Rees Featured on Houzz

Daniel was recently interviewed by the guys at Houzz, for a feature on our recently completed Bow extension. Have a read to get a detailed insight on how our design process works.

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Terms & Conditions apply. Please read these terms carefully before entering the competition. Entering the competition constitutes an acceptance of these terms and conditions.

About Rees+Lee Architects:

The promoter of this Competition is Rees+Lee Architects. Rees+Lee Architects is a company limited by guarantee (registered company no 10002059 ). The registered address is Studio 28 Monohaus, 143 Mare Street, London, E8 3FW. VAT Number: 245876860

Who can enter:

  • The competition is open to any resident of the United Kingdom over 18 years of age.

  • A prospect of a real project within the next year.

  • A projects with a build budget of between £75k - £400k + VAT.

  • The project must be for a domestic residential house for a single family, couple or individual – no commercial projects.

  • The entry must own the property and or have full ownership of the freehold.

  • The project must entail the extension and refurbishment of an existing building.

  • The property must be within TFL’s Zone 6. 

  • The Winner will have to sign a disclosure form beforehand. This form to take any future liability away from Rees Architects

  • The competition is closed to any employees of an architectural based job and any of their close relatives.

  • Automated or bulk entries from third parties will be disqualified.

  • We reserve the right to exclude serial competition entrants who have entered more than 4 competitions in the last month.

  • There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

How to enter:

  • To enter the competition and entrants will need to retweet the competition tweet on Twitter and to enter on Instagram they simply need to like and comment on the post.

  • Entrants can only enter the Competition once, but can Like, Share, Comment, Tweet and Retweet as many times as they like.

Prize details:

  • Initial phone or video conversation with Daniel Rees, about the project and property.

  • A basic measured survey undertaken by Rees Architects – approx. cost £800 - £1,500.

  • 4 hour meeting with Daniel to explore design ideas and provide a concept design for your project.  £1,000

  • Final designs will be provided in PDF format only.

  • Design will be for concept purposes only and cannot be used for any statuary applications, construction or project pricing.

  • Any works provided for the competition are free issue and Rees Architects will not be held liable for any further works unless appointed. (this needs thoroughly checking beforehand, and may need to be check by my insurance and the RIBA)

How will the winner be selected & announced:

  • The winner will be selected at random from the list of entrants. Names will be entered into a spreadsheet and numbered and a member of staff that has not seen the spreadsheet will choose a number between x and y who shall be the winner.

  • The winner will be notified via a direct message by whatever social media platform they entered within 7 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

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  • You consent to your first name, photograph and social media handles about you being disclosed on Rees Architects digital channels or other media if you win any Prizes under the Competition.

  • Any personal data relating to participants will be used solely in accordance with UK data regulations and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent. To find out more about what data we hold and how we process data please read our privacy policy.

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  • Rees Architects do not accept liability for any damages whatsoever, including, without limitation, indirect or consequential damages, loss of profits, or any damages whatsoever arising out of, or in connection with the competition.

  • Except in the case of death or personal injury arising from its negligence, or in respect of fraud, and so far as is permitted by law, Rees Architects and its associated companies and agents and distributors exclude responsibility and all liabilities, whether direct or indirect, arising from: any postponement or cancellation of the Competition; any changes to, supply of or use of the Prize; and any act or default of any supplier, which are beyond Rees Architects reasonable control.

Rees Architects does not accept responsibility for any liability arising from technical incompatibility, problems relating to the internet, or technical difficulties of any kind and no responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason. Rees Architects shall not be liable, whether in tort, contract, misrepresentation or otherwise for loss of profits, loss of anticipated savings, loss of goods, loss of use, loss or corruption of data or information, or any special, indirect, consequential or pure economic loss, costs, damages, charges or expenses You agree to indemnify Rees Architects against all liabilities, claims and expenses that may arise from any breach of your agreement with Rees Architects. We reserve the right to change the Competition rules and these Terms and Conditions from time to time. If we do so, we will always have the most up to date terms and conditions on the Website and in the case of a discrepancy between these terms and conditions and those on the Website, the Website terms and conditions will apply. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. Any disputes arising here shall be exclusively subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems

The use of natural elements can completely transform a space, and should be intrinsic to your design. Picture yourself in your favourite space. Why is it your favourite? Is it the natural sunlight that comes through your window at dawn? Or do you love the fresh air from your houseplants? In architecture, natural elements like light, space and air can be controlled through design.

But what about the natural elements that are out of our control? Well, we need to utilise them in sustainable ways rather than work against them.

Rainwater and surface water are examples of natural elements that require sustainable management that go beyond the design. This is where the process of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) has been introduced. SUDS collect, store and clean surface water before it goes back into the environment. This is achieved by techniques that imitate a natural drainage system. It is most commonly used in urban areas where natural infiltration is affected by sealed surfaces, which can cause flash flooding and other problems.

The team at Rees Architects designed a concept that illustrates how SUDS can be used on an agricultural farm site in Essex, located about 50 miles outside of London. Click on the diagram above for a closer look at this process.

The design concept for the farm builds on the historical heritage and linkage to the agricultural roots of the site. The design takes into account and borrows what already exists in the neighbouring area, like the existing landscape and footprints for new dwellings. Beyond the linkage to the existing landscape, the architects implemented the SUDS process to depict how rainwater can enhance the functionality of the farm.

When rainwater falls on the site, it is collected and pumped into a water tank. This rainwater is collected from the roofs and other hard surfaces – like roads, footpaths and patios. Once the water is collected in the tank, it is filtered to remove as much debris as possible. The filtered water is then used on-site for water, plantation and within a new pond. The creation of a new pond creates a biodiversity for existing and potentially new wildlife.  This saves the existing water that would normally be pumped away (to the river or sea) and reduces amount of clean water to be used for watering plants and landscaping. The benefits and new opportunities of harvesting rainwater through the way of SUDS can truly transform a space.

 In simple terms, think of the entire process as the recycling of water to improve the quality of life!

Written By: Alyssa Rossi


Welcome to Rees Architects. 

My name is Dan, and our team specialises in design through innovative architecture and interiors – managing interesting projects in a range of scales, primarily in the private residential and commercial sector. 

 As a lover of design and architecture, I think most people don’t realise how influenced they are about the space or environment they are in. People will go back to places that they find comfortable and functional, without knowing why. For us, it is rewarding to help people see the potential of a space and realise why it is important to them. 

 Every project is unique to us, but we approach each project in a similar way - through a well-considered, detailed lens. We go beyond incorporating elements or materials into a design simply because they ‘look good.’ For our team, it’s a matter of considering how everything works together in a space, and how people connect with it. We explore how the human senses interact in a space – including acoustics, tactility, atmosphere and interconnectivity between spaces.

 We are here to help you explore avenues of design and architecture that you may not have thought were possible. To achieve your goals, we are open-minded to explore different possibilities and the idea of exploring new designs excites us.

 With our experience and expertise, we will guide you through the entire design and build process to keep you assured that all the required build requirements are in place and completed in the correct order. We are well versed in this process, and know all the statutory requirements you need for a successful project. This includes managing the project from a planning, building control, and construction perspective. 

 We take a holistic approach to design by collaborating with our network of different manufactures, craftsman, and suppliers to produce bespoke, considered buildings - inside and out.  


Let us work with you to design your vision.

Planning Granted - Shoreditch Conservation building

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Rees Architects received planning permission for the loft & rear extension of this this old converted Pub which is classed as building of merit in a Shoreditch conservation area near Brick Lane.

New Build Flats in Ongar, Essex

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Back in 2017 Rees Architects gained planning permission from Epping Forest Council for the development of four new build flats on a tight site in the cartilage of a listed building off of the Ongar High Street. Now it’s nice to see this project coming to life.

Rees Architect are currently overseeing the construction works that are being undertake by Ongar builders.