A major conversion project of a 1930s cottage in Cornmeadow Green. The project involved a number of internal alterations to the cottage to open up the space and an extension to the rear. A range of lintels and beams using different materials to suit the location were designed and specified. A new light filled single storey kitchen was added to connect the garden to the house. For the upstairs bathroom a new glazed lightwell was installed cutting out an existing flat roof.
Andy worked very closely with the developer and builder to find the best solution for each structural element keeping practicalities in mind such as weights of materials and safety of construction. When an old well was located under the footprint of the new extension a solution to cap and remove any structural risks was quickly developed to keep the building work on schedule.
This project is a great example of how an old fashioned house layout can be transformed into a modern family home taking great imagination, natural light and open space as principles of design. Working collaboratively with the other designers, client and builder is a rewarding experience for all.
“Andy worked with us when we renovated our house in 2012. Our home needed a complete overhaul and Andy was key in helping us achieve our vision. We built a ground floor extension with vaulted ceiling and knocked down several walls to create an open plan space throughout the ground floor. Andy was efficient and very proactive in undertaking the structural calculations and helping us submit our building control application. He is very approachable and would always come to site with short notice if we needed assistance with any unforeseen issues, such as the old well we found underneath where we planned to build the extension!”
— Jennifer Roberts