Two storey house extension.[40+40m2]. New living / garden room and open plan kitchen. New more traditional looking roofscape.
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Garage conversion replacing decayed flat roof. Timber frame, highly insulated.
New house porch & entrance
Existing ground floor area 87m2. Proposed extension 25m2.
Design + Build
Building work completed March 2009.
A lovely small c.1920′s dormer bungalow. Nice traditional materials and details but the exiting property had a very cramped kitchen / dining room and only a single reception room. (more…)
Side and rear extension to create extra living areas, making maximum use of limited site. Boundary asymmetrically aligned requiring an unusual solution.
The design results from the specific site constraints – planning guidance restrictions and the technical challenges of infilling between existing buildings. (more…)
One of the smallest extensions I’ve ever done, but also one of the most successful in terms of improving flexibility, functionality and property value. Very ‘forensic’ and ‘tight grain’ design, 100% bespoke, resulting from close survey of the existing house and analysis of options to arrive at the ‘right’ scale of intervention.Existing layout – crappy kitchen & use of space. This existing kitchen was definitely the low point in this otherwise nice house. The layout was of little practical use and offered little connection with the lovely mature gardens or distant panoramic views. Not contributing much to family life at all.
We opened up the existing kitchen by removing all internal [loadbearing] partitions] and adding a new projecting bay window to take full advantage of views. We moved utility into the existing garage and made a new loft play room and added an asymmetric glazed link between house & garage that and opens into the landscape and floods the space with natural light.
Loft Conversion & House Refurb, Herts.
House Area: 335 m2 / Loft Conversion: 50 m2.
Housing. Draethen, Nr Caerphilly.
3 no. 5 bedroom houses [320 m2 per unit]. Owner developers.
5 bedrooms [330 m2].
The scheme involved the demolition and replacement of a pair of attached semi-derelict cottages in a wonderful rural setting near Rogerstone. The site sits atop the mountain ridge with the Sirhowy valley one side and panoramic views of the open countryside to Newport and hills towards Cwmbran on the other. (more…)
Typical small single storey rear extension to create a larger kitchen / dining / family room. The design created a light & airy open plan space; a great improvement over the existing ‘galley’ kitchen and a huge improvement to the flexibility of this family home.
I must have done a dozen or more of this specific type of rear extension over the years, each one very ‘forensic’ and ‘tight grain’, totally site specific and bespoke, always loads of work for relatively small extra floor areas. It’s definitely quality not quantity that counts with such projects. These projects are some of the most satisfying to get right, but also potentially the most fraught with problems and hardest of all for an architect or builder to make money from!
As a client you’ll definitely ‘get out what you put in’ with this type of project in terms of doing your own homework to help fully explain your needs and expectations, then investing in a good architect’s proper design time. I often spend significant amounts of time and effort to arrive at a solution that looks simple and obvious only for the the client to think all I did was sit down for 1/2 hour and sketch it up! If you seek the best possible [bespoke] solution and want any chance of building on time, on budget and to the desired quality, you really must prepare yourself from the outset and be willing to invest in early design, the earlier the better! It’s at this stage especially that a skilled architect can add value in many ways.