Planning permission secured for Steading Extension

steading extension design

Planning permission secured for this stylish steading extension

Planning permission secured for this stylish steading extension

Planning permission has now been secured for this styling steading extension in Aberdeenshire, which will add both character and style to this already tasteful property.

The brief was to extend the one bedroom property to provide more living space and two new bedrooms.

Our proposed new East facing, 1.5 storey extension, more than doubles the footprint of the original house. It provides lots of additional light on both floors, a new master bedroom with en-suite and the landing area opens out onto a large glass framed balcony with a fabulous countryside view. There are two new double bedrooms on the first floor and at ground floor level, there’s a new large open plan kitchen/dining/family/games room, which will open out onto a new decked/patio area.

 

Current steading
Proposed design for steading extension

Stylish steading extension design for Aberdeenshire home

steading extension design

Stylish extension design for steading home

Stylish extension design for steading home

All Design is currently working on the design of a steading extension for this home in Aberdeenshire, which will add both character and style to this already tasteful property.

The brief was to extend the one bedroom property to provide more living space and two new bedrooms.

Our proposed new East facing, 1.5 storey extension, more than doubles the footprint of the original house. It provides lots of additional light on both floors, a new master bedroom with en-suite and the landing area opens out onto a large glass framed balcony with a fabulous countryside view. There are two new double bedrooms on the first floor and at ground floor level, there’s a new large open plan kitchen/dining/family/games room ,which will open out onto a new decked/patio area.

 

Current steading
Proposed design for steading extension

The difference between a home extension and a conversion

Home extension or conversion

Over time, home owners can find that their living space becomes squeezed, especially so with growing families. The two possible solutions to this problem will generally be to extend the property, or to convert existing space within the property to make it better fit the needs of the owners.

But which is the better option and what’s the difference between a conversion and an extension? Of course, there is no easy answer to that, as it will always depend upon the unique circumstances of each property. However, there are differences between converting and extending, and understanding these differences may help you decide which is the best option for you.

Loft conversion | All Design Aberdeen
Loft conversion.

Why go for a conversion?

Conversions are all about optimising the existing space within your property. This can mean converting a rarely used storage loft space into a much-needed extra bedroom or a family games room.

Lofts can make for excellent living spaces, with the opportunity to use natural light, and they’ll often provide the best views in the house too. When designed and built to a high technical standard, issues such as rain noise and heat loss will also be addressed.  

Garage conversions are also a great way to enhance your property allowing, for instance, a larger open plan family living space or an extra bedroom.

For properties with a small or gloomy garden, a roof conversion to create terrace space can be a fantastic addition; a perfect spot where home owners can enjoy relaxing and entertaining in the fresh air.

For properties with restricted surrounding space, an extension may be unfeasible and certainly unlikely to get planning permission, therefore a conversion may be the only solution for some. Very often a conversion will require only a building warrant and not planning permission.

Additionally, conversions will generally be less expensive than an extension and will take less time too.

Kitchen extension | All Design Aberdeen
Home extension.

Why opt for an extension?

Where the opportunity exists, extensions may be preferred over a conversion.

An extension will increase the size of your property, therefore you won’t face tricky choices, such as whether to sacrifice your garage for an extra bedroom.  Also, there are properties where conversion opportunities are limited or simply don’t exist.

Extensions offer greater design possibilities and opportunities than conversions. While with a conversion you’re largely working within existing space, with an extension, you can create a living space of a size and style that’s perfect for you.

Home owners can also explore options as to where to extend their property: upwards or outwards? Front, back or side? Maybe even adding an additional floor? The possibilities can be vast!

Not all extensions will require planning permission, but when they do, architectural consultants should be able to guide you through the process as painlessly as possible.

Exploring your options

Conversions and extensions can really enhance your property; providing more and better space, making your property more attractive and, in doing so, increasing its value. The best option for your property will obviously depend primarily upon your needs and the opportunities available. Keep in mind, however, that the best solutions may not be obvious, and a little creative ‘outside the box’ thinking may uncover interesting possibilities!

If you’d like consultation regarding extension and conversion design ideas for your property then please contact us.

 

Kids learn about building design and construction with All Design

Bramble school project

As part of Bramble Brae School’s ‘World of Work Week’, Paul and Audrey Walber from All Design visited the school to deliver a workshop on architectural design and construction.  A presentation was used to discuss architecture, how buildings stand up and explain all the different roles involved at All Design to help make the business a success.
 
The children were then split into groups and individuals were nominated different roles, such as Architectural Designer, Structural Engineer and Straw Boss.  Groups were asked to provide a sketch concept of a straw tower and then tasked with constructing it, using specific materials, all within a strict timescale.  Any changes to the original concept plan had to be thought through and justified.  Each tower had to stand up to a book test.
 
Half way through the build, Straw Bosses (Project Managers) met with the client (Audrey) to discuss progress and difficulties encountered.  They then had to negotiate amendments and timescale, if necessary.  On completion, the groups presented the final tower to the Town Planner (Paul) for ‘sign-off’.
 
The Town Planner measured the towers and asked the groups for justification of any amendments to the original concept designs.  He then assessed each tower and carried out the all-important book test!
 
The project finished with an evaluation and prizes.
 
Paul comments: “It was really great fun and encouraging to see just how seriously the children took their roles and how much they got involved. I was impressed with how they used the information covered in our talk about shapes and buildings and applied it to the task.”
 
“Hopefully the project inspired an interest in architecture and may lead some to consider a future in this exciting industry.”
 

 

Kids learn about architecture | All Design

For more information about All Design’s work with schools please contact us.

 

Thinking of a Home Extension? Here are the Benefits…

When you need more space at home, choosing how to get more space can be a tough decision to make.  Conversions is one option, moving home is another, but if you have the space, a home extension could be worth considering too.

 

Home Extensions Aberdeen

 

There are many benefits - here’s our TOP TEN BENEFITS for extending the home:

 

1.  Save hassle by not having to move home.

2.  A space designed specifically for your needs.

3.  Have extra space to enjoy family time or ‘me time’.

4.  Mitigate the risk of losing value between selling and buying.

5.   Save time – often it is a quicker solution than moving home.

6.   An extension can add value to the property.

7.   Use the opportunity to modernise and remodel your existing home to make better use of space.

8.  Children can keep their existing friends without having to move schools.

9.   Keep the home you’ve always loved.

10.  A beautifully designed and constructed extension will allow you to fall in love with your home all over again!

See also our Top Ten Benefits for Getting a Loft Conversion.

 

Each year, All Design work with tens of clients in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to design and create more space for growing families.  We offer friendly and impartial advice to help our clients get the most out of their home. 

For more information on Home Extensions please contact us directly on info@all-design.co.uk  or call us on 01224 701576.