'Abode means Home'
The name abode came from a simple philosophy, to make every project from the smallest extension to the largest public development, feel like home in form, design and function. A feeling that comes from understanding our clients’ needs by inquisitive listening and explorative collaboration.
Over 15 years ago Andrew and Rosemary Tomkins opened their RIBA chartered practice in Farnham, Surrey. Our award-winning office space, a former blacksmith’s forge in the centre of the town, showcases our ability to refurbish historic buildings as well as create contemporary new spaces.
The practice was established based on innovative, bespoke designs that delight our clients. We have a creative and inclusive approach to design and we also enjoy the disciplined process of implementing the designs on site. Our professional expertise allows us to support our clients and oversee a project from a conception, through the construction phase to completion. We genuinely care about our clients and wish for them to enjoy the experience of building.
Farnham is our home and most of our work is in the Waverley Borough but we also work in London, Sussex, Hampshire, Kent and surrounding regions.
|RIBA chartered practice with over 15 years experience||98% of planning applications approved since 2003|
|Category and overall winners of prestigous local awards||Waverley accredited Agent & Partner of LABC|
|Passionate about the exploration of design options with sketches and 3D CAD models||Our technical drawings and extensive site experience sets a high standard for construction|
Mr and Mrs Woodley, Church Crookham
"We were delighted with the innovative design for an extension to our 1960s built house. The finished project has elicited a "wow" from everyone who sees it. We also greatly appreciated the support while the building work was being undertaken."
Denise and David Todd
"Many, many thanks for all your efforts to achieve planning approval for our project.It is a milestone as you so rightly say and it is great to have a positive outcome after all the hard work and the long wait."
Charlotte and Paul Smitherman
"Abode stood out from the other architects we met, as they gave us confidence in the level of creative design and technical detail needed."
Clive and Jenny Barnard
"Greg's involvement in the design of, and planning application for, our extension made the whole process much easier despite the many hurdles placed in our way by the planning authority. He was very competent as well as being pleasant to deal with. We were absolutely delighted with the result."
Anthony and Caroline Philipson
" The service and attention we received from Andrew and Rosemary was exceptional as was their vision for our renovation. Their attention to detail was key to delivering our dream home and we couldn't be happier with the final results."
Alan Holland, Administrator, Charton Manor Care Home
Many thanks for your enterprise and providing the catalyst for the project. Everyone is so impressed with the dormer windows and the transformation in providing two additional en-suite rooms and the overall end result of the accessible toilet.
How we work
We are problem solving specialists who enjoy pushing design boundaries and sketching ideas. At an early stage, we collaborate with local authority planning and building control departments and our cost consultant to test the feasibility of the project. We adhere to high ethical standards, for example only specifing timber from sustainable sources and not designing or installing UPVC windows.
The communicative and confidence inspiring nature of 3D models allows clients to make informed decisions. These models are flexible tools and changes can be made in real time with the client sitting at our desk. Our model is for everyone: from client walk-throughs, to testing the effect of a design on sunlight for the planning officer, to locating the height of a steel beam for the engineer and builder.
Site operationsWe have overseen a variety of projects during the construction phase and this experience provides us with extensive technical knowledge and a keen eye on buildability. We advise on tendering to a range of local contractors and can be assigned to keep control of project finances during the build.
FeesOur client agreements have a tailor-made scope of works and we like to help you with exactly the services you require. Clients can save fees by getting involved with the design processes and taking on certain tasks if they wish. Alternatively, we are happy to complete all the work ourselves if the client does not have time to be ‘hands on’.
Meet the team
Andrew J. Tomkins BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA (Chartered Architect)
Studied at Edinburgh College of Art and The National School of Architecture, Paris-Belleville
Architectural Interest: Contemporary Architecture and Sustainability
Rosemary A. J. Tomkins BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA (Chartered Architect)
Studied at Edinburgh College of Art and KADK, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
Architectural Interest: Natural light in buildings
Amanpreet K Bhullar BA(Hons), M. Arch (Part II Architectural Assistant)
Studied at Kingston University and Architectural Association School of Architecture
Architectural Interest: Conservation and Organic Architecture
Dymphna Evans, Practice Manager, BSc Economics and Politics
Also works as a freelance book editor