Monthly Archives: February 2018

Extension Helps to Improve Home Life

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

A client in Buckinghamshire approached us to find out how they could make changes and improvements to their home, and in particular to the staircase which was located within a dark study at the rear of the house. Due to the age of the property there was a very steep and narrow winder stair which was becoming harder to use due to reduced mobility in the client.

The design brief was to create a small extension which was not only sympathetic to the surroundings, but also enabled a straight staircase at the correct pitch to be constructed. Within the design, it was requested to gain as much light as possible, due to the North facing aspect.

We designed a modest 6.5m2 extension which included a level access to the garden by the introduction of a ramp. To maximise the light to the study area, we introduced two Velux conservation grade rooflights. The effect of this has turned a dark area of the house into a bright and welcoming space. The staircase is constructed of oak and has a glass balustrade, again helping to create a sense of space and light. The space beneath the stairs has been turned into useful storage with two sliding drawers and a cupboard.

The external design carefully respects the 19th century rear elevation (the house was originally built as a pub in 1896), using reclaimed roof tiles and bricks to match the existing and window and door details which echo those of the original house.

Our client is thrilled with the result, and would recommend our design services: “Although modest in scale, the alterations have made an enormous difference to our lives. We are very pleased that PCMS Design advised us on how to improve our staircase in such an empathetic way, and we are extremely happy with the outcome, both inside and out.”

 

From Vision to Reality

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

In the ever changing world of technology, architectural CAD software has moved on significantly since the days of the drawing board.

The most current software has revolutionised the way we work. State of the art software forms part of the Building Information Modelling (BIM) system, which allows the sharing of design information between all parties involved in the construction process.

We can work in 2D whilst the software builds the design into a three dimensional (3D) model, giving clients a clearer idea of the design concept.

Here in the office we have gone a step further. By using a 3D printer, we are able to bring to life the 3D model by producing a small scale building model. This gives clients the chance to pick up, turn around and inspect their concept design.

The pictures show how for one client the design concept has become a reality in 3D.

 

Residential Extension Gets Off the Ground

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Work has recently begun on a new part two-storey, part single storey rear extension for a residential client in Buckinghamshire. The aspiration for this 3-bedroom semi-detached dwelling is to create a new first floor master bedroom and a larger open plan kitchen and dining area on the ground floor, which will be achieved by removing an outdated conservatory and replacing it with a modern, light extension.

The homeowners approached us to produce the construction drawings, specification and to administer the process of obtaining and evaluating quotes from suitably qualified local builders.

Materials such as roof tiles and bricks are to match the original dwelling and there will be a zinc roof on the single storey element. Party Wall matters have also been dealt with.

We anticipate that the extension will be completed by the end of May.