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Planning consent recently granted for a further extension

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Planning consent recently granted for a further extension to this house at Lipgate Place in Portishead

My client was very pleased with first extension but needed a large double garage and another reception room behind
Currently finalising the steel work support structure’

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Portishead Lake Grounds House Extension

I have obtained building regulation approval for a timber framed rear extension to  an attractive house set above the lake grounds at Portishead

Cheddar house extension

A client of mine has asked me to look at the potential of  a further extension to their

bungalow on the outskirts of Cheddar. To check out the feelings of planners to this addition we have made a pre-application to Sedgemoor District Council

Southview Farmborough

An early Christmas present for my client Helen Foster.

Yesterday we were all pleased to hear that we had received planning consent for a two storey side extension to her two bedroom cottage on the Bath Road in Farmborough.

The cottage requires complete renovation and modernisation. BANES have already advised the applicant of critical improvements that would be required if the house was ever to be let.

To be sustainable the property needs to be enlarged and improved if it is to act as a family home.

At ground floor there is only a small living and dining room and a mono-pitched lean to kitchen extension and at first floor, served by a sub- standard steep stair, two small bedrooms and a small bathroom.

The proposal is to add a two storey side extension: to provide at lower ground floor level, a large kitchen and under stairs toilet and at first floor level master bedroom with an ensuite shower/wc under an exposed truss roof. The existing sub- standard single lean-to kitchen at the west end of the cottage is to be demolished to allow for the new development.

Further internal alterations are planned: damp proofing, removal of wall between lounge and dining room, removal of the steep cottage stairs, levelling and insulating of un-level floors and the provision of a family bathroom to serve the two existing bedrooms. The side extension with a double pitched roof has been so designed to retain the character of the terraced cottage. The roof will be covered in matching profiled tiles (Double Roman) of a similar colour to the existing.  The applicant has recently purchased this property and intends to expand and modernise their living and bedroom space.  The new extension is to have a double pitched roof. The eaves of the proposed extension on the north elevation will be lower than the existing mono-ridge.  The north and south walls of the proposed extension will be in natural stone to match the adjoining existing cottage. The side walls of the extension will be rendered block.The roof will be covered in matching profiled tiles (Double Roman) of a similar colour to the existing.All the existing windows of the cottage will be replaced with new double glazed windows with larger openable lights for better ventilation and also allowing emergency egress.

Planning Consent at 19 Lynfield Park Bath

Yesterday I learnt that planning consent has been granted by Bath and North East Somerset Council for a single storey kitchen extension and attached garage which I have recently designed at 19 Lynfield Park.

My client, David Merritt, approached me through the Shelter scheme whereby you can consult with an architect for an hour as long as you make an initial donation to Shelter.

The proposed scheme is for a ground floor side and rear extension to provide a replacement garage and an enlarged kitchen/diner with a ground floor accessible wc. The existing dwelling is a 1930s semi-detached house with at ground floor a dining room that has been opened onto the lounge by a previous occupier and a small kitchen and at first floor two bedrooms, a box room and a small bathroom. The single narrow garage at the side of the house has an asbestos sloping roof behind the front stone parapet.

The applicant has a growing family and they found that the kitchen was too small to carry out activities such as cooking with the children. The oldest child in the family has now reached school age and the applicant was mindful that there is not a separate room from the existing living/dining area for school work etc.

In the future David may seek consent for a first floor addition over the proposed new extension to provide two additional bedrooms.

The existing house and garage is constructed with reconstructed bath stone with pvc-u windows. The house has a tiled hipped roof and the garage lean-to roof is asbestos sheet set behind a stone parapet.

The main walls of the proposed side extension will be a flat rendered insulated cavity block work. The rear part of the extension will be covered in horizontal cedar boarding with timber window frames to mirror that used on the existing contemporary garden amenity buildings shown on photographs below.


Bristol Bridge Club has a new enlarged kitchen

Work is about to be completed on a new kitchen extension at Bristol Bridge Club. The necessary alterations have been planned for sometime but are now coming to fruition.

The enlarged kitchen now meets the safety and hygiene legislation for club catering areas and will enable them to easily arrange a grand party this Christmas for the members!

I have previously designed substantial alterations to the main playing area and new toilet facilities at the Club.

Rather than Bristol City Council  Butler Young of Portishead were appointed as the approved building inspectors for the project.


Building regulation approval at 14 Kersteman Road Bristol

We now have building regulation approval for a large two storey extension to 14 Kersteman Road, Bristol.

The client Steve Wray is very pleased and is now exploring the requirements for Party Wall agreements with his neighbour and is  seeking suppliers of retaining wall sections.

The structural engineer was Adrian Brown of Peasedown St John who has come with the structural design required for the below ground garage

New Canopy to Pixie Cottage garden, Congresbury

My client David Jenkins has asked me to design a steel framed canopy within their walled garden to Pixie Cottage, Congresbury.

It appears that we are within the new permitted development rights of North Somerset planning authority and we will therefore not need a full planning application.

I am now seeking quotes for the diamond shaped pyramidial rooflight planned to the flat roof canopy and will be developing the structural steelwork design.

Patchway bungalow development Outline Approval

I have obtained planning approval for a new bungalow within the garden of an existing semi-detached house in Patchway.

The client has a large triangular rear  garden and she  asked me to plan a new dwelling.

We are now seeking reserved matters approval which is expected to be granted in early December

Portishead architect up and running

I have moved my practice from Bath to Portishead Somerset. I  am  based close to the attractive new marina developments. I intend to provide architectural services to the growing population of this up and coming commuter town of North Somerset. I have already been asked to look at adding a mezzanine gallery in a new lighthouse like apartment and to design some internal alterations to a new house to make it suitable for a wheelchair user.