Full House Refurbishment and Extension
Our clients had raised their family in this house in Enfield, and wanted to re-imagine the house in a new light.
With a successful media business, their time was increasingly split between homes in Spain and London. As a result they wanted this house to be something special to return home to.
Our brief was to transform the house with a large new living space, master bedroom, art studio and swimming pool.
Our clients loved the idea of the pool being connected to the house. An idea that energised the project was for the pool space to stretch out under the garden, accessed from a double height space in the extension.
Enfield Conservation Area Planning Approval
The house is set within a Conservation Area in Enfield, so a bold and modern design was very ambitious. But we knew that a really great design could win the support of the Planners and the Conservation Officer. Our design completely removed the back of the house and extended it over all three floors. But the appearance of the front of the house was unchanged. This was most important to win planning approval from Enfield for the work.
Architectural Design Ideas and Models
We worked through design options with our clients and produced architectural models to make the design really clear. This was a great process and enjoyable for us and our clients alike.
Our models also helped to explain the design to the planning officer. The case officer gave full planning permission and wrote that this was one of the most exciting architectural residential projects to be approved in Enfield for some time.
Three Storey Extension
On the ground floor level the extension is formed of two overlapping roof planes. One is solid, one glazed, with a full height wall of sliding glass opening on to the garden. Above on the first floor a new master bedroom suite, dressing room and ensuite stretch the full width of the house. On the top floor the roof has been extended with 2 new gable ends that are completely glazed and contain a new studio space for our client.
Separate Pool Building
Our design for the 3 storey extension with basement swimming pool won planning permission from Enfield. So our clients were most happy that this had added lots of value to the house. But they also wondered if they should omit the basement and build a separate swimming pool building in garden.
We worked on some further design ideas for a pool building with a roof that seems to float over a glazed facade. This mirrored the extension at the rear of the main house. Our clients fell in love with this idea, especially the views between the pool building and the house extension.
Revised Planning Permission From Enfield
We submitted the revised extension and pool building design to Enfield as a new planning application, and again won their support for our design and full planning permission for the work. We’ve written a post on how to get planning permission in Enfield: Planning Guide by London Borough – Enfield
Detailed Design and Construction
The technical design of the extension and pool building was a challenge. We came up with a solution to use precast reinforced concrete waffle-slabs to create the clear spans required. As a result we did not need to use extra structural supports.
The detailed architectural design is integral to the building, where for example in the kitchen extension the polished concrete worktop turns up to become a reinforced concrete support at the mid point of the extension roof.
START YOUR OWN Enfield Extension
If you’re planning an extension, get in touch. We’ll be happy to discuss your project, and give you our advice.