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Architects in Oxfordshire gain planning permission for large extension within a conservation area

5 Jun '19

Architects in Oxfordshire gain planning permission for large extension within a conservation area

Situated within the conservation area of Lower Heyford, the existing property is a more modern example of architectural design. The clients approached our architects in Oxfordshire hoping to extend their property, but while doing so, allow it to integrate more comfortably within the current street scape - comprising traditional, coursed rubble stone houses with timber frames and slate roofs.

Our architects designed a beautiful two-story extension, keeping within the proposed brief. For the project to merge with existing properties, the build materials have been carefully considered, allowing it to blend in, rather than be a statement home. For example, the side elevation of the property is highly visible from the road, yet the subtle, muted tones of the render soften the appearance, dissolving it into the background. The gable end of the home is the principle elevation, and so it was felt the materials here should give the property more status. It was agreed for the gable end to be finished in stone, focusing the eye here rather than on other areas of the house.

The completed plans offer the extension the clients craved, for more functional, family life, taking the property from a modest cottage into a large, five-bedroom family home. Downstairs offers a generous, open plan social space, with central kitchen island, separate dining area and sofas for communal living. Off this socialising zone there is the more formal, comfortable living room and a play room with double doors leading to the garden. Upstairs are the bedrooms with not only a generous master suite, but guest suite also. There are two further double bedrooms and a single, which could also work well as a study space, alongside the family bathroom.

The planners appreciated our architect’s sympathetic approach to the surrounding conservation area, and we are delighted to announce that this project has now been granted planning permission.

Thinking of your own architectural design? Perhaps you are worried about a listed building or conservation area? Why not approach our architects in Oxfordshire to discuss your ideas further, and see if we can help with any planning concerns you may have?