The clients have lived in this house in Wanstead for over a decade. They have never been happy with the arrangement of the kitchen, and the way the house relates to the garden. They also wanted to added one or more bedrooms.

The client knew the property had potential but were uncertain how to proceed.

Our brief was to help them understand the potential, and then guide them through the process. This included negotiating planning permission.


Investigation and discussion.  Over several meetings we investigated how the family used the existing house, what new space they needed, and how they would use the new space created. We also asked them to consider the appearance of the house form the street and the design of the garden, as both would help make the most of any works they eventually carried out.

Exploration. We asked the client to give us a free hand to come up with ideas. We generated several options addressing key issues, such as the relationship between kitchen and garden, the location of the staircase, and works to the roof, not only to provide a loft bedroom but also to improve the appearance of the house for the street.

Design.  The clients agreed to remove various earlier extensions. This re-established the original attractive farmhouse setting. We proposed a new two storey extension, taking the form of a contemporary barn conversion. A double height glazed link connected the original farmhouse to the new barn like extension, and provide space for a bright new entrance hall and glass staircase.

Planning. The works required a strategy of several planning applications one after the other to finally obtain consent for the various elements of work that we wanted to carry out.


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