Extending double height will create more usable space on both the ground and first floor, the best thing is double the height does not mean double the price. If you have the space around your property you can create kitchen, living rooms, garages etc along with new bedrooms and bathrooms. Rear or side double extensions will generate great new space and value to your property and with good architectural design enhance the way the property looks.
CONSIDERED DESIGN APPROACH
Much of the ground for design elements are the same only you will have limitations on getting light through the roof with Velux’s or lanterns. The first floor needs to be carefully designed as there are limitation with windows depending on proximity to the boundaries. The landing area is not always best suited to serve an additional room so often we need to design inner corridors. The larger mass of the structure means a new roof line to tie into the existing and proximity to the neighbours can affect the overall size and height.
DEVEPOLING THE DESIGN
Out vast experience in residential design allows us to demonstrate how best to gain the extra rooms, access them and unlock hidden unused dead zones. Whilst creating great new living spaces we don’t like to forget the rest of the property; every square meter needs to be usable and accountable. Once we determine the size and shape that is available form the site and likely to gain approval form the planning officers we can begin. We will demonstrate some internal layout options adding various furniture and even planning the kitchen to help you see the functionality. With a working size and layout, we can then add the window and door plus any other material finishes you want to consider.
Good planning design by CK Architectural will consider planning restrictions such as scale, impact on the street, how it effects the neighbours etc. We consider and counter design all the likely obstacles local authority planning departments can throw at us. However, most policies are open to interpretation and each local plan varies, then it is the opinion of the area officer. Your confirmed design will have the best chance of gaining success through us, we work closely with local councils and keep your expectations real. There are grey areas that we can work with and write tailored planning statements but alas some restrictions are set in stone and very rarely acceptable. For Further to read through our planning guide and of course feel free to book a free consultation and assessment.
Your developed and approved design will have the building regulations considered, we assume the project will be built and as such will need detailed regulations plans. The final design will have all the relevant building detail, dimensions, cross section and specification to not only gain full plans building control approval but to be easily read by builder and client alike. We like to make the plans easy to read for building control officers, builders and you the client, that way we leave less to interpretation. Double extension we require more consideration in building due to means of escape form fire, more weight on the existing structure, tying into the existing roof etc.
TENDER AND BUILD OR PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Our detailed plans to allow a competent builder to price and build correctly, you get accurate quotations form them if they assess the site too. We do our best to warn or design against any potential building issues, but on-site issues do pop up. It’s worth remember we cannot see under ground or behind walls, make sure there is some allowance of contingency and the builder has priced for any unknown issues if they arise. Look out for drains or poor ground, the existing footings should always be explored and ask the build to cat scan before excavation. If it’s a larger project let us do all the preparation and administration by way of our project management service.