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The owners of this existing 4 bedroom house on a small city centre plot needed to increase and enhance accommodation whilst updating its external appearance. The existing property was built in 1950s and finished in red brick and render external walls with a tiled pitched roof. The property fills the width of its plot and sits close to the neighbouring properties on both sides that also have a comparable mass, bulk and height. We were engaged to find an appropriate design solution to meet the challenging brief.
The chosen design solution utilised a mansard roof shape in order to create as much additional floor space as possible to a new second storey. This roof form also kept the overall height of the finished design to a minimum in order to obtain planning permission. The additional storey creates a large flexible open plan leisure space and a large bedroom overlooking the rear garden. The relocation of a bedroom on the first floor allows for the 3 remaining bedrooms on the first floor to be increased in size all with en-suite bathrooms and dressing areas. Further internal remodelling allows natural light to penetrate through the property into the centre of the footprint by forming voids in floor to circulations spaces.
Externally to the rear contemporary appearance has been created using a mixture red brick to match the existing house, white render and large expanses of glass. The 2nd storey gable to the new mansard roof has been set back to break up the mass and the roof verge has been finished with galvanised steel edging to create a crisp outline.
The end result pulls the existing aging building into the 21st century and now provides luxury accommodation and an individually designed dwelling for the owners to be proud of.
Existing floor area 248m² (3950ft²)
Proposed 367m² (3950ft²)
Build Cost: £400-£500K
Bought for £1.5m
Predicted Valuation £2.3m