Having built up a successful portfolio of designs for Planning and Building Regulation Consents for Residential Care Homes, I was commissioned to design an expansive extension for Abbeyrose House.
This design delivered six new bedrooms with en-suites, a wet-room with facilities for disabled residents, a communal day room and a separate quiet room. Key to the design was a hidden light well to all floors, which brings natural daylight into the existing side bedrooms. The side-entrance to the extension provides level access for wheelchair users. In addition, the roofline of the original building was re-modelled to both enhance the external look of the property, and to increase the floor area of the second-floor bedrooms.
My primary concern in creating the extension for Abbeyrose House was that it should fit seamlessly with the existing structure. As such, it was important that the detailing of the plinth, window arches and sills were purpose-made to match the existing building and that, furthermore, the bulk of the structure should not overwhelm the surrounding architecture.
An elegant oak-framed covered entrance was added to the existing entrance to lend an air of grandeur to the property and to better suggest the quality of the accommodation and of the care given therein.
The technical drawings and specifications for Building Regulation submission were produced, and the works were fully certified in order to verify interim payments to the builder.