Last Updated : June 2009
VWB Architects

Houses Housing


3259 Extension to 150 Holmes Chapel Rd. Somerford


RIBA Sector     Houses & Housing – Conversions & Extensions

Key Services    Full Architectural Service

Start Year         2006

End Year          2008

Gross Area       Extension 101m2 / Existing 165m2 (Total 266m2)

[Extension gf48.5 / ff40.3 / sf12.6m2  - Existing gf71.5 / ff67.0 / sf26.3m2]

Contract Sum   £300,000-00

Main Client       Mr & Mrs J Beardmore

Procurement    JCT Minor Works

Funding           Private


Project Description

Mr & Mrs Beardmore were seeking an architect to help them with their ambitions to significantly extend and upgrade their large detached 1930’s house located in the Cheshire countryside near Congleton. VWB Architects offered an Initial Consultation at the property to enable both parties to meet and discuss the general architectural services available and to consider potential design solutions. VWB Architects submitted a Fee Proposal and were subsequently appointed in 2006 to carry out a full RIBA architectural service.

The existing house was an impressive looking detached mock Tudor house built in the 1930’s with three bedrooms, a detached double garage and extensive gardens to front and rear. During the 1970’s the house was extended at the rear with a larger kitchen, utility and garden room, replacing a former lean-to kitchen. A large flat roofed rear dormer roof extension provided an additional fourth bedroom. The client was seeking to upgrade the whole house to provide four/five bedrooms, three with en-suite bathrooms, a new family bathroom, better use of the roofspace, and a modern open plan kitchen and garden room, a utility room and study. The client was not averse to replacing the 1970’s rear extension with something better. The 1930’s house was wide with a central hall but only one room deep and looked bigger than it actually was. This suggested that a large two storey extension across the full width of the rear elevation would not be out of keeping with the scale of the front elevation.

Several sketch proposal options were presented to the client and a preferred scheme subsequently agreed and submitted for planning permission. Although the local planning authority generally seeks to limit extensions to a maximum 30% volume increase on the original dwelling, the client obtained approval for a 50% increase.

With planning approval gained (March 2007), technical drawings were prepared for Building Regulations approval, followed by the preparation of a written specification and tender documents to obtain competitive quotations from six approved builders. Messrs. S.R.Williamson & Sons Ltd. Of Sandbach were appointed and work on site started in Novemeber 2007 with the JCT Minor Works building contract completing in September 2008. 


VWB Architects 35 West Street Congleton Cheshire CW12 1JN

Tel. 01260 272891

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