Large extension

Madeira Drive, Hastings

Pushing Permitted Development to the limit. Adding the biggest extension possible to a semi-detached property without having to apply for full planning permission. More space in less time and at a reduced cost.

Andy and Jasmine’s semi-detached property was very typical of the area. They wanted to extend it at the back to create more space for his growing family. What they didn’t want was a design that would require full planning permission. The job needed to be done as quickly and cheaply as possible.

The house already had an open-plan kitchen diner. However, the dining area was housed in an ugly conservatory. When the temperature rocketed in the summer months, it didn’t make for a pleasant dining experience.

By removing the conservatory and extending across the full width of the property, I was able to create a beautiful garden room. I closed off the original lounge to create a new dining room – a tranquil, grown-up space. Part of the kitchen became a downstairs loo and much-needed utility room. The rest merged with the extension to create a huge open-plan area for a new kitchen and lounge.

As Andy and Jasmine wanted as much natural light as possible, I designed the end elevation with bi-folding glass doors and Velux roof lights. By architectural standards, it was a simple job but one that made a massive difference to family life. A job that proved extensions are certainly an affordable alternative to moving house.