Modern Contemporary Residential Architects



Who We Are

JHD Architects specialise in modern contemporary architectural design for new houses, residential extensions and listed buildings. Our clients look for inspirational design to enhance their lifestyle and want to be challenged to get the best from their building.

We explore our clients dreams and turn what can often seem like conflicting requirements of building and cost constraints, planning restrictions and technical problems into a design that is elegant, beautiful and timeless. We call it “Design Magic”. You can see from our portfolio a proven track record for designing and building visually striking yet practical homes in which to live, work, relax and entertain. Our preference is for simple and elegant design that maximises the potential for light and space. Our designs have that ‘wow’ factor and are sufficiently flexible to adapt to the long-term changing needs of our clients.


Trust in Our Expertise


We have been working as architects for decades and we highly value the trust that each client places in our hands. The key to this is the way we listen to our clients and include them in every part of the design journey. You can trust in our expert advice to help you navigate the complex process of building and ensure that the final built design meets your aspirations.​


Project Types We Work On




On all our projects we offer a full Architects service

from concept to completion.


Key elements of the service include:

  • Analysing client requirements

  • Feasibility and concept design

  • Detailed design

  • Planning and listed building applications

  • Detailed construction drawings

  • Specifications

  • Cost control

  • Building regulation approvals

  • Obtaining the best price from builders by tendering or negotiation

  • Agreeing building contracts

  • Site inspections

  • Project management


Where We Work


From our Tunbridge Wells office we cover Kent and East Sussex, town and country, conservation areas, areas of outstanding natural beauty and greenbelt. We travel further afield for interesting projects.

Planning Consent


One crucial factor for any construction project is planning consent. Our knowledge of planning policies and planning authorities helps us identify the best creative planning approach and so avoid delays. We have an excellent track record for obtaining planning permission, especially for homes in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, replacement new houses in Greenbelt land and for contemporary residential extensions to grade 2 listed buildings.

Virtual Reality 3D Models


​We use 3D design to its fullest extent, producing 3D virtual reality models for clients to ‘walk around’ before the first brick is laid. Working so extensively in 3D also our designs are matched by the reality of construction. This clarity of information saves money by avoiding costly changes on site and controlling your financial risk.

How Feasible Is My Project?

​Like most clients one of your first questions about your project is probably; How feasible is this? Can I get planning consent, how much is it going to cost?

We can’t answer those questions in detail without doing a lot of work, but sometimes you might only need an initial indication, just to test your idea out. That’s where our free desktop assessment might help, particularly before you buy a new house or start a major renovation or extension project. Click on this link if you are interested.

Get In Touch


Call us on 01892 231172 to talk to us about how we can help you achieve your building project ambitions

Or by filling out our contact form.

Passionate about contemporary architecture | Delivered to the highest technical standards

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