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The Brief:

The family owners of this detached property, situated on a private road in Surrey, wanted to modernise and extend their home to benefit from increased space for a new master suite and additional living and entertaining areas.   

The Architectural Design & Structural Engineering:

BetterLivingSpace proposed to replace and extend upwards the existing single-storey attached garage, then add a double-storey side extension. The existing internal layout was remodelled to create a more contemporary, open-plan living space. Finally an Orangery and an outside entertaining area accessed via bifold doors, were proposed to maximise the natural light into the property from the south-facing garden. 

The extension over the new garage provides ample space for for the new master bedroom, with dormer windows to the rear and views over the secluded garden from its ensuite bathroom and separate dressing area. Removing the stepped facade of the original garage provided increased driveway space to the front of the property, while at the rear of the property the extension was taken back to align with the new Orangery,  


The ground floor of the side extension contains a striking new open-plan kitchen, separate utility room and shower room. The existing porch was also extended upwards into double-storey, providing space for a Jack and Jill bathroom on the first floor, connecting the bedrooms of the two eldest children. We also removed a section of the upstairs landing to create an impressive dual height entrance hall.

The old kitchen at the front of the property was converted into a family room / snug, and we replaced the former French doors and converted a neighbouring window to create sufficient space for modern bifold doors, opening out on to the garden entertaining area. 


Finally, we inserted retaining walls to enable attractive landscaping of the sloping southerly facing garden, 

The Result:

A spacious and striking family home, with enviable bedroom suites and a range of well planned, contemporary living and entertaining spaces.

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