We were delighted to win Best Domestic Extension or Conversion at the 2014 LABC Building Excellence Awards with a stunning project in Swannington. The awards are an opportunity to celebrate the very best design and construction in the region, recognising the high level of skill and professionalism the construction industry is capable of achieving. The East Midlands is a large area, with the awards covering four counties and over thirty Local Authorities and so to be a winner at this prestigious event is a huge honour.
The winning property, originally a detached 1970s two bedroom dormer bungalow, was purchased by Alison Thomas and Stephen Brooker in 2011, shortly after Alison was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. Because of Alison’s condition and the fact that time was not on the couple’s side, the project was fast tracked through the drawing and construction stages with the bungalow being completely transformed in just a few months by contractors J. A. Ball Ltd.
We were commissioned to drastically redesign the bungalow to create a stylish and contemporary home. The ground floor was remodelled into a spacious, open plan living area with a vaulted ceiling to the front, feature fireplace and bifold doors to the rear to exploit the fantastic panoramic views across the valley into the Leicestershire countryside. A full loft conversion provided additional bedroom accommodation with new front and rear dormers and rooflights added to extend the roof space and totally transform the upper storey. Externally, the property was re-roofed and the walls rendered, leaving only brick arches exposed.
This was Alison’s one last adventure and sadly she died after four months of enjoying her dream home.
As a winner in our region, we were then invited to attend the National awards in London in November 2014, where the project competed against other regional winners in the category of Best Domestic Extension or Conversion. Whilst we didn’t win at the National awards, it was a fantastic evening; David was pleased to meet George Clarke and it was a huge honour to be finalists.