Blog: Helping a property reach its full potential

08 August 2018

Luke Abbott, architect and director at the Roger Coy Partnership, has written his latest blog about the completion of a residential extension and alteration project which spanned four years from inception to completion.

Over four years ago, in July 2014, we were appointed by our clients to undertake design brief preparation and feasibility studies for the refurbishment project.

Our clients had purchased the property due to its location; we were to maximise the gross internal area, making the most of its open location and fantastic, completely unobstructed south-facing distant views.

Initially, we suggested that the existing house could be demolished, and that a new dwelling could be built to make the most of a zero VAT rating applicable to new development projects.

Starting with a clear site could have put us in the best possible position to maximise the space available in its top of valley location.

However, our clients wanted to retain some of the original building and its layout. After discussing the options, the decision was made to extend and alter the existing dwelling.

At this point, it’s worth mentioning that there was a relatively small portion of the original building retained, by the time demolition was completed. Most of the house needed to be demolished to allow for the considerable expansion. It transpired, that the level of demolition undertaken did allow for what is for all intents and purpose a new dwelling. We admire our client’s belief in their own vision.

Four years after we first met our clients, the dwelling’s gross internal floor area has more than doubled from 250 sqm to a large 520 sqm dwelling – and the results are impressive.

In doing so, the house has been transformed from a tired, outdated four-bedroom farmhouse into an eight-bedroom designer home with spectacular views of its vast rural surroundings.

It’s now a remarkable property to look at, irrespective of its picturesque surroundings.

We secured planning permission and prepared a full set of construction drawings, post planning, and we remained on-call during construction to offer advice throughout the project.

It is worth noting that if this project was commercial; to be sold on by the developer it would have been subject to Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Interestingly, had planning permission been secured in 2018, commercial clients would have been liable to pay a CIL charge of £554,000. We are always happy to discuss CIL matters.

After extensive alterations, our client’s property now boasts some incredible panoramic views with plenty of interior space and fits comfortably in the immediate and wider context. This was one of many buildings that we work with which had fantastic potential, and the alterations completed here has certainly fulfilled it.