To add a second storey over the existing single storey bungalow and extend and renovate extensively, providing a minimum of three bedrooms - one with ensuite and dressing room, downstairs utility and bathroom, living room, and open plan kiitchen, living, and dining area.
Planning permission for a similar proposal on the same site had already been rejected, hence 4 Point Plans was called in to get results where others had failed.
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As with all 4 Point Plans's projects we started with an in-depth consultation at the clients house, followed by a survey, and preliminary drawings. In this instance the client requested 3D concepts to help visualise the final building in its entirety as a prior planning refusal had highlighted possible issues with the neighbouring property and issues with parking. With the aid of detailed accurate drawings, we submitted an application and proved to the local authority planning officer that these issues would not be present in the new design and hence approval was granted first time round.
After gaining planning approval we completed full building control drawings which did not require sustainability targets due to it being classed an extension, even though all but one wall was demolished. Whilst fleshing out the drawings we completed structural calculations which were quite in depth due to the complexity of the roof and it being traditionally hand-cut on site as opposed to trusses which are manufactured off-site and craned in to place. Foundations were designed to account for the extra weight of a suspended beam and block concrete flooring and work commenced shortly after building control approval.
The site owner was also the builder and as such work progressed at a moderate pace, though delayed often due to the owner’s other work commitments. 4 Point Plans remained in close contact with the builder throughout and provided supplementary advice where small changes were required and clarification on certain building regulations.
The house was finally finished approximately 12 months after starting and due to the impressive finish and layout on site the house was quickly bought when it went on the market, fetching a price considerably above the average market price.
And due to our close participation with the project, shortly after the new owner moved in we were called upon to help adjust elements of the house to cater for certain disability requirement, particularly creating a downstairs bed and bath suite and installing new windows to compliment the new layout… all of which went as smooth as usual.
Thanks to our hassle-free, one-stop solution we have remained in close contact with the builder of this house performing other works for him also. This seems to be a continuous theme that once we have done one job for a building contractor, they invariably forego their usual architect in favour of us, as is the case that our regular customers are our builders whom keep coming back for more…