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Extension for Mid 1990’s Semi Detached Home

Studio Arkell was pleased to be approached by a young couple who own a late 1990’s corner plot home. Our consultation process is thorough, so we asked the client to come up with a list of ‘must-haves’ for their extension and a wish-list of elements that they would like to have if possible. This process enabled us to hone in on the client’s wishes, while remaining realistic in terms of budget.

The couple’s must-have was a generous, light, open plan kitchen/living/dining space, which would flow into their wrap-around garden. In their wish-list was a utility room and downstairs toilet. Studio Arkell was pleased to provide designs that encompassed both the client’s must-haves and wish-list.

What did we propose?

We proposed a one storey extension with a hipped roof to remain in line with the property’s exterior aesthetics. Thanks to the rules around permitted development areas, we even managed to save the client planning application fees.

Our design was all about getting the best out of the existing footprint – part of the old kitchen became the new utility room, while a ‘U’ shaped kitchen made the best out of the available area. A peninsula breakfast bar now separates the kitchen area from the living area and dining space.

Clients are often surprised when we reveal the true potential of the cupboard under the stairs. And in this case, we created our couple a nifty, yet stylish downstairs toilet by cleverly carving out the space and carefully choosing the bathroom elements.

The result

Not only is the client exceptionally happy with their extension, they can also be happy in the knowledge that the extension has added significant value to the property. Thanks to the design, Studio Arkell has brought a light and airy feel to the main living area, and the client now has a space that they can utilise and live in for longer, rather than upsize.

The client gave us the following feedback:

“Hannah was professional from start to finish. She was always helpful, ready to offer her thoughts and really helped us be innovative with our existing space. Highly knowledgeable on the process and extremely reliable and always communicative about what the next steps were. I would highly recommend Studio Arkell Ltd.”

Studio Arkell will help you to adapt your existing space

If you’re looking to make the most out of your existing space, rather than upsizing, Studio Arkell are ready and waiting to help! Give us a ring for a friendly chat, and we’ll see how we can help you to improve your home. Request your FREE one hour Initial Design Consultation today.


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