Our client purchased this bungalow in Tavistock Street, Bletchley with the intention of renovating it by enlarging its footprint and remodelling the interior. Therefore, they contacted us for help with the design and planning of the project.
The main aim of the remodelling exercise was to open up the bungalow roof space to create a usable first floor which would then house a new bedroom. In addition they wanted to add ‘drop lighting’ into darker areas of the ground floor where a new kitchen area would then be situated.
When it comes to loft conversions, they can be quite tricky at the best of times, but providing the shafts for the drop lighting added an extra structural difficulty we needed to plan for.
Our clients have worked very hard to project manage and, in some cases, even provided the labour for this project. The end result is a stunning kitchen/diner with lots of natural light flooding in and a new light and airy bedroom upstairs.
If you are embarking on a project like this it is essential to have a thorough set of good detailed plans. A pre-requisite to this is a good scheme where all of the fundamental difficulties have been considered and preferably designed away. This means that even a quite large design change is easier to manage if thorough plans have been produced beforehand. In our client’s case we are now tying up some changes initiated during the building work.
We always recommend to clients that once the work starts it is best not to change the design. However, sometimes it is inevitable, especially with old buildings and this was the situation here, but because we had plans to work from, it made the process much easier. I’m sure you will agree that they have done a fantastic job project managing it and we have thoroughly enjoyed working with them to create their dream living space.