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.
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.
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.
To all my current, previous and future customers- A very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. A huge thank you for your custom, support and for being lovely people to work for!
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.
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.
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.
This two storey side extension in Downend replaced an under used side driveway and old garage to the rear of the house, creating a new master bedroom suite, garage/store, utility, WC and play room. The house originally had a front door and first floor bedroom window on the side elevation so these were relocated to the front as part of the works.
The hallway has been refurbished, while the existing kitchen leads to a new utility and WC in the extension, which adjoin, to the front- a new garage/storage space, providing ample storage for bikes etc, and to the rear, a new playroom/study/music room with doors which lead to the garden.
The existing garage was demolished and replaced with a new decking area, which, despite the increase in floor space to the house, has increased the size of the garden and allows for a more expansive view of the exterior space.
The owners of this house in Bradley Stoke were clear about their brief- they wanted to create a new open plan kitchen, dining, entertaining space. They love having friends and family to their home and wanted to replace the dated and confined layout into one big space which made the most of their already installed modern, sleek kitchen and the outlook into their large garden. The house was built with a small dining room adjoining the kitchen and previous owners had added a conservatory, resulting in three rooms, which lacked flexibility.
We designed a garden room style extension to replace the conservatory, and designed openings to bring together three spaces into one. Bi folding doors to the garden and a large lantern roof flood the space with light and sense of connection to the exterior.
The owners continued the white gloss ceramic tiled floor from the kitchen into the new spaces, and installed amazing LED lighting in the lantern which makes it a real wow factor, day and night!
This loft conversion added a new full width dormer to the rear of a terraced Victorian house in St Werburghs, adding a new, spacious bedroom and en suite. In order to fit in new stairs, a new area of hallway was added, which has increased the sense of space in the circulation areas. To maximise space in the new loft bedroom, the door was put on the first floor, so the staircase comes up into the bedroom directly and the owners have cleverly incorporated built in storage, accessible from the stairwell, into the space also, in addition to new built in storage in the bedroom itself. New french doors and juliet balcony gives a beautiful view into an adjoining park, and the en suite is a comfortable bathroom. The existing bedrooms on the first floor have been retained, meaning the property new enjoys 3 beds and 2 bathrooms and the owners have done a wonderful job of decorating and accessorising the space.
New larger landing
Built in storage
This project, in Larkhall, Bath, added side and rear dormers to this 1950’s house, in order to create a new loft bedroom. Getting permission for dormers in the Bath conservation area can be tricky, but this design appeased the planning department and create a lovely new bedroom, by adding a gabled side dormer and small rear flat roof dormer. The owners have beautifully decorated it, creating a really special space!