Full House Refurbishment
Our clients got in touch with us to plan their dream home in Westminster. They had bought a house a bit worse for wear so needed an architect with big ideas. We stepped up and threw ourselves in to the design work! The key to this project was to talk through each part of the brief with our clients, and for us all to have fun with the design options, to get their house just right!
New House Design Drawings
We took out the staircase, all the floors and internal walls, and ripped up the layout to create the perfect space. Every square inch was designed (and then designed again!) to the max. The result is a refurb and extension that is crisp and clean, and most importantly happy clients with the home they were looking for!
Single Storey Extension
A bright living space and good use of the small garden were high on our clients’ wish list, so they were key to the design. The single storey extension has glass sliding doors and a big roof light that bring lots of day light in to the house. To the back of the house there are some tall flats. The design deals with this and gives privacy with triple electric blinds to the glass doors, controlled by remote. We planned these carefully on our drawings to get the angle just right.
Westminster Conservation Area Planning
The house is in a prime Conservation Area in Westminster. Planning Permission in Conservation Areas can be tricky. But we know the conservation area rules well so were able to design an extension that got planning from Westminster first go. Our design is modern at the rear, but keeps the traditional appearance at the front, which the planners like. So it’s a good way to get planning approval. We like to avoid planning drama! We’ve written a post on how to get planning permission in Westminster and the planning drawings you will need: Planning Guide by London Borough – Westminster
Inside to Outside Threshold
Setting the floor level of the inside and the patio at the same height is a great way to make the space feel bigger. When the doors are open the space flows from the inside to the outside. It is a touch more expensive than a step down to the patio, but is well worth it.
Timber Cladding Design
The materials for the inside of the house were quite cool tones, so we felt that the garden space needed a warm feel. Especially because (like many similar houses in Westminster) the garden is quite small. So, to create this the garden walls are wrapped in a warm timber cladding that gives a splash of colour. At night the wood is lit up making the space feel bright.
Sometimes it is the small touches that can make a house feel like a home. In the master bedroom on the first floor our clients went with more warm wood as for the wardrobes. These were custom made from detailed drawings to suit the space, and the oak interior and paint finish add to the architectural design of the house. And our clients loved planning the inside of their wardrobes to be just how they wanted.
Architectural House Refurbishment
As we took out all of the floors from the house, we were able to insert the new floors at a touch lower level to give height for a loft room. This little trick adds a lot of value to the house as well as a really useful new room. And goes to show how valuable good planning and architectural drawings are. It is well lit with 3 new conservation style roof lights that open by remote control.
Westminster Loft Conversion Drawings
The architectural design of the new loft room is kept bright and airy with glass to the stairs, and crisp white walls. The whole house has high quality LED lights, but in the loft they make a real impact as they wash the ceilings with light. Every inch of space has been used, with custom made cupboards to the eaves space for storage.
START YOUR OWN Westminster Extension
If you’re planning an extension, get in touch. We’ll be happy to discuss your project, and give you our advice.