Side Extension, Beltinge

Spacemaker Architects

Our clients have just bought a new house and wanted to remove the existing side extensions which were of poor quality, and replace them with a new extension. The new single storey extension creates a new entrance hall, study and a light and spacious new kitchen-diner which opens onto their garden. There are also alterations to the existing house to all together give a better use if space, and bring light and ventilation into the enclosed bathroom. The proposal blends well with the existing house and its surroundings.

The proposal has now received planning permission and work is to start after having given building control approval and a builder has been appointed.

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