Whether you’re handling the project management for your extension scheme or engaging an architect to do it for you, setting a clear budget at the start of the process is an important step in the right direction. Bringing a designer on board will help you make the most of your available funds, as a professional will be able to come up with clever solutions to help maximise your cash.
Clear Architects’ Stansted Road scheme involved the construction of a two-storey addition to the rear of a Victorian property in East London. As the house is situated in a Conservation Area, the design for the new structure had to respond sensitively to the local environment.
The scheme also encompassed the restoration of some of the dwelling’s period details, including the replacement of out-of-keeping aluminium windows with timber sash alternatives. An eye-catching ‘up and over’ strip of glazing has been incorporated overhead to separate the contemporary addition from the originalheritage dwelling.
The scheme is included in Homebuilding & Renovating’s “Extensions for Every Budget” supplement as an example of an inspiring expansion scheme, highlighting the fact that this striking design was brought to life for an impressive £150,000. Clear Architects worked closely with the homeowners to specify an attractive design scheme and specify products so the build could be brought in on budget.
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.”
Other inspiring extension schemes by Clear Architects include Forest View, a stunning glazed addition to a 1950s home. The practice’s Ducketts Mead provides another example of how clever design can transform the exterior aesthetic of a property, as well as adding extra space.