Our clients had recognised that this 1960’s property had a huge amount of potential when they purchased it. The house had not been touched since it was built and required significant modernisation. The clients also wanted to extend it substantially and remodel the exterior to provide a modern family home full of light with a large open plan living area, and to increase the size and number of bedrooms.
The property was not in a conservation area and its position in relation to neighbouring properties meant that it could be extended significantly in a number of ways. We looked at several different layouts and consulted with the Local Planning Authority before deciding on the best option.
To maximise light, large windows were specified for the new bedrooms. Veluxes were used to maximise light in rooms where possible and a sun tunnel was installed in the upper hallway. The large open plan living area was designed with bifold doors and additional glazing to maximise light and views of the garden.
The floor level was dropped at the rear of the property to give addition ceiling height in the open plan living area. We specified a new insulated infill block and beam floor system, which allowed underfloor heating to be installed and a polished concrete floor to be laid on top.
Externally the existing brickwork was mostly rendered and painted white to match the extension, grey aluminium windows were installed with matching fascias and soffits, a new roof of modern grey pantiles was installed and complemented by chunky glavanised guttering and downpipes. Areas of cedar cladding break up the white render and add detail. Decking and a rendered wall at the rear provided a seating area and linked the house to the garden.