For the Hazelbank project I received a brief from my client instructing me to extend the existing bungalow, turning it into a two-storey five-bedroom dwelling. The owners are very family orientated and were keen for the ground floor to have an open plan layout for the living / dining and kitchen area and a separate playroom. This would allow the family to spend time together but would also give the children space to play without getting underfoot or having to tidy everything away at mealtimes.
In my initial appraisal of the street scene, I noted that the design and type of neighbouring dwellings was quite mixed, as there had been many additions over the years. I was therefore not limited in terms of overall design, but I did want to create a coherent design for the property to improve its appearance and make the extension appear like a natural part of the building. The proposed driveway, with the addition of the planter, improved the appearance of the street scene and the setting of the property. My priority was to ensure that my design ideas had no detrimental impact on the appearance of the street scene, neighbouring amenity, highway safety or parking.
Design and technical drawings were produced for gaining Planning and Building Regulation Consents respectively. To save on time and cost, my client requested the first-floor extension in timber frame construction. My client encountered no issues during the construction period and was extremely pleased with the outcome. Hazelbank is now a wonderful and welcoming family home that will be much loved for years to come.