About Us

Back to Front Exterior Design was the first company to specialise in exterior remodelling and have nearly 20 years experience transforming ugly, dated houses into beautiful homes.

A family run business, the owners George and Yolande Hesse and their daughter Alexandra are serial house developers and have hands on experience in the building trades and refurbishment.

Working with a passionate and talented team, Back to Front understand the challenges and opportunities of undertaking a remodelling project of this nature and are in a unique position to pass on this experience to their Clients.

"We set our stall out differently from other practices - we don't do big commercial or public works, town planning or developer estates - we only do bespoke residential remodelling and refurbishment. Your home is your primary asset, so when a Client comes to us with their problem property it can be an emotional process for them, with lots of aspirations, hopes and dreams coming head to head with financial restraints and planning/building regulations.

It's really important to understand the specific needs of this design sector to get it right. Not only does it need to function really well to make busy lives as easy as possible but your home is somewhere you want to feel proud of and be uplifted. Kerb appeal is vitally important and is too often neglected, even though it has such a bit impact on value.  We want to stay focused on achieving the best results for the main asset in peoples lives and transform their uninspiring, depressing houses into homes which make you feel good, back to front and inside out."

Alexandra Hull - MD

What We Do

Our design package covers exterior remodelling, interior re-design, extensions, planning, building regulations, construction detailing, materials sepcification and tender.

3D Visualisation

We see houses in three dimensions, so why look at design proposals any other way? All our drafts are presented in 3D, so you can fully understand what is being proposed and make important decisions about how your new home is going to look and function internally.  

We are passionate about detailing

The devil is in the detail. Right from day one, our proposals detail colour, materials, window and door styling, furniture layouts, even landscaping. This provides  you and your builder a clear vision of what you want to achieve and how to implement it.

A consultative design process.

It sounds obvious but your feedback is an integral part of the design process. Sometimes Clients are worried this means we will just draw up your ideas but by understanding your needs and those of the house fully, we can offer simpler, cheaper or better alternatives that you might not have thought of and work together on finding the best design solutions.

A Holistic Approach

The Back to Front design approach is to look at the whole house, addressing all the elements, internally and externally that are not currently working successfully. We should call our selves Back to Front Inside Out!

Careers

Back To Front Exterior Design Ltd. specialise in remodelling ugly residential houses into award winning, high-end family homes. We pride ourselves in providing sensitively designed residential schemes to dramatically change the style of the existing facades and remodelling the internal spaces to allow the home to fulfill client’s modern-day family lifestyle requirements. We are very passionate about detailing and the specification of architectural materials in order to deliver the client a well thought out and successful scheme.

If you feel you have the passion and talent to join our thriving team, based in Farnham, Surrey, we’d like to hear from you. If we have no current positions vacant we are always keen to hear from talented architects and technicians with a passion for residential design. Please see our available vacancies listed below :

Senior Architectural Designer/Technician

Based in Farnham, Surrey - Position available immediately

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We are looking for an experienced Architectural Technician and Designer to join our thriving open plan studio, based in Farnham, Surrey.

Taking on schemes from concept design and planning through to the preparation of construction drawings, technical details, building regulations applications, specification writing, tender documentation and analysis. You will need to have excellent technical and construction knowledge, be creative, passionate about design, have a critical eye for detail and able to produce high quality, well presented clear drawings in a time efficient manner.

 Essential requirements:

  • Minimum of Degree qualification on Architecture or equivalent in construction.
  • Extensive residential experience and passion for domestic architecure.
  • Up to date Archi-CAD experience.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of current uk planning policies and national development framework.
  • Extensive detailed technical drawing experience.
  • Extensive working knowledge of current uk building regulations.
  • Competent domestic client specification writing.
  • Excellent client and contractor liaison experience.
  • Ability to technically design & detail houses without supervision.
  • Excellent communication skills and able to work as part of a team.
  • Minimum of 2-3 years experience within the technical department of an architectural practice producing working drawings on archi-cad.
  • Able to meet agreed deadlines.
  • Full vocabulary of clear spoken and written english.
  • Full uk driving license and personal transportation.

Preferred but not essential:

  • Comprehensive and up to date knowledge and ability on photoshop.
  • Auto CAD experience

Please note:

The applicant needs to live within sensible commuting distance of farnham and/or have their own transport. Applicants currently living overseas or further afield cannot be considered.
Applicants that do not fulfil the requirements listed cannot be considered.

If you would like to be considered please email your cv and covering letter along with at least 3 recent examples of domestic projects of your recent work in a3 to: alexandra@backtofrontexteriordesign.com

Please consider the file size before emailing your application.

Position available immediately. No agencies please.

JUNIOR ARCHITECTURAL TECHNICIAN

Based in Farnham, Surrey - Position available immediately

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We are looking for a Junior Architectural Technician to join our thriving open plan studio, based in Farnham, Surrey.

The successful candidate will be assisting in the preparation of construction drawings, technical details, building regulations applications, specification writing, tender documentation and analysis and needs to have a genuine passion for technical detailing. The role may lead onto assisting on schemes from concept design and planning once more experienced.

You will need to have excellent technical and construction knowledge, be creative and passionate about residential design. You must also have a critical eye for detail and able to produce high quality, accurate and well presented clear drawings in a time efficient manner.

Essential Requirements

  • Minimum of HND or equivalent in construction.
  • Residential experience and passion for domestic architecture.
  • Good technical/construction knowledge and drawing ability.
  • Clear knowledge of current UK Building Regulations.
  • Knowledge of current UK Planning Policies and National Development Framework.
  • Comprehensive CAD and 3D based drawing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and well presented.
  • Able to work under guidance and as part of a team.
  • Able to meet agreed deadlines.
  • Full vocabulary of clear spoken and written English.
  • Experience working in a professional practise.

 The applicant needs to live within sensible commuting distance of Farnham and have personal transport.

If you would like to be considered please email your CV and covering letter along with at least 3 recent examples of domestic projects of your recent work in A3 to:
design@backtofrontexteriordesign.com

Please consider the file size before emailing your application.

 Position available immediately. No agencies please

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