The challenge here was to extend a 1960s semi to the side to create a 2 storey extension very close to the neighbours boundary. The garden sloped at the back, so the new rear extension had to sit comfortably with the sloping rear garden. By recladding the front, the extension is both in keeping with the street and looks clean and contemporary too.
The reason for this project is that the existing garage (added sometime after the property was built) has fallen into a bad state of repair thus causing cracks to appear in the main structure of the house. We did instruct a survey in 2008 which supported our conclusion that the most effective way of dealing with this would to demolish the garage and replace it. We have subsequently decided that if building work has to take place then it should be our intention that we take the opportunity to add both space and value by building a two storey extension to the side.
Our main aims as a result of this project would be to:-
Add a 4th Bedroom
Have an Extra Bath/Shower Room Upstairs
Separate Utility Room
Off-Road Parking – To the Front
In addition, and should funds allow:-
A sunroom to the rear of the property would be an additional “nice to have” as it would be very difficult to complete such a project retrospectively. This would however also involve a degree of ‘Landscaping’ to the rear patio/retaining garden wall.
Other considerations that are important to the build are;
Environmental issues and sustainable solutions wherever possible
Reduce carbon emissions - new energy efficient boiler/Solar Water heater etc...
Matters of Importance are;
Consideration for neighbours and avoid unnecessary disruption e.g. scaffolding solutions to enable access to next doors garage.
Paul and Carol Harris
We love all of it: we love the space, it works for us, it's so much warmer and we love the outside space!