When we were appointed to this project in Somersall, Chesterfield our clients had the house up for sale and had been advised by their estate agents that a planning approval for further development to the house may help potential buyers to visualize the potential in the property.

The Brief

Having recently converted their detached garage to the rear of the property into an office our clients had been advised that many of the comments from prospective buyers revolved around not knowing how to make use of this space and that the current kitchen was fairly small for the size of property. As such, we were asked to develop ideas to link the converted garage with the main house and enlarge the existing kitchen at the same time.



The Design

The existing house had an existing single storey flat roofed element across the back of the property which lent itself to extending across to the detached garage / office which was set a number of meters back and to the side of the main house. This meant that any junction with the pitched garage roof was simplified as much as possible and also gave us more flexibility in the space that was formed.

The final design formed a single storey extension to the side of the existing kitchen which then projected forwards to create a new utility area and “side” access door. Behind this the extension protruded backwards towards the former garage to form a new dining area (open to the kitchen) which would then link the office with the rest of the house.

The dining area would also be flooded with light thanks to a large lantern rooflight set within the flat roof whilst it would also benefit from large bi folding doors opening out onto the decking area directly behind the existing house.

The Outcome

Once that the project received planning permission our clients loved the designs so much that they took the house off the market and proceeded to build the extension there selves. Now complete the extension has created a fantastic open plan living lifestyle that they were looking for whilst also being able to work from the comfort of their own home but still be able to segregate “the office” from general day to day living.


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