We were approached by the client to look into the possibility of turning the existing vacant, unattractive and damp detached property into a family home. Prior to our involvement planning permission had been obtained for a two story side extension but the client was unsure if this would be suitable for their requirements. After our initial survey of the existing property several structural defects where found, these would have needed to be addressed at considerable expense, prior to any additions being added, our advice was to apply for the existing building to be demolished and be replaced with a new sustainable and economic home.
After lengthy discussions with the local Planning Department permission was eventually given. The site itself was fairly compact with neighbouring properties to either side, planning restrictions stated that the footprint of the new building would need to match that of the existing dwelling, however our designs for the new dwelling met with approval from both our client and the local Planning Department, despite being slightly bigger than the original dwelling house. The new dwelling incorporates bay windows to front and rear, sandstone window sills and heads, impressive entrance hall and feature brickwork sections.