New beginnings for a young family

This couple contacted me while searching for a house near to family in north Oxford. I advised on the purchase of a 1930s end of terrace house which was too small for them and their two young girls in its current form, however, had planning permission for a rather mundane but substantial side extension. In a lovely location overlooking Wolvercote, it had the potential to become a stunning home but required complete transformation.

My suggestion was to redesign the extension with a new planning application to give them a much more interesting and exciting home. This included turning the accommodation upside-down so that the main reception rooms of the house would have the views out to the Green. Thus the upper floor of the new extension forms a vaulted-ceilinged living room with a roof terrace looking directly out onto the Green and roof lights to the sky.

The family took to the design with gusto and energy, challenged only by the twists and turns of the planning process. The application was finally granted and their chosen builder started work. The completed house is a triumph and the brave decision of turning the accommodation on its head has paid dividends with far reaching views from first floor terrace and cloud-watching opportunities from the living room sofas.