What was the aim of this workshop?
How can Pride Road help Carl and Lesley create space in their home to sit and relax together as a family of four but retain adequate quiet space for their child with special needs?
A Brief History of a Detached House
Carl and Lesley’s 1975 Semi-detached home in Ferndown requires a large family living space to enable them to watch tv and eat together now that their children are growing up.
The house has had a previous small rear extension but this has not provided them with a large enough space for their needs. An extra bedroom had been added in the roof space over the garage. However this integral garage means that the living space is too small and not big enough for a 4 bedroom house.
Delivering an online workshop
Following discussions with a builder who recommended Pride Road New Forest and Bournemouth, Carl and Lesley had a 2 hour online workshop to explore what size extension would create the space they need and would work with the existing rear addition.
Listening to their particular space requirements
Laura clearly listened to what they wanted, in particular the need to retain separate spaces for their daughter to have quiet space and the way that the family preferred to eat and relax together.
Option A – open up back of existing dining room to create extended room for two sofas and tv space and existing dining room table.
Option B – a similar proposal to the above but with the addition of knocking through from the new dining / living space to the kitchen, creating a peninsula unit so that cooking operations could be more family focused.
Option C – retaining the separation between the kitchen and dining / living room but making the new space larger, within the confines of maintaining a mono-pitch roof over the extension which would fit well with an existing mono-pitch roof. This option provided an alternative seating arrangement and the suggestion of built in storage.
The proposed extension will create a space where the family can gather together to relax and be entertained, while retaining quiet space in the kitchen and snug to create a variety of ways to use the house.
How they felt about the online workshop
‘I thought it would feel difficult to talk and look at the plans at the same time, but actually it was really easy. It was almost easier looking down on the plans than it would have been looking at them on a table with you’ – Leslie.
Indeed, we’ve had praise for moving to online workshops.
Feedback on likely course of action
Their builder confirmed that a manhole to the rear of the property is actually the main sewer for their row of houses and owned by Wessex Water. The project is on hold until they have clarification about moving this.
A Facetime fix
This was my first online workshop. I had also had an online prospect with these clients so had not actually been to their house in West Moors.
However, with a Facetime walk round, lots of photos sent over, original scaled drawings and check dimensions sent over from the client I felt I could understand how the property worked and what the issues were.
‘You could be sat opposite us and when we’re looking down, we’re looking down onto our own table’ – Carl
Next Steps for the client
Carl and Leslie will have a follow up meeting with Laura once they have feedback from their builder and Wessex water. The final layout of their extension will be decided and then it will be time to do more detailed drawings.
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