Seems only 5 minutes ago we were working with these great clients from London.
They had decided to make the move to the countryside and head back towards Suffolk where they were born.
They secured a small cottage on a great countryside plot. When i say great, i mean great!! On a very quiet road out of the village, 360 degree open countryside views, a large garden with orchard and the nearest neighbour about a mile away… happy days right? Well, yes to be fair,… it was not looking bad at all although we had a planning battle ahead of us… something i never mind 😉
Their plans for the place were to radically extend the cottage up to more than 100% increase and add a 3-4 bay outbuilding with studio space above. We had all the local planning specialists saying it was never going to happen and we also had a knock back from the council during our pre-application work. However, we did work closely with the planning department and arrived at a solution whereby we could get the increase the clients were looking for but i just made it look a lot less.! 🙂 This was achieved by breaking the extensions up into various component elements and referencing them to local vernacular styles.
I had some photos sent through recently so decided to revisit the project looking back at my drawings and i have to say i am very pleased with it. The clients absolutely love it and i am planning to get up to see them soon for some finished shots to be taken.
Hope you enjoy
This was the original ground floor….
And this the extended ground floor
This was the original first floor
And this the extended first floor
A couple of before and after images of the front and rear elevations
and some photos from the client….