Our client came to us originally to add a floor to his bungalow and increase his square meterage by adding a double storey side and rear wrap-around extension. He also wanted to convert the property into 4 flats with added parking spaces on a new driveway and a dropped kerb. Lastly he asked for a new build at the end of his garden with a separate side access if feasible. Otherwise he wanted an outbuilding with two large rooms and a WC. We really enjoyed working on this ambitious development in Epsom
Following a site consultation with one of our managers, his scope was then modified to the addition of a floor to the bungalow, a loft conversion with dormer, to also excavate a basement extension, to create the outbuilding for an office at the end of his garden, and to create 2 semi-detached houses. He also requested our 3D Render service.
Front and rear renders of the proposed exterior
Design for our Ambitious Development in Epsom
In order to make our design sympathetic to the surroundings, we considered carefully the traditional look at the front. Even though it was not a conservation area, we knew the council would be more likely to approve a traditional facade. The client wanted a simple design without any fancy detail, so for the rear we had a pitched roof, white render to the walls, skylights and a sliding door.
We thought of the reasons applications are generally refused:
- Right To Light: Our design did not cause loss of light to a neighbour
- Overlooking: The new windows did not overlook the habitable rooms of neighbours
- Massing: We made sure the extension was not too bulky
The Project Trail
Because the proposal was fairly ambitious, and potentially contentious, we advised our client to go down the pre-planning application route. Once we had the pre-app. advice, our planning consultants and architectural designers prepared the main application for him.
Our proposal was approved by Epsom & Ewell Council. Our standard service always offers a second option for the same quote with the planning services and if you instruct our 3D Immersive Design package, we create unlimited revisions until our client is pleased with the proposal. Our 3D service is an effective tool for convincing planning officers that your build will not be contentious but will blend with and enhance its surroundings.
His site consultation had also been for another house on the same road, which was a much smaller project. He wanted a 2m rear extension which has since been approved by Epsom & Ewell planning department. We were happy to do both projects, since this larger one was a great opportunity for our design team to solve an interesting challenge, and to create an ambitious development in Epsom.
We can help
Whether you live in Epsom or East London, we work within the M25 and the home counties. We can also answer questions about getting your planning consent for an extension, and discuss what you can achieve under Permitted Development.
If you need planning full permission, we can help you get it or we can let you know if your permission is still valid. We don’t add VAT to the council’s planning application fees when we submit your application, and we liaise with the planning department on your behalf. There is no extra charge for this.
We sometimes suggest the pre-app. Route, in the event of a slightly contentious proposal. See the Pre-app section on the Planning Portal for more details. We can also help you understand why you will need to satisfy Building Control even for small projects.
We can guide you re estimated build costs whether you want an ambitious development in Epsom or a loft conversion in Esher. We can also design a great rear extension or garden room to increase your property value. As well as the design & build costs, we can indicate the resale value likely to be added via your development
Bespoke Design for your Ambitious Development
If you are wondering what adds most value to a property, we can give you a great design which will be good for residents in terms of practical functionality, aesthetics and increased value. If you would like to have a discussion about development costs or if you just want to bounce off ideas for home improvements, please contact us so we can help you plan your proposal.
Architecture companies in London
If you are thinking of hiring a local architect or consulting the London architects list for a residential architect, have a look at some of our case studies. Extension Architecture are expert at home extensions & house design, with vast experience as London architects. Based in Battersea, we have built many projects locally in Wandsworth, Kensington & Chelsea, Kingston, and Richmond, as well as in other boroughs across London such as Westminster, Camden, Islington, Brent, Harrow and Sutton.