Ian Bower is a qualified Architect BSc(Hons), BArch(Hons), RIBA

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Construction recently completed of a large extension to a bungalow at Seaview Road Portishead

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Construction recently completed of a large extension to a bungalow at Seaview Road Portishead

We added  an additional floor plus arear extension across the full width plenty of glazing and a large open plan kitchen dining area with wood burner
The client is very pleased indeed

Designed & Planned Two Extensions in Portishead

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I have designed and planned two sets of extensions to this rather ordinary 60’s bungalow on Combe Avenue in Portishead

The photo shows Phase 1, the rear extension, which successfully accommodates the new lounge.We have provided a vaulted roof and the floor is set lower than the main floor to provide additional height within the lounge

The attractive low maintenance cladding to the extension gives a seaside feel too and has given this bungalow a more contemporary appearance.

My client has now asked me to design a side extension to the kitchen along with an attached garage. Planning permission has been gained and construction has just started.



Design an Extension in Clevedon

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Two years ago, I was asked to design an extension to the lounge area of this attractive 70s house in Pyne Point in Clevedon

Initially the extension will act as a play area for the younger occupants with direct access to the garden..

Later it will of course become an addition to the main lounge area with the benefit of the large areas of glazing and its dynamic sloping vaulted ceiling.

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Barn Conversions

Changes to planning legislation in 2015 is making it much easier for land owners to convert agricultural barns into new dwellings.

New regulations (Class MB) have been introduced which allow for agricultural buildings to be

converted into dwellings without the need for full planning permission. This is subject to

going through a prior notification procedure where details are submitted to the Council.

Proposals will need to satisfy a number of criteria and will impose certain restrictions on

other new agricultural development. Give me a call if you are planning to convert your barn.

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

Tamar Drive Keynsham

Planning consent has now been achieved for a side and rear extension to a semi -detached house in this quiet cul de sac in Keynsham. The building regulation application has now been lodged with BANES with structural engineering drawings by Adrian Brown to allow for a future loft conversion.

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.

Istanbul Boutique Hotel Kayakoy

A Doctor who owns a four storey 1920s villa in Kayakoy, Istanbul has asked me to look at its conversion to a boutique hotel. The ceilings have moulded plasterwork and the rooms are very grand.

I am planning a visit to Istanbul soon to develop the scheme.

The client would like to use a British construction team and one experienced in restoration

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.