Our clients liked their Victorian terrace house but had started to feel it wasn't quite big enough for their growing family. As a garden extension wasn't an option that they were interested in, the question was whether it could be possible to add more space to the upper floors of the house and whether that could be done in a way that created the comfortable and light-filled home they were hoping for.
When they came to us, they had a basic target: a new master bedroom, which would then mean that they could change the original main bedroom on the first floor into a playroom for the kids. Beyond that, they had a sense of what they wanted, but knew they would need professional advice to find out if it was going to be possible. We thought it would be, but realised that it wouldn't be simple because we would need to extend the first floor, something that councils are often reluctant to allow.
The first-floor rear extension and L-shaped dormer loft conversion made room for an extra bedroom and study and a greater flow of light and ground-floor space. To increase our chances of obtaining planning permission for a rear extension and loft conversion, we submitted two separate applications: one planning application for the first-floor rear extension and one lawful development certificate application for the L-shaped dormer loft conversion.
We explained to the officers with a wide range of illustrations that neighbouring outlooks and streetscapes would not be affected by the rear extension and successfully obtained planning consent. We then applied for permitted development for the L-shaped dormer loft conversion, ensured we used sympathetic roof typology, and easily obtained the lawful development certificate.
Our dual, two staged, planning strategy coupled with creative design solutions for extension and loft conversion enabled us to create and maximise the best use of space, and elevate our clients’ lifestyle and investment.
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