Grand Designs: Inspiring Renovation

Grand Designs magazine recently featured Clear Architects’ Stansted Road project as an example of an inspiring renovation scheme. The project, which involved the careful refurbishment and extension of a characterful Victorian house in East London, was included in the publication’s Extend, Convert, Renovate! supplement. This informative guide was published alongside the November 2018 issue of the magazine.

The case study on Stansted Road highlights how the design team at Clear Architects focused on restoring the property to its original character. As the house is situated in a Conservation Area, it was vital that any renovation work be sympathetic to its surroundings, respecting the period charm of the existing house.

Numerous eye-catching heritage details on the exterior of the house were restored, including the sash windows and the original brickwork. Inside, the layout of the house was reconfigured to provide a light-filled, flowing space that connects seamlessly to the new extension.

Melanie Clear says: “This was a beautiful house lost under years of bad design decisions and neglect. Restoring the original brickwork was a key component for attaining planning permission for the new extension.”

Interior period details were also reinstated as part of the project, including the striking tiled floor in the hallway. An original stained glass window was also incorporated as a standout design feature in the family bathroom. Other interior flourishes, such as the coving and skirting boards, were also restored as part of the scheme.

Melanie Clear was also quoted within the supplement’s lead article on how to plan a successful renovation scheme. The article, entitled, “Update your home” highlights the key considerations to bear in mind when you’re planning a refurbishment scheme, from calculating your budget to achieving planning consent.

Other inspiring renovation schemes by Clear Architects include Debden Hall and Forest View.

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