We understand your need for useable space
and want you to make the most out of it
At RK IAD, we understand your need for usable space and help you achieve the most of your home. We understand what is feasible and what is not and work closely with planning authorities to give you the best outcome.
It takes around 8 weeks for planning departments to decide on most planning applications, especially if they are straightforward and small-scale. More complicated application may take longer. Therefore, we have partnered with specialist planning advisors to facilitate the process and attain positive results from the local councils.
Whether you are extending, up, down, back, side or front, we will draw up your plans and include supporting details and documents. These details will increase your chance of approval. Inevitably, there will be some negotiation required before the approval notice is issued, which is covered by our services.
Our planning application package includes:
Planning drawings focus on the external size and appearance of the extension; they do not cover the internal space. If you wish to include internal space planning to your project, see ‘space planning’ below.
Whether you are considering remodelling, refurbishing or extending your property, we analyse your space and needs. We then work with you to create an interior layout that maximises the use and perception of space, flows naturally with your movements, and creates comfort in your day-to-day living.
As we design, we imagine ourselves flowing through the space. We explore light, sound, energy flow and consider how they affect you and those you live with. We then enhance the layout in line with your lifestyle and design preferences, keeping your health and wellbeing in your home at the heart our decisions.
At RK IAD, we pride ourselves in our ability to craft efficient layouts no matter how challenging your space may be. We understand that creativity and experience play a defining role when the space is small, where people may feel confined or lacking light or organisation.
Planning small spaces in homes and cruise ships has taught us a few lessons in creative solutions. Although we cannot add space, we endeavour to enhance the perception of it. We do it by strategically planning storage, lighting and advising on finishing materials. In the end, we strive to enhance the overall liveability and quality of your home.
A well-designed home has a positive impact on our mood and mental well-being.
At RK IAD, we make it our mission to help you:
Our speciality lies in finding the perfect combination of finishes and fixtures for your home and complementing them with refined details. We create well balanced palettes that do not overwhelm the senses and stand the test of time. With natural materials, textures and colours, we craft understated, soothing and timeless interiors that help you thrive at home.
We deliver a design set that tends to the interior details and includes:
This comprehensive and coordinated design set makes construction run smoothly without the pressure of decision-making during implementation, ultimately saving you time, cost and effort.
We design from the inside out
understanding the people we are designing for
to enable them to live comfortably in their home
RK Interior Architectural Design
We are specialist interior architectural designers based in St Albans. We master the interior layout of your home, striking the right balance between practicality, budget and style. We bring you quality and comfort, designing from the inside out and using timeless interior material palettes that enhance your life at home.
We believe that starting your project with us will save time, cost and give you peace of mind throughout planning approval, design and construction.
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As the company director, Randa draws on over two decades of interior architecture and design experience in New York and London, where she created spaces that people enjoy working in, living in, and traveling to. Her background in hotel and residential design allows her to create inspired interiors that emphasise clarity, creativity and comfort.
Early in her career, Randa worked with Michelin starred chefs Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich, designing their restaurant and hospitality venues in Manhattan. She later developed a passion for hotel interiors and designed boutique hotels such as Paramount and international brands such as Marriott and Hyatt. Randa also explored the cruise ship industry, working on super luxury projects such as the Crystal Endeavor. Her residential experience includes a Grade I listed residence in Belgrave Square, London and a Gramercy Park, New York residence which was featured in Oprah at Home magazine.
Throughout her career, Randa connected with the people she worked with to deliver their design aspirations. With her knowledge, vision and capabilities, people feel they are in safe hands to realise their project’s potential.
Founded on years of dedication to the design and architecture industry, Randa set up RK IAD in St Albans where she lives with her family. She is currently in the process of carefully building a team of experts to better serve her clients.
Our goal is to give you peace of mind throughout planning, design and construction, making the process seamless and enjoyable
Throughout the process, we will be your advisor and
have your best interest at heart
Consultation: free 30-minute introductory video call to discuss the project scope.
Site Appraisal: site survey and client meeting on design preferences and project details.
Design Brief Document: a summary of our understanding of the project and your requirements.
Initial Design: based on the brief document for first review.
Developed Design: schematic drawings expanding on the initial design for second review.
Detailed Design: final detailed drawings and specifications for tender and design implementation.
Planning Application: prepare and submit application when required.
Structural Calculations: by structural engineer based on our drawings
Regulation Drawings: by surveyor based on our developed design to complete Building Regulation Drawings.
Site Visits: to resolve site queries during project implementation.
Quality Control: review and sign off finish samples and shop drawings.
Procurement: procure finishes, fixtures and fittings specified in the detailed design to benefit from our trade discounts.
Handover: walk the site with the client and create a snagging list for the contractor to complete.
BBC, Sydney Street Productions
Interior designer judge on BBC's show The Best House in Town, featuring homes in St Albans.
FX International Design Awards 2020
The Wullcomb Build To Rent project completed with CRTKL is shortlisted in this prestigiuos award.