Priston Mill -Water Mill Refurbishment

I have a long history working together with the owners of Priston Mill (and it’s sister venues- Coombe Lodge and Rockbeare Manor), and last spring put together a new scheme to update the furniture in the Water Mill. 20180418_131810

The venue is a three floored, water mill, which retains its working waterwheel. The rooms are cosy and intimate, and are perfect for smaller weddings. I worked with a local upholsterer to renew the bench seating pads, and selected new armchairs, footstools, sofas and cushions, in rich blues, greys and sea-green tones, in tactile fabrics- velvet and wools.


Rear Extension- Keynsham


This single storey extension in Keynsham created a dining area, with bi fold doors to a newly created patio space, and a utility and shower room. It replaced an existing lean to and roofed shelter, giving this family home a little extra space! Roof windows illuminate from above.

Rear extension- Emersons Green


I recently went back to look at this completed extension in Emersons Green, which was built in the spring and summer this year. The existing house had a living room with patio doors to the garden, kitchen and a under-utilised conservatory. The houses didn’t lack space, but the separated room design meant that family life often felt disjointed, and the owners hoped to create something more integrated.

I designed a new gable ended single storey extension, and created one large kitchen-diner-family space and separate utility. The extension has a fantastic corner door and window feature, leading the eye out to the renovated patio and garden space, and a lovely apex window, a real feature in the room. Externally, brickwork has been finished beautifully to match the existing house detailing.

The owners selected a beautiful white marble floor, which really bounces light around.

A large island acts as a divider, and its bar style seating creates a real social hub for the house, as well as an informal dining space. The extension is a modern alteration to the owners home, giving them the integrated, bright space, suited to family life. As the extension largely replaces an existing conservatory, little garden space has been lost and a better connected with the exterior created.

ACHD designed, sought planning and building regulations consents.

Rear Extension- Downend


This lovely extension, completed last spring, replaced a small lean to conservatory, which was a make shift utility. The conservatory had all the normal issues of heat loss and gain also very noticeable lean! The owners replaced it with this single storey extension, creating a proper utility, ground floor WC, and garden room- adjoining their kitchen/diner.

Two storey extension- Bradley Stoke


The owners of this house in Bradley Stoke wanted to extend their existing bedroom spaces, but opportunity was tight because of the number of existing constraints.  As there was an existing conservatory to the rear, along with a sloping rear garden, and drainage limitations,  a side extension was required.  The area was relatively narrow- too narrow to create an entirely separate room, so the option to extend an existing bedroom was pursued. The existing single garage was set back substantially from the house, so we designed a new two storey extension which created additional garage space on the ground floor, while leaving enough driveway parking to satisfy the planning department. The existing third bedroom was extended out over this new space, and a new steel beam incorporated to create a larger bedroom space, with a generous en suite to the front.

ACHD designed and sought planning permission, Wessex Water consent and building regulations approvals. If you have a similar project in mind, get in touch!


Single Storey extension in South Glos

I’ve been looking forward to seeing this completed project, in South Glos. The project was for a single storey rear extension, which would open up the cramped kitchen and dining space into one big, spacious, comfortable kitchen, dining and family space. One of the owners runs her own business ( creating original, one off, hand painted keepsakes, and I knew her fantastic artistic eye and attention to detail would be put to use decorating and styling the extension… and I wasn’t disappointed!


The extension stretches across the back of the house, and enlarged a relatively small and cramped kitchen, and an under used dining room, into one large space. An existing conservatory was removed, so this new extension has not resulted in the loss of any garden space.

A large island in the kitchen creates a focal and social point to the house, and helps zone the large space.


Large bi folds open the room into the garden, and brings in light, as do three sizeable rooflights.

An existing recess has provided a comfortable snug space, with a perfectly sized corner sofa to fit it! The owners have used feature furniture and accessories to give personality and pops of colour, and large scale mirrors and artwork suit the large expanses of wall available.

ACHD designed and sought planning and building control permissions, and the extension was built to a high standard by local builder Edd Buckland, who has built three other extensions I have designed.

Garden room near a protected tree

img_6787.jpegThis extension, in Emersons Green, was designed to create a family garden room, adjoining the existing kitchen, and adjacent to the garage. The house itself is only a few years old, and was built near some protected trees. TPOs (tree protection orders) are applied to notable or historic trees, or where a tree or group of trees helps create or maintain the character of an area. Removing trees, doing work to trees, or building within the protection zone of a TPO means seeking additional consents from the council, and can be prohibitive.


Before- the TPO’d trees can be seen on the right hand side

The proposed location of this extension fell within the tree protection area of a TPO, and so the involvement of an Arboriculturalist was required. Our initial bid for planning permission was rejected, but a second attempt was successful. Key to this success was the involvement of the Arboriculturalist, a structural engineer and ACHD, to come up with, and negotiate a way of constructing the foundations of the extension so as to create minimal disturbance to the root system of the tree. The careful design involved building a ring beam from which to build the extension, avoiding the standard method of a deeper trench foundation. Investigations on site confirmed that this could be done without disturbing ground which had not been previously dug. South Glos planning approved the scheme, and building work commenced soon after!

The garden room is a gabled ended addition, fitting neatly to the existing garage roof. With large french doors, narrow slot feature windows in the side return give great views of the large garden, and along with rooflights, the space is light filled. Its proximity to the kitchen and dining area makes it the perfect play space, or area to relax.