We transformed a Victorian townhouse with north facing side return and small dark gloomy kitchen with no view of garden into a light, modern living space suitable for a 21st century family.
What was the client’s brief?
The property was so dark that the family was forced to keep the lights on all day. They were desperate for light, views and a flowing link between the house and garden – a new hub for the house.
What did we do?
We created and brought to life a design that maximised light and brought the garden into the room, understanding that the kitchen needed to be a social area enjoyed for both entertaining and relaxing.
To achieve this, we raised the level of the lawn and used matching paving tiles on the patio and inside the kitchen, creating a seamless link from the outside to the inside. Large format glazing with a flush threshold between the kitchen and garden further blurs the line between inside and outside.
What challenges did we need to overcome?
With a terraced property, we needed Party Wall agreements, and to keep everyone informed of plans, the schedule and how much disruption there would be.
Structural alterations can be challenging, but we needed to ensure the right expertise and construction skills were used to ensure minimal impact. The project was managed extremely well; no extra expenses incurred and neighbours were shown understanding and empathy.
What was the finished result?
We created a light, bright, spacious modern kitchen living space where the family now eat, work and play. This kitchen has transformed the way the family use the house and has added significant value to the property.
The clients loved the feeling of light we brought to the house, saying that it had really transformed the space, and that even on grey days it’s a pleasure to sit inside looking out onto the garden. They now have a great space for entertaining, and a perfect marriage of period features and contemporary design.
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As Interior Designers, we are passionate about creating beautiful homes that capture your personal style and enhance the essence and purpose of each space.
As Landscape architects and garden designers, we are passionate about creating wonderful gardens that perfectly frame your home and connect you to nature. Whether you are embarking on a large garden design project or would like help with planting schemes, our team will work with you to turn your aspirations into beautiful unique spaces, seamlessly linking indoors and out.
We’ve helped transform many wonderful living spaces through renovations and extensions over the years.
Whether you’re looking for a contemporary glass addition, a complete makeover for a period Victorian or Edwardian property, internal remodelling options for houses built more recently, or a complete restoration of a derelict building, we’ll be able to help.
Using our 3D design process, you can explore a range of alterations before embarking on the more detailed phase of your renovation or extension.
With our wealth of experience working on listed and heritage properties across London and the South East, HollandGreen has successfully negotiated consents with Local Authority Conservation Officers and with Historic England for a wide range of renovation and extension planning requests.
We work with Specialist Heritage Consultants, and Archaeologists to provide detailed assessments of historic buildings, and have gained approval for ambitious, but sympathetic alterations to properties of historic interest, including those Grade ii* which fall within the top 3% of protected properties in the UK.
For many people the prospect of building their own home is the ultimate dream. At HollandGreen, we’re proud of the fact that we have helped a number of people achieve this dream.
If you are fortunate enough to have a plot of land that has the potential to be built on, or a house that you would like to knock down and start again with a blank piece of paper, we’d love to help.
We can advise on likely planning implications to help establish the feasibility of your project. Our exciting design journey will help you navigate through planning, choosing your builder, and delivering your dream new home.
Barn conversions offer the perfect opportunity to create a unique countryside home, packed with character. At HollandGreen, we’ve had extensive experience in converting existing agricultural buildings into residential dwellings, in accordance to the recent changes to ‘Class Q’ Permitted Development Rights.
From traditional listed stone walled buildings with slate roofing, to more modern metal clad farm sheds for the modern, industrial look, you can create luxurious country living perfect for you. What a great opportunity to create a characterful family home that’s sympathetic to its rural setting, and generally larger in volume and scale than a modern build.
Many properties fall within locations specified as a Conservation Area or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and we have specific experience working with planning departments across London, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.
Please do get in touch if you have any specific questions around what can be possible within a Conservation Area, even if you are just at the early stage of purchasing the property.
Luxury Basements & Pools.
If you’re battling to add space to your property, creating a basement storey can provide the perfect option to add significant living space, without having to move.
To find out whether adding a basement to your property will add value to your house, we recommend seeking advice from your local estate agents. Talk to us about Permitted Development Rights, as basement extensions are often possible, if a cellar space already exists.
Luxury Kitchens & Lofts.
The way people use their living space is changing. We find that for most of our clients, the kitchen is now the hub of the modern home, and we’re proud that we’ve become known for our inventive and aspirational kitchen extensions.
We’ve helped hundreds of home owners across London and the South East create open, bright and contemporary kitchen living spaces that combine cooking, dining and living within one social and inviting area.
We’re also known for our carefully considered, aesthetically pleasing loft extensions that both increase living space and add a wonderful new aspect to your home.
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