We have been commissioned to complete a feasibility study for a large first floor extension to an existing detached property on Ackerman Street in Eaton Socon.

The existing property is a 1960s house with a mixture of red brick detailing and banding coupled with a white rough cast render. The house has a hipped roof which reduces the scale on all elevations of the property.  In the 1980s the house was extended on two sides to form a connected garage and large kitchen area.  In completing this extension it has led to some of the internal spaces becoming redundant and unusable.

The aim of the project is to refurbish and alter the ground floor in order to create a large open plan entertaining space that includes the kitchen, dining and seating area.  The goal is to form a welcoming space as you enter into the property, while retaining some of the key characteristics of the house.

The first floor extension will turn the three bedroom house into either a large 4 bedroom or comfortable 5 bedroom property gaining additional rooms for the family to use.  The design will also ensure a master bedroom suite is created for the couple to enjoy and relax in.

The extension design has been challenging because we need to understand how best to connect the new roof into the existing, and achieve a considered approach that suits the scale of the development.  The materials proposed on the options are directly influenced by the existing house and the context of the site.  As the first floor extension will be lightweight in structure, the intention at present is to use lighter materials or materials in a non-standard fashion (i.e. brick slips not actual bricks).

We have discussed with the client about phasing the project – ground floor alterations for immediate use then first floor extension in a few years. The ground floor works are currently on site with structural alterations taking account the future works. The works are progressing and we will keep you posted of any developments in our news section.