We specialise in Residential Design.

We find solutions for Families who find their home cramped and need more space, whose children are growing but don't want to move, and owners who need to improve or upgrade their home, make it function better or increase its value in practical, sensible and cost effective ways.

Ever wondered if it is possible to add a room to their house and how to do it?
Or consider improvements but are unsure what is sensible or a good investment?
Feel they are unclear what to do to their home to make it more useful and suit their lifestyle?
Need help to getting permission from the Local Authority?
Feel they need advice and experience on their vision or how to find the good builder at the right price?

Well, as designers we understand their hopes and anxieties. What we do is guide them on possible options, suggest things they might not have thought of, deal with all of this on their behalf and let them get on with other things. We lighten their burden.

The result is we translate their dreams into reality and find them more light and make better use of their existing space, whilst providing them project with imagination and vision by proposing solutions and materials they had not thought of using. Dealing with the local bureaucracy for them and steering their project through the planning maze and finding them a good builder and saving them from Cowboy builders. We can potentially save them money and increase the value for money of the project.

The benefits are an expert professional point of view, where they don't need to know what to do because everything is clearly explained. Giving cost effective innovative solutions, that are imaginative and beautiful and make their homes better to live in with our premium design service.

Call us on 07989412596 to discuss your project or request an information pack.
Alternatively check out our website at en.arc-in-form.com for examples of our work and our newsletter.

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • ARB
  • RIBA Chartered Practice

Serviced Areas

  • Hertford, Ware, Bishops Stortford, Stansted, Braintree, Colchester, Hertfordshire, Essex

Contact Details

  Person Justin Smith
  City Colchester
  Postcode CO1 2EZ
  Address 17 Scarletts Road
  Phone Number 01206 522 127
  Mobile 07989413596

Business Representative

Justin Smith


Products & Services


By appointing us as your Architect we can help guide you through the complexities of the planning process and later the design and construction processes. We will help you achieve added value through excellence in design, providing inspiring ideas, suggesting new ways to utilize space and enrich finishes. Beyond this we can make sure every element of the design is fully implemented through out the construction phase by monitoring progress on site to get your project built.

We are trained designers and problem solvers and can bring real value for money to your project. As Architects we have completed extensive and rigorous professional training and are bound by a code of professional conduct. The office is lead by Justin Smith a fully qualified Architect, who is both ARB (Architects Registration Board) and RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) registered.

We have experience with Residential Architecture & Interior Design. Our work ranges from New Houses and Apartments, to Extensions, Alterations, Conversions, be they Listed Buildings, in Conservation Areas, Green Belt or Urban.

Our services go beyond a set of drawings for your home - we handle the paperwork, bring value for money, while being imaginative, giving you peace of mind and keeping the project on track and to a sensible budget. Your success is ours.

We can find you light and space you did not know you had and suggest materials you might not have thought of. Whether you are looking for tradition or innovation, boldness or understatement, Arc-In-Form can lift your project out of the ordinary. Anyone can alter a building.

From Our Website

We will discuss your project for about 20 minutes, to understand what your ambitions are, what you are interested in doing and how we might be able to assist you. How can you be sure you have everything in place to maximise the chances of it being on time and on budget? Our free AIF Planning Guide is packed with useful, general advice on high level options and looks at what your project could be. We will discuss the problems you are looking to solve and the results you would like to get. We will discuss the viability of the project and help you understand the obstacles and how we can help you solve them.

As a qualified Passivhaus advocate, he brings a refreshing view to our clients projects, ensuring they have the latest thinking in quality of life, economy and design to ensure the finished build is the finest use of space and economy. He extensive experience includes roles in construction as well as design, which enables him to blend his design flair with practical build and architectural requirements. This focus aligns his designs to the requirements for local authorities and building regulations, and can be indispensable support for helping his clients bring their vision to life.