The clients of this project, like many, wanted to create a better family and friends orientated kitchen-dining space. An existing single storey rear portion of the building (dating to around the 1940s) was home to the existing kitchen, small utility and dining space. These spaces were divided by walls, changes in level and a large fireplace. 

Through discussion and negotiation with the local planning authority a preferred option was granted permission to remove the chimney, the stack and internal walls. This opened up the area for a kitchen diner space more suited to current lifestyles. Careful development with the structural engineer and contractors throughout the process also stabilised some of the existing walls, tackled some damp ingress and opened up the roof structure to provide height and daylight to the long space. The kitchen layout was developed to make the most of the level change in the building. The step and peninsula island unit delineate between dining and kitchen space well and provide a casual bar seating area. 

A large existing window was knocked open into double doors and a new lowered patio area formed at the same level as the house. The resulting space is a generous entertaining space that is also hugely practical for their young family and developing garden. Lowered ground levels, improved drainage and repairs will improve the existing damp in the building.

A new shower room at first floor with a new door position to the large bedroom offers a shower room accessible to the whole house rather than just an ensuite. The resulting space is very useable and provides additional washroom facilities.

By working with a trusted and experienced builder, a careful structural engineer and occasional architectural input, the project was able to progress with only planning stage drawings rather than full architectural details. In some cases this can be a practical cost saving if the work is simple or well planned at early stages. Refer to this summary for more detail.