About the site pre-build.
Little court is a a 1950’s bungalow in it’s original condition. It had not been updated since it was built and was in need of modernisation.
What the customer wanted.
When its new owners moved they wanted to modernise their new home, but also add some much needed charm and character. This would help it to blend in more to it’s surroundings, taking some design ideas from the charming church next door.
They had got some drawings completed from a designer rather than an architect on this occasion. However is was more than enough for us to use to give an initial cost for the renovation and build. We were then able to give a detailed breakdown of the cost for the job based on those plans. There was to be an extension to the side of the bungalow and conversion of loft space into a habitable zone. They wanted gothic style windows to be in keeping with the church next door. A joinery company who had considerable experience in this area was brought into the project to supply the window frames and glazing.
As this was an established home, it came with established gardens. As such, the customers wanted to minimise any damage to the lawn or plants around the building. To minimise this sheets of ply were laid on the lawn to stop rubble getting into the lawn.
Having worked in North Hampshire for many years, we understand the unpredictable nature of the ground. As the ground is sloped, there is a need to, potentially, dig deeper to find a more solid footing. We had made the customer aware of this in the early stages of costing the project and they agreed to make provision to allow for deeper footings if the ground conditions needed it. Luckily, on this occasion, the ground below was solid enough for the standard 1 meter footings.
On the extension itself, we used the existing roof tiles for the front elevation which faces the road. This produced an extension that appeared as though it had always been part of the original building. We used new “Rustic Antique” bricks which were colour matched to the original brickwork of the main house.
What we have now is a modern gothic style home that sits comfortably with its surroundings. It’s style is much in keeping with the 800 year old church next door, giving it bags of charm and character!
Here is the roof of the extension to the side of the original bungalow. Care was taken to use the existing roof tiles from the rear. This is so that that extension blended in to the rest of the building.
Here you can see the new windows going in (Left) and the old 1950’s window’s (right) being removed. These are modern, double glazed, hard wood windows, but are much more in keeping with it’s surroundings.