This large Victorian semi-detached house had a small kitchen/dining room located in an original two storey rear extension. An underused north-facing strip of garden ran between this and a garden wall shared with the neighbour.
We designed a side/rear extension providing a large kitchen/dining room with an eight metre wide bi-fold door arrangement. The angled plan form turns the rear elevation into the afternoon sun, creates a triangular external courtyard area and minimises the effect of the extension on the attached neighbour.
We had put off building our extension for some years partly because of the anticipated challenges and upheavals that it would entail. I am pleased to say we have been delighted with both the outcome and the experience of working with Simon.
We had a rough idea of what we wanted but were not fixed in how this should be built. We found Simon an excellent architect to work with in this respect and enjoyed sitting down at the kitchen table with him and pen and paper and talking through different ideas. His final suggestion for the design, which exploited some flexibility in the planning rules, was inspired.
We were also pleasantly surprised by the hassle free nature of the build. Simon managed all interaction with the builders including dealing with the inevitable things that go wrong. I was relieved to leave this to a specialist who we could trust to be on our side. The resulting extension has been a very great pleasure to live in and is much commented on by visitors to the house.
Chris and Anna Silver