This family have been very happy in their home in Eastern Brighton, but as the kids were getting older they needed to expand their living space. Moving didn’t seem a sensible option so they decided to expand their home by adding a second floor, 2 new bedrooms, a light and airy living space, an ensuite for the master bedroom and a new family bathroom while also maintaining and upgrading their existing home.
Already very committed to making their home more sustainable we were the perfect choice to work with them and their architect to deliver a second storey on their existing flat roof extension while also improving the sustainability of the building and the services as a whole.
Working throughout 2021 during the pandemic months, and working with other local suppliers and designers we have created a truly spectacular home that to use our clients words is “truly heavenly”.
Period/Age of House: 1930s
No. Bedrooms: 5
No. other rooms: 7
No. of floors: 2
Floor Area: 248m2
Cost: approx £200,000
Wall type: Solid
The largest part of the project was to add a second floor to the large existing side extension of the house that was built sometime in the early 1980s. This was done with an extensive steel frame designed by the architect & engineer – and this was probably the largest steelwork project we have undertaken. The nature of the site meant that much of this had to be done by hand as a relatively small delivery truck based crane couldn’t quite reach across to place the steels in position. I think some pictures will describe it better than i can in words:[rl_gallery id=”13115″]
As well as virtually doubling the volume of this house with 2 new bedrooms, a master ensuite, a family bathroom and an office/cinema room we also improved and upgraded all the services in the house. As explained, our clients in this instance were already committed to improving their sustainability and we built upon this to create a home that benefits from an entirely new heating system with underfloor heating upstairs and downstairs, a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system, grey-water recycling from the bathrooms on the first floor for the WCs downstairs, Solar PV, Solar thermal system & rainwater recycling.
AND, as well as all of this amazing tech and gadgetry the house is stunning, full of colour, natural light, some beautiful touches – such as the bespoke hand made staircase, the cork wall tiles and glazed window from main bedroom over the stairs, a large skylight that lights up at night among many others. We are extremely proud of this project and rightly so.
“we love the house so much, in fact its heavenly” Liz (client)