Oxfordshire architects highlight ways of turning your property into a dream home
27 Apr '20
With all of us spending more time than ever in our homes it’s only natural for us to evaluate the space that we live in, and how it is working during lockdown. Perhaps your ‘home office’ has become the dining room table, with children running riot around you, or maybe you have had to shift the usual bedroom situation around in order to gain some work space. As a nation, when our home is not the ideal, we generally pick up our phones, swipe the Rightmove app, and begin to dream about moving on. Sadly, none of us can think about moving home currently, but it does not have to be the only option available. Our Oxfordshire architects are still hard at work and can offer you an alternative: why not redesign the space that you already own and create your dream home without the stress of moving house?
The most obvious improvement for adding space to your home is an extension. Extensions can come in all shapes and sizes, from multi-storey extensions, expanding the entire width of your property, to more modest room extensions, perhaps adding dining space to a galley kitchen, or a games room. Often our client’s biggest concerns include whether they own enough land to fit in an extension and, if their property falls within a conservation area, whether they will even be able to gain planning. Our architects are experts in this field and often gain planning permission in areas where planning constraints are in place. They can sympathetically address the existing street scape to ensure an extension would not look out of place and use natural materials that weather and blend in with countryside surroundings. Where space is concerned, they can address this by using cunning layouts and cleverly designed features so garden space does not feel lost.
Stylish loft conversions
Loft conversions are another obvious way to gain extra living space and a converted loft is often the best way to add an extra bedroom and bathroom to a property. Provided there is enough initial head height in place, loft conversions can be made to many properties, including new builds where ‘W Trusses’ in the attic space are a cause for concern. While they can make alterations more difficult, a conversion is not impossible, and an architect can best advise on the routes to approach. Garages also make perfect conversions, whether they are connected to your house or not, they can be altered to form a stylish annex to provide an office or guest accommodation, or even a gorgeous ‘granny flat’ for an elderly relative.
Redesign and remodel
If extending your property is not an option, perhaps asking one of our Oxfordshire architects to look at redesigning your internal layout may be. Often the main problem in older properties is that they are old fashioned in layout, with smaller rooms, particularly those originally designed to have the kitchen at the rear of the property within the servant’s quarters. Nowadays the kitchen is very much the ‘heart of the home’ and we can help to make it that way for you. By removing internal walls, staircases and even windows we can adapt the whole area to comply with modern family life, creating open plan social spaces, live-in kitchens and large family rooms, with the smaller rooms better used as quiet studies or mudrooms.
Gorgeous garden office
Finally, if it is a quiet office space you are particularly craving, why not consider an architecturally designed garden studio away from the hustle and bustle of the family home? A garden office can be eco-friendly, ergonomically designed to either be a modern statement or hidden within the grounds and can provide all the space you require. With all the modern conveniences you would expect, from plumbing to heating, along with architecturally designed features such as glazed walls, picture roof lights and timber cladding, it may end up becoming a space you never want to leave.
If any of these home improvements are sounding tempting, why not contact our Oxfordshire architects to discuss a project of your own. Your dream home doesn’t have to be as far away as you may think.