The original property was a1960s brick bungalow with a concrete tiled roof, situated on a steeply sloping site in Kingsley Green, Surrey. Although originally built as a bungalow the accommodation was on two floors as the loft had already been converted. However, the first floor rooms were small with sloping ceilings and limited headroom. Although it was in a beautiful location, the building was too small and cramped for family living.
In order to provide the extra living space required we designed a completely new first floor, incorporating a new two storey side extension. This increased the overall floor area of the building from just over 2000sqft to over 3000sqft.
The design includes a large double height entrance hall which also now provides the main central circulation space of the house while an oak staircase and gallery provide access to the first floor bedrooms.
Once planning approval was granted it became evident that the existing walls were inadequate to support the new first floor. It was therefore decided that only the foundations and ground slab of the original bungalow would be retained. This dictated the type of construction which had to be a lightweight timber frame.
The site was clay soil and very wet and as part of the works a long term programme was put in place to remove ‘water-intensive’ trees. Extensive external works were carried out which included the construction of new retaining walls and an elaborate new drainage system to divert the ground water away from and around the house.