4mation were approached to convert the vacant first and second floors above a retail unit into 3 luxury apartments with parking and a high specification that would attract a buyer to want to live in the centre of the village, close to bars and shops and within easy commute of other cities.
By extending above the first floor to the rear and forming an external glass enclosed staircase enabled 4mation to make use of all the space available to create stylish and contemporary two and three bedroom apartments.
The project took approximately 12 months to carry out the works and was completed in April 2014.
The client is extremely happy with the outcome of the project to the extent that they appointed 4mation to carry out extensive work on their own property.
The brief was for a 5 bed, 3000sqft contemporary dwelling :
1. Form / orientation was derived from site topography / location, maximising natural day lighting and solar heat gain.
2. Elevations finished with a white natural textured render to give a lightweight appearance, blending into the landscape.
3. Landscape was integral to design w/ decking continuing into the dwelling to diminish the boundary between inside an out.
4. As well as using the sites topography as part of the design, minimizing site work, and maximizing opportunities to benefit from natural day lighting and solar heat gain it is proposed the design will also incorporate sustainable systems such as rain water harvesting and ground source heat pumps to further reduce the buildings energy consumption.
The proposal has achieved planning permission and is awaiting to progress further.
The client is a builder by trade and we work together on other projects for other clients.
In this instance the builder has become the client and purchased this 2 bedroomed detached property through sealed bids and is currently remodelling/extending to create a 4 bedroom open plan kitchen/living area dwelling, utilising all the space available and still in keeping with the traditional look and feel of the original property without affecting the garden.
This project should be completed by October 2014 with more photographs to follow.
The client’s brief was to extend the existing dwelling to create a larger more flexible space and to give the building a ‘face lift’ modernising the property whilst respecting the character of the building and its surroundings.
As part of the design process we developed 3D models to inform the final design, which was completed September 2011.
The client was extremely happy with the outcome of the project, which has added to the enjoyment of their home and increased the property value.
This site was originally bought by our client through auction having had the basement and retaining walls already constructed by the previous builder who unfortunately ran out of money.
Lots of investigation took place to establish that what had been constructed is to a standard that the selected builder could continue with.
4mation were appointed to produce building Regulation drawings, remove planning conditions and supervise the works on site.
The property took 12 months to construct and was completed in 2012.
This was a very small site with steep embankments either side of the land, used to be part of the garden to the dwelling next door.
4mation were appointed following planning permission to produce and obtain Building Regulation approval and supervise the project on site.
This project took 18 months due to issues with Highways and was completed in 2013.
Our client had recently tried to obtain planning approval to demolish this detached dwelling and rebuild a larger, more energy efficient dwelling, unfortunately with certain planning policies to adhere too, too many hurdles to jump and the presence of Crested Newts (protected species) within the boundary of the site, the planning application was refused.
We were appointed to bring the dwelling into this current century by extending to create a open plan dining/kitchen, ground floor wc, make better use of the internal space (small rooms), not to mention the substantial repairs the dwelling required to make it habitable for our client to rent out. The dwelling was completely rendered giving it a whole new look.
We dealt with the tender process and appointed a contractor to carry out the works, all of which was carried out on time and to a very high standard. Our client was impressed and very happy with the work from start to finish.
Our client owned a property in Poynton, which was a bit run down, not very energy efficient and its layout was constraining. However they loved the location so they decided to knock down a rebuild the dwelling how they wanted it.
The property is in a green belt and planning policies were constrained but by working with the client and the local authority we came up with a design that would achieve planning permission and fulfilled the clients desires.
The client wanted a high rating on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) at the end of the project to minimize running costs on this 4 bed property and to fall in line with future house trends. Renweable technologies were employed along with 4mation architecture’s vast technological experience and knowledge of working details to achieve this requirement.
Our client wanted to create a visually stunning addition to their house. The existing traditional kitchen is extended and replaced with open plan space. Contract value circa £55k.
The flat roof is wrapped upwards to form a balcony to the bedroom above.
The frameless glazing not only allows direct access from the roof into the garden, but also unobstructed views between the two areas.
Our client appointed us to design a 6000ft2 dwelling on two floors with a swimming pool/gym on land surrounded by the green belt with open views overlooking the countryside. Contract value circa £650k.
As the new dwelling was within the greenbelt, we had to justify the reasons why we thought this new build was appropriate and the impact on the greenbelt would not be affected.
To achieve this, we produced 3D images with a full 360 degree walk-around so the planning department and client got a full understanding of the way the building worked and looked.
This dwelling was given approval that once it was constructed, the original dwelling would be demolished.
Our client wanted more space within their home but did not want to move or lose any garden space.
So we took a European approach and added an additional storey to the house. The shape of the existing bungalow lent itself to having it’s roof extended and by using a dormer window on the front elevation we were able to minimize the visual impact from the road, which allowed us to achieve planning permission.
The client was very happy with the outcome gaining all the space he wanted and retaining his garden space with a seamless vertical extension. Contract value circa £75k.
The client wished to do several large extensions to their dwelling to develop the property into a size, which there is a gap in the market for in the area.
We developed a design which unified the appearance of the building, which had become confused over the years with several haphazard extensions, whilst respecting the local area and the neighbouring listed building. We also connected it to an outbuilding within the site to maximise the space increase.
To get the project through the planning stages we developed 3D models of the property and the surrounding area to show how the building would fit into its local environment. We also used computer modelling to map out sun paths to prove the extensions would not over shadow any neighbouring properties.
Client wished to extend, modify and enhance the appearance of their home and make full use of the space available.
We developed a scheme to suit their needs incorporating a glazed entrance feature and sun tubes to brighten up their home. As part of the design process we produced 3D models and created photomontages of the proposal to give the client a true impression of what the building would look like.
Client’s brief was to extend over the garage, form new study & porch to the front & increase the size of the kitchen at the rear, together with internal alterations. With our experience and expertise we were able to design a proposal, which the client was happy with and we were able to achieve planning permission with.
This project is now complete & the client is very pleased with the end result.
Our client saw an opportunity to use part of his garden to the side of his end terrace to create a new dwelling and asked 4mation architecture to develop an idea of what was possible.
The building is within one of Stockport’s conservation areas so the design had to respect the neighboring properties. In terms of form we simply ‘extruded’ the terrace but to finish it we decided to render the new dwelling with a cream colour to reflect the neighboring stone properties.
The local planning authority and conservation officer agreed this was an appropriate way to proceed and granted planning permission and conservation area consent. The project was then taken through the building regulation and construction stages.
The new dwelling is now complete and took approx 11 months to complete. Contract value circa £100k.