crest arb

The architects within this Company are registered as such under the Architects Act 1997

Victorian Splendour


This project has the two most common elements of an extension to a small Victorian two storey terrace; the side return and loft extension. The existing kitchen had a low ceiling and bowing walls while the loft conversion, in a low attic, would have needed ceilings to be lowered in the bedrooms below. Our solution was to rebuild the back of the house to three storeys to provide a large kitchen diner with higher ceiling, a new large luxury bathroom and an additional bedroom. By minimising the disruption to the main house we kept costs down and preserved the character, proportions and space of the house. The positioning of rooms allows for easy connection between bedrooms, important for a family with young children, and a wonderful double height hallway and landing.


The design, by using their permitted development rights, didn’t require planning consent but did need a sensitive approach to dealing with neighbours and party wall matters. Instead of providing an expensive glass roof to the side return which would have exceeded the client’s budget, we specified an inexpensive Velux which provides light and ventilation to the dining area and ties together the old and new.


Our clients were really pleased with the end result. They sourced their own handmade kitchen in Wales and handpainted it to look like much more expensive cabinets. The traditional bathroom fittings and tiling work well in the enlarged bathroom. The laundry cupboard in the bathroom keeps washing near to clothes and noise away from living spaces. The bay window, as well as providing space for occasional dinner parties, provides space to relax overlooking the sunny courtyard garden.