A short story of this project
A family of four contacted me to renovate and extend their 2-bedroom cottage in Fairlight.
The family loved where they lived, but really needed more space. At our first in-person meeting, they asked if they could improve the street appeal of their existing home and wanted more light as the house was positioned below street level.
They had been considering a complete knock down and rebuild. However, I advised them that in their case it made perfect sense to retain the existing structure and simply repurpose the rooms. Instead of demolishing all the existing usable spaces, we saved time and money. This was also a more responsible solution from a sustainability point of view.
The design I created included an extension at the rear and a new first floor. This provided the additional space the family needed, but also brought in natural light. Not just to the new first floor, but also to the rest of the home through the new open-style stairway.
An added portico at the entrance and glazed roof areas over the rear deck completed the transformation of their home. I am told that to this day the family gets compliments about their bright, modern and spacious home. Many of my own clients comment how striking the transformation from old to new in its appeal has been. Even though we retained the existing structure of the building.
But most importantly, the family themselves are able to fully enjoy the lifestyle they always envisaged.
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