reduce the financial impact too, all without selling land or property.

??“We run our private / NHS healthcare facility from a listed building to get our preferred clientele but it is increasingly difficult to fit modern clinical requirements within it. Can you help?” YES it is an area of work I have a lot of experience in over the years.

Architect fees in perspective

Putting Architectural Fees in perspective: is about how LITTLE of the project cost your architect costs you.  And what a VALUE they are. A recent study showed that only around 10% of the lifetime costs of a building are spent on construction and repairs etc. Therefore only 1% of the lifetime cost of a building is spent on an architects fees (original design and subsequent alterations, conversion and restoration etc).

BUT people routinely pay Value Added Tax (VAT) for just about everything we buy the typical VAT rate in the UK is 20%. Larger practices than KR.eativ: Architects MUST charge 20% VAT on their fee. KR.eativ: Architects does not change VAT on fees, it does not need to.

Let’s compare what you currently are already spending on VAT with typical architectural fees. Architect average fees for Basic Services (on a house): 10%. Value is what architects add to all projects.

Does this start to put things into perspective?

For about half the amount you may already be paying for VAT in your life, you can have an architect design a custom home for you.

Sounds like a pretty good deal, doesn’t it?

And you can have additional services that increase this amount, but those are usually fairly modest, depending on what you want.

About us

KR.eativ: Architects Ltd is an RIBA Chartered Practice that specialises in bespoke homes (and a member of ASBA, the Association of Self Build Architects,) and working with existing buildings (especially listed ones) to alter, convert and extend, bringing them into functional use in the twenty-first century. I occasionally work from our narrowboat that we re-designed the interior of.

The founder John Kellett BSc(hons) DipArch PGDip(Arch. Pract.) PGDip(Arch.Cons) RIBA ACA, is an ARB registered Architect and a member of the Association of Consultant Architects . Which means an Historic Buildings Advisor, an Architectural Designer, a Client Advisor, a Technologist, a Project Manager, a Planning Consultant, a Building Surveyor, the Principal Designer, an Urban Designer, a Contract Administrator and an Interior Designer. He has over 35 years experience on projects from Country Houses, Hospitals, Resort Villages and Housing to Industrial Parks, Retail (shell and fit out), Churches and Restaurants (shell and fit out), some of them being listed buildings.  He is also a trustee of The Orton Trust.

John Kellett in Kettering, UK on Houzz


The Royal Institute of British Architects (the professional body for architects) uses a ‘Plan of Work’ which sets out the various stages of a project, the work necessary and the expected outcomes at each of those Stages numbered from ‘0’ to ‘7’.

The very first and initial stage is to get a understanding of your project in terms of requirements, site, context, timescale and budget. The way we work at KR.eativ: Architects is to request some initial details such as previous drawings or sales particulars you might have in order to do some preliminary research on Google etc. prior to meeting with you and provide you with useful advice. The initial meeting is charged at £100 (plus travel if over 20 miles).

If at that meeting we can agree to proceed to the next preliminary stage a ‘quick’, time limited, ‘Feasibility and Options Study’ to assess the site or building and its suitability for your proposed project, the fee for the initial visit will not be charged.

All the following RIBA Workstages in full as follows and we can explain in further depth if required:

Design Stages:

  • 0 – Strategic Definition = Business Case and Site Appraisals
  • 1 – Preparation and Brief = Feasibility Studies
  • 2 – Concept Design
  • 3 – Developed Design = Planning Permission application and Design and Access Statements etc
  • 4a – Technical Design = Building Regulations submission
  • 4b – Technical Design = Construction Drawings, Tender Package, Specification and Schedules etc

Construction and Post-Construction Stages:

  • 5 – Construction = Contract Administration of ‘traditional’ contracts, Payment Certification, and ‘periodic inspection’ of ‘design and build’ contracts.
  • 6 – Handover & Close Out = Practical Completion and Final Account Certification
  • 7 – In Use = ‘Softlanding’ and feedback from users

In addition the following services can be included:

  1. Uncomplex land and building surveys – specialist RICS surveyors can be appointed for more complex issues
  2. Uncomplex town planning issues – specialist RTPI planners can be appointed for more complex issues
  3. Uncomplex structural and energy calculations – specialist chartered engineers can be appointed for more complex issues
  4. Quinquennial Reports for listed buildings etc
  5. Conservation Management Plans for listed buildings etc
  6. Heritage Statements for listed buildings and Conservation Areas etc
  7. Interior Design
  8. Photography by photographer with first class honours degree in photography

All projects are carried out to comply with the BIM level 2 standard required for all public buildings using Vectorworks Architect + Renderworks. This includes any energy modelling, 3D imagery, 3D PDFs and virtual models required.

Archiblog Knowledgebase

The blogs of an architect, obviously 🙂

180519 – Reasons Why an Architect Should Design Your Home

180514 – Newsletter – May

180513 – A Sad Day

180506 – NEW Ask the Architect Service

180426 – Upgrading Existing Property

180418 – ARB & RIBA & Architecture

180416 – Zero Energy Bills Buildings

180209 – Pre-Design Options

180104 – ‘Backland’ Development Potential in Kettering

180102 – Space, the First Frontier

180201 – Ten Years Existing

180114 – Self Build

180110 – Newsletter – C21 housing

171222 – “Accessory Dwelling Unit”

171221 – Not all those who you may think, or are told, are architects are actually architects.

171213 – Architects Standard Service

171212 – “Retro-fitting” Energy Measures

171206 – Oxford to Cambridge Corridor

171123 – My Back Story

170305 – Rural Development

170220 – Newsletter 2017M02


170207 – Micro Homes / Offices / Classrooms

170118 – Working with an Architect for your Small Development

170118 – Working With an Architect for your Home

170109 – Workplaces?

170106 – Newsletter 2017M01

170104 – Adding Value to Property

161222 – Who needs an Architect?

161204 – A Simple way for Kettering to provide more homes and workplaces WITHOUT demolition or building on green fields.

161204 – RIBA House of the Year

161023-Architects for Bespoke Homes

161014-The Architect’s Education

Do not believe everything you are told by ‘market forces’

What Architects ‘do’.

Prince Charles and the Philosopher’s Stone

Kettering Ought To Be Thriving

Modern Ways of Working Provides a Huge Opportunity for Kettering to Lead the Way

Have You, Or Someone You Know, Have A Need to Add Value to Land or Buildings?

Self Build Thoughts From 1909.

Some Home Design ‘Rules of Thumb’.

Garden Village in North Northamptonshire?

Archipreneurial Sunday

RIBA Chartered Practice

Vectorworks 2017

RIBA Stage 0 + 1 ‘Client Advisor’ service


Please do contact us if we can add value, provide assistance and advice for your project. I can then send you a copy of our Project Planning Pack (which applies to homes, workplace and leisure projects as well as historic properties) and the appropriate RIBA brochure/s to help you understand the process of achieving your project within your timescale and budget requirements. We can then arrange a meeting  / site visit to give specific advice and move on to the next stages.