Stamford Road

Architect : Paul Testa Architecture Completion date : Jan 2017
Size : 100 to 249 sqm Contract value : £100,000 - £499,999
Housing experience : One-off Houses, General

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About this project

Stewart and Fiona asked us to overhaul their tired, detached house into an open and light filled home. One which would be perfect for entertaining family and friends during their retirement. We reworked a maze of small, dark living spaces into a large, open plan entertaining space with a fantastic relationship to their garden. A new entrance and stairwell was added to the front of the house. This created a dramatic, double height hallway in which to meet guests whilst improving access to the upper floors. It also transformed the existing house’s poor front façade by creating a more welcoming approach. Views throughout the ground floor have been opened up to allow guests to enjoy time alone whilst still feeling connected to the rest of the household. Thermal improvements including insulation, air-tightness work and mechanical ventilation have made their home a wonderfully warm and comfortable place to live during their retirement. We helped Stewart and Fiona achieve planning for their project in a conservation area before leading them through the construction process. This included making regular site inspections to provide them with peace of mind that their contractor was completing the works correctly. The completed house received a George Phillips Highly Commended Award 2017 in recognition of its significant contribution towards conserving the built environment in Rutland. “Their clever design and attention to detail added significantly to the value of the finished property and we could never have achieved this on our own.”

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