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Aura Planning defines what design outcomes you want when commissioning domestic building work or buying a new home. We help home movers and home renovators get a house design that delights.

How Aura Planning can help with house design 

We all spend a lot of time, energy and money finding the right property and then renovating it so it feels like home. But we have few, if any, tools for helping us identify, define and then describe exactly what qualities we are after. When two or more people are involved, such as partners in a relationship, this vagueness can lead to friction, delays and decisions that fail to deliver the ideal ‘dream home’.

Aura Planning provides tools for describing what you like and what qualities you want from a home. It helps home buyers and renovators define the experiences they are after. 

Collaborate with Burland Aura Planning

James Burland is an architectural advisor who, over a career as an architect designing a wide range of different buildings, felt the building user wasn’t getting enough say. Although users were often consulted, they were not encouraged to share the mood they wanted a building to give them. 

The permanent design features of a home all influence the way you feel and all good architects can create moods through design. But they need to know what mood you are after! Those moods will be different where you are in relation to the building and what you want to do in the building.

James encountered mood specification when designing large sports stadiums where the spectator’s experience is crucial and carefully planned. The interplay of light, sound and air is the spatial experience and it differs depending on whether you are approaching, entering, moving through or staying in the home, and whether you are alone or with others.

He researched the published research on the area on a masters degree at Cambridge University and developed the Burland Aura Planning process. He has subsequently applied it to several domestic projects and found the home owners were always delighted to have found a way of expressing the feeling they wanted their home to give them.

Who we work with

  • Home renovators who want to improve their living space through building projects designed to adapt your current building to better meet your needs such as extensions, kitchens side returns, loft conversions and pools

  • House buyers looking to find a property to suit all family members with insights into what sort of features you should be looking for, the type of building and the location most likely to satisfy 

  • Home buyers not sure what characteristics they need to look for

  • Home dwellers trying to decide whether to improve or move 

  • House sellers who want to describe how their property could meet lots of different people’s requirements 

  • Property developers who want to convey how a development could appeal to different types of buyer

  • Planning departments when writing policy for types of homes

  • Estate agents looking for more convincing ways of explaining why a property is appealing 

  • Do it yourself enthusiasts wanting to clarify what they are trying to achieve

  • Interior designers who want to a process for discovering and agreeing their clients’ needs

  • Home stores who want to demonstrate the potential of products to transform the atmosphere of homes

  • Shared Freehold and Leasehold housing company boards of directors

  • Residents Associations

  • Neighbourhood Action Groups

  • Hotels, Resorts and Tourism operators

  • Tourism Boards

Project: Surrey Family Home

We all spend a lot of time, energy and money finding the right property and then renovating it so it feels like home. But we have few, if any, tools for helping us identify, define and then describe exactly what qualities we are after. Estate agents’ descriptions go little beyond the number of rooms and their dimensions. the dream home. 

Influences from past design experience

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Interested in working together?

How does aura planning for house design work?

It works by gathering together the preferences of each person involved in the design of the house and identifies common ground so agreement can be reached. This becomes a brief you can use to talk to estate agents, architects and building contractors about what you want. Once you receive design proposals, you can use the aura planning brief to check they will achieve what you want of the project.

When to talk to us about house design?

The earlier you discover and define your preferences for how you want your home, the easier it will be to find one that will suit you or has that potential, through renovation. If you already have a home and want to plan its renovation, again, talk to us at the start of the project to help define what you want. It will save you time and help you find the right suppliers.

What outcomes can aura planning achieve for house design?

  • what you want from a space so you’re more likely to be delighted with the result - be it a house purchase or building renovation

  • Clarity about the thing that is hardest to define, yet is the most important aspect of any building project, the feeling you want it to give you. 

  • Definition of the right range of atmospheres you need the building to provide.

  • Agreement about what all those involved want

  • Clear direction for all members of the design team

  • Seeing potential in a property in a shared way

  • Identifying what you value in a property and what you don’t so you don’t pay for what you don’t need

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