Location: Hove, East Sussex
Work carried-out: A Planning Application was submitted for new rear and roof extensions. There was some negotiation with the Local Authority, a Building Regulations application and Scheduled Fixtures, Finishes & Fittings to enable a smooth build with an appointed Contractor.
Project description: This detached property had been extended rearwards in the past but had originally been built without a normal roof profile – with the ridge much lower than adjacent properties in the street.
The downstairs room was already functioning like a contemporary garden room, but it was suffering from not having the rear extension over the full width of the property in the way the space was able to be used. There was need for more bedroom space too and so this made the new roofspace particularly valuable for the family.
The rear extension was a straightforward addition, but the two good-sized bedrooms were particularly useful. The staircase was extended in a seamless way to the new floor – a bedroom each for the two children with a shared Shower-room / WC. The extra space at Ground and Second floors has made all the difference to the house and it feels comfortable and balanced. The connection to the terrace and the garden makes the Family room the hub of all activity as it is light, bright and welcoming.
The clients have added their own finishing touches to the décor which speak of it as a happy family home.
Contractor: Minton Young
Before building work our house was perfectly adequate but we both felt that it had the potential to be amazing. Fatefully, David and DK were recommended to us by friends. With his calm, professional manner he listened patiently to our ideas for extending the kitchen and connecting with the garden. Although the extension was simplistic in the sense that we were extending across the full width of the house David has created for us a space that feels much bigger than we’d anticipated. He created a cathedral ceiling space with skylights and the clever use of a zinc roof meant that the height of the full width opening could be raised allowing us to install a wall of glass with huge sliding doors. Although the space is big it makes sense as there are zones for the living area, dining and kitchen. David’s design has been life changing in that the family make use of the space together. Before the kitchen table felt cramped and was in sight of the front door but now it sits proudly in a more private area looking out onto the garden. Most days the family sit down together and enjoy family time. We would say that the kitchen extension has really enhanced our day to day living and we are very thankful to David for that.
We weren’t sure if planning would allow or indeed if it was possible but we wanted to add loft bedrooms. David was confident that we could strip back the existing roof and rebuild with 2 new bedrooms and a bathroom. We are so glad we took the step, our growing children now have a floor to escape to with the added bonus of fantastic views and the rooms are really spacious. Looking back the old roof looked too low and not balanced but with David’s help the look of the house has now been improved and if you didn’t know you would never believe that we’d added a new floor. It was difficult to imagine how the new staircase up the roof would fit in but David’s design in moving a door to accommodate it has actually enhanced the first floor and has given more privacy to the bedroom affected. The stairs and landings are very open and it doesn’t feel like stairs up to a loft room at all.
We engaged David not only to take us through the planning and building regulation process but also to prepare schedules of finishes and fittings which was used by the Contractors for pricing. This was invaluable for us and the Contractors. Throughout the process David and Clive were on hand with advice and led us through what could otherwise be an extremely stressful experience. We had some hiccups along the way as most building projects do but again David and Clive came onsite and sorted them out and were always available to talk through issues. We have no hesitation in recommending David and his team at DK and wish them well with their future projects.