Welcome to 2020

Welcome to the first blog post of 2020- I was really pleased to be able to return to this project last week to see the stunning finished result. Roof Lanterns are some of my favourite things to design into an extension, and this project was lucky to benefit from two. The owner wanted to create a rear extension to her existing property, opening up the existing dining space, creating extra kitchen space and taking in more of the beautiful view they benefit from, overlooking the Severn Valley.

The extension was designed with a flat roof and substantial roof lanterns, which pour light into the internal spaces. Corner bifold doors open up an expansive view and in the summer months can be opened up onto a beautifully detailed and installed Indian sandstone patio and steps. The level access threshold helps create a seamless transition between the interior and exterior.

The owner has installed  grey shaker style units, which adjoins the family/dining space, with a peninsula providing a social area for the kitchen. A new spacious utility was added following the partial conversion of the existing garage, which in turn was renovated with a flat roof to provide greater space. The coping stone topped parapet walls have turned a dated and old fashioned garage into a much smarter addition to the building.

 

The owner also wanted to replace an open porch structure with a solid porch, to increase the circulation space for the house. The original layout gave little space to take off coats, shoes and bags, and with a busy family, this was the number one practical desire on the wishlist! A gable roofed porch, open to the eaves, allows space for storage and a bench to take off shoes. The original utility has been beautifully and usefully re-purposed as a boot room to store coats and bags.

Bathroom Extension

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I’ve been lucky enough to carry out two previous projects at this lovely cottage in South Glos. This project sought planning permission and building regulation consent to raise the roof and eaves level to a 1.5 storey section of the house, facilitating the addition of a new ensuite bathroom to the first floor, proving you don’t always need to look outward to create more space… sometimes upward is the answer! The owners have beautifully fitted and decorated the space- with a 4m+ height in the middle of the room, and stunning views over the surrounding countryside.

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Stained Glass Extension

 

This extension comes with a lovely story! The owner of this house in Thornbury, Mrs Cason,  a life long resident of the town- wanted to create a relaxed, garden room extension,  in no small part, in order to display this wonderful piece of family history. Her father created this beautiful piece of stained glass, and for many years it was displayed in The Windbound Inn, in nearby Shepperdine, right on the banks of the River Severn.

 

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The Windbound Inn, in better days

The pub- which I remember visiting many times as a child- closed in 2004, and after some years as a residential home, fell into disuse. In 2014 the site was bought by the nuclear power company Horizon and the Windbound was scheduled for demolition. Mrs Cason, keen not to lose the stained glass art work, contacted the company who kindly agreed to allow her access and to help her remove the window. For some years it has sat in Mr & Mrs Cason’s garage, until it was finally time to build an extension, with the window as a centre piece. 

We created a gabled ended single storey room to the existing property, with large windows and french doors overlooking the lovely, established garden. The ceiling was left open to the rafters, creating a great sense of space and height. The stained glass window, skill-fully remounted into a frame, tops a piece of furniture, and is cleverly backlit, illuminating it to it’s best advantage. Either side, slot windows give another view of the gardens.

The extension has been beautifully furnished and decorated, and is a peaceful and versatile space to enjoy views of the garden and to admire this brilliant piece of family history.

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Garage & Utility, Nailsea

This semi detached property in Nailsea was in need of some love, when the current owners bought it.

The house had an original outbuilding in the side return, with a concrete canopy which linked the two structures. The owners wanted to demolish this and replace it with a more useful attached garage/store, with a small utility and WC to the rear. We designed and gained permissions for this work.

The new garage extension really smartens and freshens the front of the property, and adds more practical, water tight and convenient storage and facilities for the property.

Kitchen extension, Bath

This Victorian end of terrace property in Bathwick, Bath, had been extended by previous owners. The current owners found the extension cold and the layout was not as practical as it could be. A sizeable side return left empty and unused space, but an agreement was in place with the adjacent property which would allow the owners to attach onto a wall on the party line, mirroring the extension of their neighbours. ACHD designed this gable ended single storey extension and worked with a structural engineer to open up the internal spaces, creating a large kitchen, dining and family space.

 

Large bifolds overlooking the extensive garden, along with roof lights in the gable and into the new side return, provide light throughout.

The existing dining room has been incorporated into the space, and the step up into this space was retained, helping to ‘zone’ the spaces.

A small wet room style shower and WC has been added, under the existing stair, a really valuable addition to a family home.

Playroom extension

 

The owners of this semi detached house in Downend wanted to create a new reception room which would offer them a playroom/study and give them a room from which to look out over their rear garden.

The existing attached garage was renovated and partially converted to create a WC and utility space, and a single storey extension was constructed to create the additional reception room.

Bi folding doors spill out onto the garden in good weather, and offer light, along with the roof window, even on the most gloomy days. A ground floor WC and utility are a really useful addition to every family home, and the garage/store retained to the front offer plenty of storage.