Archive for August 2010

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Completion in Kensington

18 August 2010

We were appointed by the property owners, a family of overseas investors, to refurbish a tired two bedroom apartment for the lettings market.  By moving some of the principle rooms around we were able to achieve a two bedroom two bathroom layout with a large master suite overlooking public gardens.  Internal partitions were removed to restore principle rooms to their former glory.  A large bathroom was subdivided to create a kitchen and shower room, thereby creating the necessary additional accommodation.

General updating and co-ordination of new services and elements have resulted in an elegant yet up to date aesthetic.  We worked with the traditional character of the property, refurbishing the cornices and matching new doors to the existing, while improving storage and creating space for occasional working.

The main challenge in this project has been dealing with the freeholder, their agent and estate management in a tight timescale.  Making contact early and often seems to have been key to preventing delay.  All of which help to ensure a great result within a relatively modest budget.

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Planning Approval in Highbridge

16 August 2010

We have received planning approval for a substantial extension to an existing 1980’s rural bungalow.  This project turns a tired looking bungalow into an impressive country home.

The owners bought the property for its generous plot and semi-rural location.  Their brief was for a phased project which extended the kitchen to create a new family living space and added an extra storey of accommodation.  Our solution relocated the front door to create a private west facing garden out of some secondary car parking and created a new entrance with generous porch close to the existing garaging.

The new kitchen wing is angled from the main dwelling to make the most of the view at the longest part of the garden and to provide easy supervision of the garden and play area.  Its vaulted ceiling and trussed beams will create a stunning space for family life and entertaining.  The enlarged first floor contains large bedroom suites, family bathroom and a games room and completes the transformation of this modest house.

The full application can be viewed here on Winchester City Council’s website  http://planningapplications.winchester.gov.uk/PlanningWeb/Results.aspx?ID=10/01095/FUL&tab=0