It’s a privilege to work with clients to realise the dreams they have for their homes. This project was extra special as it was architect-designed by the homeowners themselves. The finish is superb and beautifully landscaped to truly show off the craftsmanship involved. The owner/architect had a complete vision of the finish and all the details were well thought out making for a smooth working relationship. This semi-d has fully realised it’s potential with a ground floor wrap-around extension comprising open plan kitchen/dining/living plus utility, hall and office space in the hard working back ground. The front sitting room is now all grown up and a warm, peaceful place to relax. While once again we were met with wet, soft ground and a steep drop to the rear, we were able to work with the solution of a reinforced raft foundation and the balau deck and landscaping are inspired. Glazing is an important feature in most modern projects but here it is impressive. Our clients engaged Rationel to include an alu-clad 2 panel slider and picture window. Custom rooflight is by Cubo highlighting the new kitchen by Kitchen World and Consetina stone worktop. A special touch was using birch ply for the hall walls but with the purpose of displaying the homeowner’s hand-made collection of bespoke instruments. Some further design elements to mention include: cedar cladding; window seat and railing to tie-in cladding & decking; recessed, plaster-in down lights; exposed, painted steel beam; under-floor heating to the extension; engineered oak flooring throughout; sunken, open-plan living; an inset, corner, bio-fuel stove.
When it came time for a contemporary update to their home, our clients chose to upgrade the heating and electrics as well. A wise choice and the energy savings will pay dividends. In this instance they took it to the next level with smart integrated systems for lighting operation, zoned heating controls as well as monitoring new security cameras, installed for their safety and peace of mind. Sometimes simply relocating a doorway can make all the difference and the entrance to this home has had the full treatment with the living room door moved down the hall and a beautiful new bannister to the stairs. But it’s the new under-stairs storage working hard to improve practicalities in this space. The stylish oak handrail creates a beautiful feature, set off by the fresh finish painting of the replaced newel post, bannister, skirt, architrave and doors. This home has been given a modern makeover with fresh plaster work to remove stippled ceilings and old wallpaper. Now decorated in clean tones throughout. While installing gas for a new fire, all the radiators were replaced and a new Vogue gas condensing boiler was installed in the attic enabling the hot press to be removed from the 1st floor landing. We renovated the bathroom, incorporating this extra space vacated by the hot press and relocating the door for clearer access. This makes for a fresh space for a relaxing bath and a walk in shower separate, all tiled to the ceiling. A clever addition downstairs is the slim line Sara towel rail by Niko.
Each enquiry is different but 9 times out of 10, the first question we ask is: Do you have a drawing & some details of the works for us to price? In the absence of drawings & specifications it is difficult to give you an idea of price. Worse still, when comparing between builders, prices can differ greatly if not priced off the same plan/spec. Better to have a clear plan in place and something to present to builders for pricing, to ensure you are comparing like with like. For clarity and to set you in the right direction, we would suggest you start with getting scaled drawings prepared by an architect or designer and working through ideas. Our experience has shown, this gives clients greater confidence in the whole process, not just at the pricing stage.
Sycamore Construction are proud to launch our new branding. We are indebted to Bad Apple Creative and their design expertise and branding management. Our thanks to Andrew Woodcock for the flash photos too. We hope you enjoy the new look.