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SHPPERTON: IN FOR PLANNING

We are delighted to have lodged a planning application for our project in Shepperton, Surrey. The scheme involves a re-calibration of a previous planning application made by another practice where it would simply not work. The revised scheme allows for a large open-plan kitchen and living area with new separate formal lounge with the old dining room being turned into back-up utility and WC space. Our client’s main priority was to ensure the kitchen and formal living areas opened up in to the garden with the use of large bi-folding doors, encapsulating the stunning views.

First floor a large double bedroom, dressing area and en-suite stepping up from a 3 to 4 double bedroom house. To add a bit of drama the new bedroom will be vaulted full height internally with a large Juliet-balcony for those summer months.

We like to think the scheme has been designed out to add some serious value both financially and with the increase of quality of life.

SITE VISIT : HASLEMERE

Works are progressing rather well at out project in Haslemere, West Sussex and it has been two weeks since our last visit. The interior has been fully stripped out and all first and second fix plumbing and electrics all removed safely. The foundations for the rear and side extensions have been dug and depth approved by building control. Brick and block to DPC level have been constructed, oversite hardcore and sand blinding over to take new flooring. Although not in a Radon Area the pragmatic view was taken to allow for an upgraded barrier anyhow to future-proof the extension.

A few pictures of progress below.

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NEW SCHEME : COBHAM, SURREY

ATELIER GUY ARCHITECTURE is delighted to have put forward to a scheme for consideration to a detached 4 bedroom property in Cobham, Surrey. The project involves extending to the rear with a two-storey extension to increase the existing kitchen in to a large family – dining area with new back-up utility spaces. With this a new bedroom being added to the first floor to make the dwelling in to a substantial 5 double bedroom dwelling. An internal re-configuration also allows for a second en-suite to a further double bedroom.

The new bedroom to the first floor will be vaulted internally to provide for a double height ceiling space with bi-fold doors leading out on to a Juliet balcony to encapsulate views on to the stunning gardens when both fully open.
Let’s hope our client enjoys the designs!

​NEW APPOINTMENT : FLEET, HAMPSHIRE

NEW APPOINTMENT : FLEET, HAMPSHIRE

We are absolutely delighted to have been appointed to convert an existing office block in to residential apartments in Fleet, Hampshire for our developer client. The current building is set over 3 floors with 3 shops floors to the ground floor and 4 large commercial office spaces above. This was a relatively easy decision for our client to have made given the current pandemic where people are simply not gong in to the office to work and more importantly it’s very easy to convert office space in to residential dwellings under current planning laws. It’s naturally a win-win situation!

We look forward to coming up with some ideas. 

​SITE VISIT : HASLEMERE

We have made our 2nd site visit to our project in Haslemere after the Christmas and New year break and the contractor is continuing to rip out the existing shell ready to begin the new works. Considering the property is over 200 years old we are remarkably impressed at the condition of the timberwork and existing brickwork of the structure behind all the plasterboard. The saying is true – they don’t make them like they used to!

A few progress pictures below. 

FARNHAM : IN FOR PLANNING

We are delighted to have lodged a full plans application for alterations and extensions to this stunning dutch-style property in Farnham, Surrey. The property is set within the Green Belt zone and therefore had to be sensitive in terms of its size and bulk and to follow strict percentage increases relative to what has already been built before 1948. Our client is very pleased the results and the revised ground floor layout rationalises the use of the stunning garden with floor to ceiling glazing to the kitchen extension and gymnasium and entertainment areas around the outdoor pool with relocated double garage to the east side of the dwelling. The first floor allows for 6 superb double bedrooms with en-suites and makes use of the 2 staircases in the property fully!

Let's hope for a positive planning result. 

​WINDSOR: SCHEME 1

We have put together a first scheme for out stunning project in Windsor, Berkshire for consideration and it’s a complete turn-around on the existing layout. By extending to the rear of the dwelling with a new single-storey vaulted extension this has now become the main focal-point living room to maximise on those amazing countryside views. The old living room is now the kitchen-diner which too allows for uncompromised views and by setting the new extension further back creates a whole new space in the form of a courtyard which makes the interaction between the two spaces accelerate to the next level.

Let’s hope our client likes the first set of ideas! 

FARNHAM : SCHEMES PUT FORWARD

I’ve finally (after a long evening and lots of coffees later!) put together 2 options for my clients to consider on their stunning dwelling in Farnham, Surrey and what a project this will be. This project certainly leant itself in producing plans first and elevations later to gauge which options my client would like to go with as both schemes offer two different alternatives.

Both options pushes the kitchen over to the rear of the dwelling to capture the stunning rear garden, with the new build garage to the right-hand side bringing this in to play which is currently located some distance from the core centre of the dwelling. The existing garage is then converted in to either an entertainment suit or gymnasium. First floor allows for 6 bedrooms with several ensuites / dressing rooms etc.

GREEN BELT FLOOR PLANS

Having finished an all-day measured survey to pick up this stunning 4500sq ft chalet house the ‘as existing’ floor plans have finally been drawn up and as you can see they are quite large in footprint. However as the dwelling is in Green Belt it’s not quite so easy as extending a dwelling that is otherwise not situated in such an area.

There are strict requirements under planning that are in place to prevent over-development of dwellings so you have to ascertain the existing original square footage, allow for any additions that have been made over the years and this leaves a certain area you can extend by! All this needs to be proved to the planning department at time of application and a lot to consider especially meeting a client’s expectations as to the size / style of extension they would like. You can extend in Green Belt areas, but it comes with restrictions.

The existing floor plans shows the journey along the way….

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​NEW APPOINTMENT : SHEPPERTON

It’s fantastic to have secured yet another job via recommendation and we will certainly be busy going in to the New Year! My clients had already secured planning approval for their extensions however their previous architect wasn’t able to do the building regulations / construction drawings for some reason. During a consultation I have persuaded (over lots of coffee!!) them to go back in for planning for a better scheme that should have been identified in the first place and of course I’ll certainly be able to push forward with building regulations and construction drawings a few months later so their builder can build out the scheme.

The first step is of course a measured survey of the property to draw up the existing footprint and elevations so there is a base-point to start any new designs.