We’re really pleased to be working on a new project located on a quiet street between Balham and Tooting Bec in South West London.
We were approached by our clients who had purchased the property and were now looking for an architectural firm in London to design and oversee the renovation of their new home. They have a varied brief: to fix an extensive list of repairs and improvements brought up by their surveyor; to increase the footprint and internal flow by extending to the back and side, and to convert the loft.
We are happy to help and have already been working on the designs for planning. We decided to split the process into two applications. First on the list was a ‘Householder’ application for the rear extension and reconfiguration. A Permitted Development application is then required for the loft extension. Our knowledge of South West London housing, as well as great relations with the local planners, is definitely helpful on this project.
Getting the Planning Process underway:
First to be drawn up, and perhaps the simpler of the two proposed plans is the ground-floor extension. The additional space created in the ground floor will make use of a currently unused corner of the garden, creating a roomy and light living area connecting the dining room and kitchen. Our clients are keen to make these changes quickly so they can move into their new home. Needless to say, we have been excited to reveal our proposed plans and get the process moving.
Our design is for a stepped extension with a zinc-clad finish to the dining area, which has plenty of glass to allow for maximum natural light. The new kitchen will contrast with timber cladding for a more organic feel too, creating a natural connection and flow between house and garden. The potential result? A fantastic family living area, making the most of the generous outdoor space, which is so rare in London homes.
Loft Conversion restrictions in South West London:
Loft extensions can prove to be a bit of a challenge to get through planning – a tricky process that any architectural firm in London will be more than familiar with! Because of current restrictions within certain boroughs, the volume of the resulting internal loft space must be no more than 50 cubic meters. We have proposed a hip to gable extension, with a large dormer to the rear to make the most of the second-floor space. Careful to keep our calculations within the 50 cubic meter restriction, we have added a Velux-style roof light as well as casement windows to the rear to make the design in-keeping with the current style of the property.
We are delighted to hear that both planning applications have been approved! This is great news for our clients – we are all excited to get cracking with the next stages of the process. Getting through planning can be a long-winded process and its always encouraging to have our plans approved first time around.
If you are looking for an architectural firm in London to help with extending or reconfiguring your property do get in touch! We are always delighted to hear from people looking to transform their homes and are always up for a new and interesting
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