We are delighted to have gained planning permission and conservation area consent from the London Borough of Merton for a project that includes an extension to the basement, side and rear of a property in Wimbledon.
Our clients asked for help to create a more family oriented home in their late Victorian semi-detached property. They were especially keen to rationalise the varying levels of the property and to create an open plan kitchen dining space.
We addressed this challenge at the rear of the property, where there are significant level changes and a lack of connection between the spaces, by lowering the kitchen towards the garden. The property is in a conservation area, so we’ve designed a heritage style glazed extension to house a new dining area and enlarged kitchen.
Through a gentle set steps of steps, the family will access the basement, where a new double height internal courtyard, overlooked by the reception room above, creates a much larger and more practical family space. We’ve designed a new sitting space at the entrance to the kitchen that overlooks the internal courtyard and helps to mitigate the levels between the front and the back half of the house. The enlarged basement will house a media room with ample storage space and artificial lighting to keep the area bright and airy.
The use of materials will help to establish a good connection between the spaces between the back of the house and the basement. We’re exploring a palette of brick, stone, and timber to run throughout the areas in flooring, wall covering and joinery, creating a common thread to ensure the spaces flow from one to the other. This common thread will help to alleviate any disconnection from the basement and complement the existing Late Victorian property. You can see a few examples of where we have created basements and used a brick palette in our portfolio here. Here are a few examples we discussed with our clients on this project too:
We’re thrilled to have secured planning permission for this project, and we’re now progressing with RIBA stages 3 & 4. This work involves the technical and interior design details that will help us to get the project on site in autumn this year.
Are you looking for planning permission for improvements to your property? We’re experts at basement design and working in conservation areas in London. Why not get in touch? We’d be delighted to offer you some advice.