How can Pride Road extend Amie and Dave’s mid terrace Chorlton home to create a sociable, modern and open plan kitchen and living space?
Amie and Dave’s mid terrace home in Chorlton is undergoing a dramatic rear ground floor extension. This is all to make way for a wide, open plan kitchen, dining and living area complete with beautiful garden views, skylights and a new bathroom and utility room.
The couple were keen to make the changes as the property was long, dark and narrow and nowhere near spacious enough to suit their everyday needs. In addition, there were no views into the garden, meaning that Amie and Dave’s priority was to open out the back wall of the house to introduce more light and space.
The building work is the culmination of months of designing and planning, after Amie and Dave first got in touch with Magda at Pride Road in December 2017 to express their current concerns and hopes for the future.
Happy to assist, Magda walked Amie and Dave through one of her prized Concept Design Workshops so that the couple would be able to visualise the best plan for their property and see it through to fruition.
The previous ground floor footprint of the house included separate front and rear rooms that provided the only access to the old kitchen, along with a narrow hallway that led to the first floor.
Magda drew up a range options to extend the kitchen from the rear and help to realise its full potential
Option 1 – implementing a kitchen redesign and extension with utility and bathroom facilities
First off, we allocated space for the new bathroom and utility room in between the two rooms at the front and back of the house, keeping the front room untouched. The main idea behind this was to ensure that these rooms were in the darkest part of the house so the new kitchen would benefit from as much natural light as possible. We have lots of enlightening tips to help introduce more sunshine into your home.
We then opened out a little of the staircase banister to widen the narrow hallway. Next to the stairs we placed the entrance to the utilities and bathroom area and another door straight ahead would lead directly into the new kitchen dining and living area.
From there, we considered keeping the kitchen where the existing one stood on the right hand side of the room and adding a small moveable island, along with putting a fireplace, soft seating and a dining table right at the very back of the home. Do you need redesign help? We have lots of ways to help you configure your kitchen space.
Option 2 – installing an ‘L-shaped’ kitchen
We looked at various kitchen layouts to make the best of the space, including an ‘L-shaped’ kitchen that would bring with it plenty of worktop space and the choice to include a large dining table for friends and family to gather around and socialise.
We also explored the option of installing a toilet underneath the stairs.
Option 3 – incorporating a kitchen island
Here, we focused purely on the kitchen, keeping the utility room and bathroom in between the front and back rooms. Upon entry to the new kitchen extension, there would be a beautiful island and beyond that an inviting dining table and soft seating.
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Option 4 – building an even larger rear kitchen extension
We explored the option of building a rear extension that goes further out and included a ‘U-shaped’ kitchen and breakfast bar to maximise the worktop space.
Following the workshop, during which we produced drawing and examples of what was feasible in the house, we went through the other three stages of the design process with Amie and Dave.
A – Follow up workshop
This is where we nailed down the options that were devised during the Concept Design Workshop, as well as exploring how we could make the kitchen that bit larger before agreeing on the final version to put forward as an application.
B – Planning
We made a planning application that was approved. The subsequent documents provided will also come in useful should Amie and Dave decide one day to sell their home.
C – Building regulations
This phase include calculations carried out by the structural engineer and approved by the building inspector, who also gave the green light to the overall design.
We ultimately produced all of the documents that went on to make up the tender pack. For their part, Amie and Dave devised the specification and went through all of the interior design details, which were then passed on to their chosen subcontractors.
The result: Kitchen extension plans that are successfully in progress
Satisfied with the results of the Concept Design Workshop and subsequent design stages, Amie and Dave are now in the process of seeing their vision become a reality with the construction work expected to conclude in February 2019.
For us, this was an enjoyable process as it’s always very satisfying to see a project through from start to finish.
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Dave and Amie say: “We didn’t really know how to configure our house. We’ve been thinking about it for some time but needed to get some ideas down on paper and work out exactly what we wanted to do. We ran through some options and started from scratch with blank plans and came up with some great ideas.
“Having somebody who knows much more about this than we do really helped frame our opinions on things. Having not understood where we wanted the kitchen or bathroom to be then seeing the options and being able to play them through has been really good.”
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