Having recently obtained planning permission for a front extension on Henley Road, I am currently undertaking the building regulations stage. I've added the project to my 'Projects' page which I will update with further details as the work progresses.
It is quite unusual to be asked to apply for a front extension, other than porches, as it is often thought that the planning department are unlikely to approve them. Most people would opt to extend to the rear or side of the property. However, as this one was in keeping with the rest of the property and doesn't detract from the main elevation, it was approved with no issues.
It is always worth making a pre-application enquiry to get the council's view on any application which might seem a little unusual or contentious. They will give advice at a small cost which helps a little towards the application if you then wish to proceed.
Let's Design Architecture was appointed to design a single storey flat roof front extension to a property on Henley Road, with other minor alterations including works to the kitchen and utility area.
Planning permission has been obtained and I have recently completed the building regulations drawings for the project which will be under construction in the near future.
The existing building is a two storey town house with an existing attached garage projecting forward of the property. The proposal infills an area next to the garage which is otherwise used as part of the private drive.
The proposal creates a new Home Office with a curved front wall and inset glass block detailing. The pantry will be removed from the kitchen and set within the garage, to increase space within the kitchen for the units to extend all the way around. The Client wished to change the utility room arrangement and the new pantry will be accessed from the utility room.
The build is currently well underway (May 2018) at Henley Road with the stunning curved wall really taking shape forming the walls of the new Home Office. The windows are yet to go in although the units are being made up and the frames will be hidden within the wall making the most of the light and views.
The unique curved wall viewed from the outside. The brickwork has been carefully constructed in Flemish bond with header bricks forming the curve in a traditional building form. The curve mixes traditional with contemporary and brings the 1930’s house into the present.
The extension blends in with the existing garage and the curved wall reflects the curve of the bay window, making the extension a seamless addition complementing the style of the existing house.
The Clients found a copy of the original plans for the house, dating back to October 1936. This unique find gives an insight into the history of the building, which even had its own Maid’s Bedroom!
As works progress further, the build is now weather tight and interior works are taking place.
With the windows fitted in the curved walls, the project is showing off its simplistic elegance.
The three slot windows set in the curve of the wall creates a dramatic effect against the dark grey walls.