At the outset, the plan was to build a new television room onto the ground floor of their house but during the planning process the clients decided they would like to add a second storey, to accommodate two en suite bathrooms for two of the bedrooms upstairs. The architect drafted the plans and submitted them in December. They were passed first time and by February we started the building work.
The front of the original house features distinctive stone walling and finding a suitable match for the material took extensive research. We eventually located a local supplier, Lambs Quarry in West Hoathly, East Sussex. Stonewalling is a highly specialised skill and the bricklayers made a fantastic job of matching the existing frontage perfectly. In fact the internal stonework from the exterior wall was so attractive that we sealed it with clear sealer to bring out the natural colour of the stone and it became a stunning feature in the new TV room.
The windows and doors had been constructed using oak and traditional joinery methods so we commissioned bespoke joinery from a local craftsman to ensure an exact copy and retain a consistent look.
Once the internal work had been completed and the services installed, including under floor heating with thermostatic controls throughout the new rooms, we were ready to consider the design. The two en suites were the same size but the client wanted them to look totally different so we listened carefully to their requirements of each and presented very individual designs. In one of the bathrooms they wanted a seven-foot bath so we had installed extra joists to take the weight of the bath when it was filled. The client accepted the designs and we fully fitted and tiled the new bathrooms.
The clients were over the moon with their new extension and at their summer party following the completion they recommended us to many of their friends and family.
- Architectural design and planning
- Bathroom design and fitting
- Bespoke joinery and materials