Extension + Refurbishment
Location Bridge, near Canterbury, Kent
Client Private Client
‘Woodlands’ is a detached house set within a cul-de-sac of 15 detached properties in the village of Bridge, near Canterbury. The property was originally constructed circa 1950, in a neo-arts and craft style, a trend popular in the late 19th and 20th centuries. To the rear is a large garden containing private woodland.
The owner had recently purchased the property with planning permission already in place for a two-storey rear extension when she approached PBA to create a new proposal to better suit her own needs. The new design needed to resonate with the existing house and surrounding properties, whilst adding an element of modernity.
PBA fulfilled the brief by producing a design which enhanced the ‘arts and crafts’ character of the property, with features such as the large sweeping roof and low eaves. Alongside this, we incorporated a contemporary style through the addition of a spacious kitchen/diner/breakfast area which included a gable window in the breakfast room to create a sense of connectivity to the rural setting.
The client was involved throughout the entire design process to ensure it met her needs. Once the design was finalised, PBA gained planning permission for the works before completing a more comprehensive set of construction drawing and specification. PBA then contract administered the project on site through to completion.
“Philip [at PBA] listened to everything I asked for and delivered, putting forward some great ideas. Not only is Philip a good architect, he is very likeable and easy to deal with. I have found him to be honest and well intentioned with my interests always first. Philip did a masterful job as my Project Manager and I would not hesitate to recommend him.”