Archive for May 2011

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Romsey Kitchen

31 May 2011

Our client purchased this house with planning permission for a couple of extensions to provide a larger kitchen and utility room.  Our brief was to rationalise the space and to provide a larger kitchen without quite as large an extension.We were able to do better than that and developed a solution with a bigger kitchen, utility room and relocated living room without having to extend the house at all.  Not only did this reduce the build cost, but it meant that our client was able to move into the house sooner.

Our client is delighted at the large family room which opens onto the private rear garden which faces open countryside.  The kitchen is neatly integrated into the room shape while creating a large and useful utility room behind the hob space.  We added a new window over the sink to the side to provide a view out and let more light to the room.

Another relatively simple project that makes a huge improvement to an existing house.

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Progress in Southsea

1 May 2011

While on a day out at the beach, we popped in to see progress at our refurbishment in Southsea.  The clients are managing the build themselves and asked us to come up with ideas for re-arranging the space in their townhouse.

As well as opening up the family room, rear hall and kitchen we lowered the floor so that there was level access through folding sliding doors to their garden.  This also saved having to adjust the height of the kitchen windows to allow kitchen units to fit below them.

In the upper storeys we proposed a simple change to the bathroom layout to make it more suitable for a large family and an ensuite and wardrobe in the large master bedroom.  The attic bedrooms each managed to get a shower room making them suitable for guests or, in the future, teenage children.

The house was in need of some refurbishment and so our changes haven’t cost much more to implement than a scheme without the improvements in accommodation and layout.

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The Times Bricks and Mortar

1 May 2011

One of our regular clients, The Oxford and London Building Company, were featured in an article about basements in the Times Bricks and Mortar property supplement.

Oxford and London provide turnkey basement extensions and also specialise in the refurbishment of substantial listed properties.  They are leaders in their field, providing an integrated design and build service for their clients.  We’re proud to be associated with them and provide support for their larger and listed building projects.  We are working with them on projects in Kensington, St Johns Wood and Chelsea.  Our projects included basements under listed buildings (quite a challenge to get planning permission for) and whole house refurbishments featuring innovations such as underground car stackers.

The article is online here if you are a Times subscriber.