HARBORNE Internal remodel and rear extension


North Road

Larger Home Extension

Our client downsized to a 1960s house on the outskirts of Harborne High street. Wishing to make changes for the long term future, he wanted the property to adapt to his requirements for day to day living.  

As part of the the new Permitted Development changes that came in to force May 2013, we completed a Larger Home Extension application for the proposals, to meet his needs.

CONSTRUCTION kitchen and family room 

CONSTRUCTION Kitchen layout with extension 

Changing the house to fit his lifestyle, we created an open plan living arrangement downstairs which would accommodate his requirements, including library, snug and kitchen/living accommodation. 

The layout maximises space and allows it to change as he uses this for different functions, from a large family gathering to the more intimate living arrangements one requires for day to day living. 

Initially we created several designs for him to decide which layout would be most suitable.  Seen below. 


After the layout was agreed, the Larger Homes Extension application was soon approved, with the final internal layout as below.

Reconfigured internal house layout

To the rear of the property, a large open plan layout  incorporates  Galley kitchen with island, Family / Living room and Snug, leading to the Study / Library to the front of the property.  

The open arrangement allows for the light to penetrate into the deep plan of the building, by use of roof lights in the dual pitched roof, large concertina glazed doors, angled high level glazing, roof-lights, and feature ribbon window to the Kitchen.  

The light penetration allows for the living space to have natural daylight throughout the day, and ensures that the snug does not suffer from being an internal space without immediate natural light. 

The open plan living arrangement also allows for the space to adapt to the changing requirements of the client, with all the ground level being accessible


Following a building regulation application, building work has now commenced on site, which will finish spring 2014.  

The Gallery above shows the as existing and as proposed drawings for the single storey rear extension along with a section of the proposed layout. 

Long rear street scene North Road .jpg


The building work is projected to last 3 months for the proposed single storey extension and internal remodel, which is now almost complete.  Below are pictures of the building work in progress. 


Project details 

Status: Construction 
Services: Concept Design, Full Planning Applictaion, Building Regulations
Project Type: Domestic House Extension
Area: 23sqm single storey extension 33sqm internal alterations 
Contract Value: £46,000
Planning Authority: Birmingham City Council 
Considerations: Light, Sustainability, Adaptation for accessibility and future needs 

Project Team 

Architect : MAINWOOD architects 
Structural Engineer : Synergy Building Design
Contractor : All Seasons Building

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Posted on December 14, 2013 .