Loft conversion and granny annexe
The property was a 1970’s block built bungalow with the garage already converted to a reception room, cloakroom and utility room with a small loft bedroom and shower room above accessed from the utility room..
The original brief was to convert the entire loft space of the bungalow. The roof height was less than 2 metres and from design beginnings, it was clear that less than 2.4 metres was not going to give a good quality conversion with reasonable headroom.
The first recommendation was to remove the existing loft room conversion (which was poorly insulated and access was not practical) along with the entire roof then fit a new roof with the ridge line raised 1 metre. The new roof design was based around a series of lattice beams at ridge level. This gave us freedom to use the space created to allow a 10 mt rear dormer as an access corridor and stair well.
We were then asked to design a 1 bedroom annexe to the rear of the property and the roof space of the annexe was linked into the loft conversion creating 4 bedrooms (2 en suite) and a family bathroom – in total 130 square metres of living space was added to the property by converting the loft space with a 70 square metre annexe to the rear.
The structure of the roof was all underwritten by our associate engineer to ensure full building regulations compliance.
With the amended conversion plan in mind the owners then asked for the original ground floor space to be converted to a large feature entrance hallway with feature stairs a large living room to one side and a large kitchen / breakfast room to the other. From the kitchen a new utility room was added, with access to the one bedroom annexe
A new oil fired heating system was specified with multi zones and hot water via an unvented hot water system with solar recovery via two solar collectors and secondary return loop to reduce water wastage. The entire electrical installation was specified throughout with energy efficient feature lighting throughout.
We worked with the clients throughout the project to completion and introduced many changes as the project progressed to enhance the living space which included built in storage and walk in wardrobes as well as many smaller changes.
“We originally asked A & K Architectural Services to draw plans for our extension and annex as a friend recommended him. We were impressed by his understanding and his willingness to push the boundaries. He soon took our ideas and produced the first set of drawings. Working closely with him we were able to make alterations so that the final drawings were to our liking. These were then submitted the plans and completed the building regulations drawings. As the project progressed and some changes became necessary A & K Architectural Services was always on hand and willing to discuss any issues and resolve them to our satisfaction and our pleasant but plain bungalow is now a fantastic four bedroom contemporary house with annexe”