Excellent progress has been made this month on this two-storey extension in Thatcham by Chris Ridler of Universal Renovations. Having started just last month Chris and his team have made great progress despite the horrendous weather, and it will soon be weather tight!

The project is a great example of how our designs can enable growing families to continue living in their beloved homes, whilst gaining the size and quality of the spaces they need. When Joanne and Tony asked us to visit to discuss options for the project for the first time, it was unclear how to achieve a third bedroom up-stairs, because of the constraints of the site of the semi-detached property and the location of the stairs within the house.

 

By the end of the meeting we had turned the original ideas upside down and relocated the stair within the side extension which will now contains a front door and a nice entrance hall too, rather than the previous small side porch. Upstairs the girls get to have their own rooms and mum and dad get a larger master bedroom enlarged by the amalgamations of the previous corridor and stairs becomes amalgamated and the previous family bathroom becomes a light and generous sized en-suite for them.

In addition to the new stair and hall the new ground floor plan enlarges the lounge and extends the kitchen/diner with a garden room seating area with bi-fold doors onto their secluded patio. Apart from the patio, the external space to the side of the house was under used and squeezed between a dying hedge. Now the 3m wide extension sits nicely to the side of the house, set back only slightly to please the planners and maintain the visual symmetry of the semi-detached houses. 

Once finished it will not only be an asset to the house, but to the street scene in general, sitting in nicely as if it had always been there! I look forward to visiting again soon, and to be able to show you how it all turns out – watch this space!"

"We are so pleased with how quickly things are progressing, everyday we can see our vision becoming reality, and cannot wait to enjoy our new/old hugely improved home." Joanne, Thatcham

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