Due to the nature of the project, with the property being in a designated conservation area and the required build extending beyond the 3 metre limit, the Mitchells had to go through the process of obtaining planning permission. With assistance from Crendon Conservatories and experienced local architect Philip Brookes, they were able to submit an application that met their needs while still satisfying the planning authorities.
Once planning permission had come through and dates had been finalised with the Mitchells, we were ready to get the team on site, but before we could begin the build, we had to source old-stock bricks in order to make the new part of the property blend in with the old part.
The biggest challenge of this project was in trying to make the new feel like part of the house, while also making it feel like part of the garden. We were able to achieve this by extending the parapet walls to the full height of the windows, giving the garden room a feeling of light and space without the exposure of a traditional conservatory, and giving the sense that it was still very much a part of the house.
Before we could begin work on the new build, we had to remove an existing wood-framed conservatory that no longer met the Mitchell's needs. Once we had done this and the base had been successfully built, the team took accurate measurements to ensure everything was in perfect position before construction of the main structure began. One of the key features of the build was full-width bi-folding doors, which required an additional RSJ to hold the roof when the doors were open. By installing bi-folding doors across the whole front of the conservatory, we truly opened it up to the garden, providing the Mitchells with a new living space that is both part of their house, and part of their garden.
To make the new room usable all year round, underfloor heating was fitted beneath high quality floor tiles. The whole room was then given a professional plaster finish, and the required electrics were installed.
Finally, on the request of the customer, we set about building an adjoining patio area (complete with pond!) to truly take the living space out into the garden.
Both ourselves and the Mitchells couldn't be happier with our joint take on a modern garden room. We achieved the tricky balance of making a space that could be used as an extension of both the house and the garden, and the new build blends in perfectly with the older part of the property, and the general surroundings as a whole. The Mitchells have subsequently asked to quote them for building a new driveway, and we're looking forward to working with them again.
Richard Warner: Sales, Design and Project Management
Philip Brookes: Architectural Drawings and Planning Application
Les Warner: Base Build, Patio Area, Flooring and Pond Construction
Brian Howlett: Base Build, Patio Area, Flooring and Pond Construction
Steve Howitt & Mike Noden: Frame and Roof Construction
Keith Handshaw: Plastering
Steve Strachan: Electrics