Terry and Carole saw the potential when they bought this tired bungalow on a popular street. The property was situated on a large plot with a huge rear garden and partial sea views. The ground floor was a labyrinth of tight corridors and dark rooms. The loft had been converted but headroom was low and the space could only be used for storage. The couple wanted to reconfigure downstairs and add a bedroom with ensuite upstairs too. A surveyor was appointed but his design did not provide the space that was hoped for. Proposed changes to the exterior of the house were also poorly conceived. A planning application was submitted but it was not received favourably.

We recommended that the whole design was revisited rather than seeking a quick fix. Once this approach had been agreed we contacted the planning case officer to withdrawn the original application before it was refused permission. We agreed design principles so that our new application would be received more favourably.

Working with Terry and Carole we were able to agree a design that met all of their original requirements whilst incorporating other improvements. Downstairs a spectacular entrance space was created, accessing sea views not visible with the old design. The accommodation upstairs was greatly improved and still retained the rear balcony they had hoped for. With planning permission secured the construction work has started. Terry & Carole wait with excitement to move into their new forever home.

The new design eliminated the planners biggest concerns; the awkward shape of the roof and the negative impact that the rear balcony could have on neighbours privacy. The shape of the roof was simplified and a spacious master suite was added upstairs. The balcony was reduced in size, screen walls were added and the roof verge was extended to provide further privacy. The staircase was relocated and a large expanse of glass was added to the frontage adding kerb appeal.

Jon was a breath of fresh air. He listened to what we were trying to achieve, made the whole design process simple, and produced excellent drawings. We would like to thank Jon for his hard-working ethic, professionalism, and integrity throughout the design process and would recommend Jon Clayton to anyone who is looking for a building design.

Terry Rogers

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