Our clients approached us back in 2016 to carry out a house extension and complete renovation of an existing 1.5 storey dwelling, to transform it into a contemporary family home.
It was many years since any work had been carried out to the original building, so we needed to bring it up to date with modern standards of design.
The existing house
The main body of the dwelling was a steeply pitched roof with a single storey flat roof to one side and a flat roof dormer window to the other.
The materials were facing brickwork and tile hanging to the walls with concrete interlocking tiles on the roof.
Internally the property consisted of three bedrooms (two upstairs and one downstairs), kitchen, living/dining room, conservatory, bathroom, utility room and garage.
The first stage of the works was to carry out a building survey to understand in detail the layout and the space that was available to alter and extend to form the clients desired scheme.
Our clients provided us with a wish list of things they hoped to achieve from the extensions and alterations project, both internally and externally. Using the wish list as a brief, we completed a few different alternative sketch proposals for the project for our clients to consider.
We met with our client to discuss the ideas and discuss any alterations they wished to make to the scheme.
Following this meeting, we completed a composite scheme which we sent to the local planning authority for pre-application advice. This was to understand the likely acceptability before completing a formal planning application.
We received positive pre-application advice, so we moved on to complete the detailed planning drawings and submit a formal planning application to the local authority. Planning permission for the proposals was granted on 29th March 2017.
The next stage was to complete technical working drawings for the builder to use for the construction of the project. Once we had completed these on behalf of the client, it was then over to the builder to construct the project.
It was essential to consider the design carefully as the dwelling itself sits in a very prominent location on Upper Packington Road and is visible to many people coming into Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
The final design comprised a very contemporary look using materials such as timber boarding, painted render, roof lights, glazed gable and lanterns. Internally the house now includes downstairs of a garage, utility room, WC, open plan kitchen/dining/living room, a study/bedroom four and a living room. Upstairs is a master bedroom with en-suite, two further bedrooms and a bathroom which features a vaulted ceiling and roof lights.
During the process through designing, planning and building, communication has been key between all parties involved. We achieved the contemporary and unique design our client was keen to explore, ensuring they had a home they would be happy to live in for a long time. When compared to the original ageing property, this house has been turned in to a stunning piece of architecture which is an asset to the surrounding area.
Our client was more than happy to give us a testimonial about the service we provided, which you can read on our Home Extensions page.
If you have a home that needs extending, call us on 01530 560939 for a no-obligation chat.