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Up & Over House

Location: Arnos Grove

Type: Residential

Stage: Construction

Brief: Wrap Around Extension, Loft Conversion with Rear Dormer Extension, & Refurbishment

This project included a single storey wrap around extension to the rear and side of the existing house, to allow for additional internal accommodation. The extension had to be carefully designed, due to the nature and orientation of the existing dwelling and adjoining properties, so to maximise natural light entering the property. Elements such as context, materiality, height and scale along with impact on adjoining neighbours where carefully considered, to ensure a positive outlook for the clients and adjoining neighbours, along with ensuring the overall design is complimentary to the existing house, remains subordinate and is sensitive to the surroundings. 

Along with the extension at ground floor level, a rear dormer extension was also added to maximise usable floor space in the converted loft. In order to create light filled and comfortable internal spaces, glazing was a key feature to this project. Along with allowing for large sliding doors, windows and rooflights - up and over windows/rooflights were used, which add an element of verticality to design, and increase the sense of space and light internally.

Works are ongoing, and are due to be completed on site in the early summer 2019.


Client Feedback; 'We spoke with a number of architects for our project & having completed the project, I can say we are very happy with our choice of Colin & Niamh (MI Design Studios) & would certainly recommend them.

Particularly in terms of the design stage of things, we found their input invaluable. They came up with a design for both our loft & extension which included things we just never would have thought of on our own. They gave us different options for both parts of the build & were happy to let us steer them based on our preferences.

After the design stage, during submissions for planning approval & subsequently throughout the build, they were always on hand to keep us posted & reply promptly to any queries we had. Compared to most of the other ‘professionals’ we encountered throughout the process, we found that they lived up to this moniker: they were professional & efficient from start to finish.'

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