Traditional character property extension


The extension complete

This traditional character property offered many challenges.

It was necessary to satisfy the local Planning Authorities and Conservation Officer in relation to Conservation Area Requirements and not least of all, our customer’s ultimate wishes.

As often happens with older properties, individual wishes for all concerned may vary and therefore it be-falls ourselves, as the construction company, to liaise with all concerned to achieve the very best overall agreement.

Building Regulations not only embraces Health & Safety but all structural considerations, materials and their specifications, appropriate lead flashing and weather proofed roof pitches together with drainage and plus not least of all, thermal efficiency.

The ultimate achievement of Planning Approval is never straight forward in Conservation Areas. Whilst this is understandable, as other properties in the village may vary enormously in design and materials from which they are constructed, there are no specific guidelines which can be referred to and consequently ideas together with proposals may result in extended discussions with local Planning Authorities.

On this occasion, reclaimed stone was agreed together with one elevation being rendered. Roof tiles, whilst not reclaimed, needed to be in harmony with the original property.



There waainitial conflict with oucustomer’s architectPlanning Department and Building Control with regardtthe existing end elevation window and roof pitches to be compatible. There was also the consideration of fire escape plus Building Regulations Requirementfor the roof to be fully weatherproofed. We pridourselves oproducing the design seen in these pictureswhich ultimately pleased all concerneand very importantly our customer’s wishes.




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This resultindesign meant that the window wanot constructed over. The new roof line was in harmony with this property’s existing roof anpitch achievesthat a vaulteceilincould be introduced with appropriate Conservation Velux Windows.

This property has a very attractive gardeand good views were maintained by introducing a sliding patio door with large glass panels.

So far so good but it waalso necessary to show the Conservation Officer technical details of Conservation Veluxes and not least of all, cross sections together with specification for the double sliding Architectural Aluminium Patio Doors.

Some may consider that Aluminium is a modern material inappropriate for older character properties but it has been used for over a hundred years and we have certainlgained approval for its construction into new structures on ListeProperties.

The Patio Doodesign was very important indeed to provide good views in a splendid country garden, as can very much be seeithe photographs, this was achieved. Either when closed or ibotsliding panels are opened and also provides good ventilation plus fresh air on a warm summer’s day. If we habeen coercebthe Planning Officer to have French Doors or similar, probably constructed with timber, thethere would have been a predominance of framework and much less glass. This would have obscured viewinto the garden whether open or closed.

Beams within the internavaulteceiling were not only part of thsupporting structure buenhanced the desirtmaintain character within the new structure, in harmonwith an originally built attractive rural cottage.

The pictures showing animal hornand attractivdecoration within were very creatively introducebour customeranwe were reassured when ultimately all concerned expressepleasure for the finisheconstruction of this special Garden Room and achieving all its designed challenges.

You will see in the background a church and tower. It is believed thathis is one of the oldest churches in the country and many people studying historical buildings, very much have this on the ‘must view’ itinerary.

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