Wyvern Road, Four Oaks

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The Project

Alterations and extensions to an existing bungalow.

Wyvern Road, Four Oaks.

The Challenge

The clients acquired a dated dormer bungalow with the intention of extending and also modernising the internal layout prior to moving in. A more open plan and contemporary layout was preferred, with a larger kitchen and also a garden room adjoining the Living room. With the exception of the garden room, the works were to be carried out within the existing building envelope and utilising the attic space where possible.

The Solution

296 completed drawing - 12A scheme was produced to reorganise the interior spaces and take out several walls to give the property a more open feel and improved internal circulation. The original dining room was opened out to make a ‘dining hall’ space providing access to the kitchen and living room, this helped to minimise the circulation spaces, which in turn freed up other areas to make a much larger kitchen and utility. Elsewhere on the ground floor, two bedrooms, and a separate WC and bathroom were reorganised to make a master bedroom with En Suite and a study / bedroom.

296 completed orangery - 11For the Garden room, an Orangery style enclosure was designed with openings on two walls and an octagonal roof-light to provide a well-insulated and light space with views and access to the garden that could be used year round. The orangery was fully open to the living room providing a large entertaining space and adding to the open feel of the property.

296 completed bath - 21At first floor level the large attic space was underutilised and contained only one small bathroom. Half of the available space was converted to create a larger bedroom with dressing area, a larger gallery landing with natural light and a spacious luxury bathroom.

The works included a complete interior re-fit of plumbing, electrics and all finishes as well as re landscaping the front and rear gardens. The overall result was a new lease of life to the bungalow providing a stylish and contemporary home exactly to the client’s requirements.

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Briarwood Manor, Four Oaks Park

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The Project

Alterations and extensions to an impressive Arts & Crafts house original built in the early 1900’s located within the Four Oaks Park conservation area.

Briarwood Manor, Four Oaks Park Conservation Area.

The Challenge

289 survey - 6The client had recently acquired the property, which in areas had been subject to prior extension and alteration works that were not in keeping with the quality of the original house, and were also looking dated and tired. The kitchen in particular had been in-filled with reclaimed brickwork and a lowered ceiling to make a ‘cottage style’ affair that was rather dark and pokey. To the side of the kitchen was a garage and behind that a dilapidated part timber built extension housing various store rooms and a small utility. The house being set in expansive and well laid out grounds was also lacking connectivity with the garden particularly from the kitchen area.

289 progress drive - 11In addition at some time in the past a portion of the plot, which also contained the impressive stone vehicular entrance serving the original house had been sold off for development, and the house was currently accessed from the side via a road serving other properties and not from its own road frontage.

The Solution

289 as built orangery - 1Following a detailed survey, a scheme was produced to remove the old kitchen and expose the original walls and ceiling along with further structural alteration to maximise the available space. To provide improved views over the rear gardens and better access to it, a large octagonal ended Orangery was designed featuring a main sitting area and an adjoining TV room with work-space and storage. Along with this the old timber framed extension was taken down and replaced with a new utility, boiler house and garden toilet. Access was also provided to the garage roof space which was converted into a playroom / cinema room.

289 progress drive - 12With regard to the new vehicular access we secured consent to enlarge an original pedestrian gated access and designed a new gated sweeping driveway leading to a circular turning and parking area centred on the front door complete with central ‘Eaton’ style fountain. This also linked to the current side access that was retained as a service access point. As part of these works the rather overgrown frontage was re landscaped and set out with new planting and lighting to create a more fitting entrance and approach to this fine house.

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Culross House, Four Oaks Park

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The Project:

Alterations and extensions to an impressive Arts & Crafts house original built in the early 1900’s.

Culross House, Four Oaks Park Conservation Area.

The Challenge

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To the North side of the existing house there was a small double garage only really suitable for one vehicle with a workshop behind and a small courtyard to the front, the garage was separated from the main house by a further small courtyard. The client wished to create garaging for up to four vehicles, provide a snooker room and also a self-contained annex. The extension was to blend seamlessly with the existing house and the raised terrace to the rear of the property.


The Solution

299 exterior rear - 3A scheme was produced to take down the existing garage and workshop and to build a new four-car garage (2 wide x 2 deep) along the same line but extending forward using the old courtyard space. To the rear of the garage we located a lobby and staircase providing access to a self-contained annex within the roof void, and behind that a large orangery to house the snooker table and with elevated views over the grounds. In order to connect the new accommodation with the house, the internal yard was covered with a glazed roof and wall so as not to inhibit natural light into the existing window openings, and a new ‘trades’ entrance formed where the old boiler house had been located.


299 exterior deck - 4Externally there were significant works to form a stepped terrace with the lower section housing a sunken spa pool, the walls were formed in concrete block-work and then clad in a reproduction dry stone walling solution to provide a near match the original walling to the rear of the property, and terrace clad in reclaimed york stone flags.

Roof tiles and bricks from the demolished buildings were salvaged and re used on the principle exposed elevations, with further bricks being made to match the originals. The works were carefully designed and detailed so as to provide the required seamless integration with the original property.

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Knowles Drive, Four Oaks Park

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The Project

Major alterations and extensions to an existing detached Georgian Styled house including a fresh new appearance.

Knowles Drive, Four Oaks Park Conservation Area.

The Challenge

The clients decided that they would extend and refurbish their existing 1970’s Neo Georgian style property that was starting to look externally dated and tired.

The existing property was typical of the era with a very low pitch concrete tiled roof, single glazed windows with fixed shutters, and fibreglass imitation columns. Having previously been extended and altered the accommodation comprised a kitchen diner with narrow conservatory, drawing room, family room, utility and small double garage. With four bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor in the original format.

With some of the rooms already having been fitted out to a high standard the brief was to incorporate these areas into the new extended design rather than have to fully re-fit all areas. Externally the property was to be kept in its current style but given a refreshed look more true to the Georgian ideals and using high quality materials.

The Solution

301 exterior - 4The old narrow conservatory was replaced with a spacious orangery to provide a garden room living space within the combined kitchen / dining area, the garage and utility were re-built to a larger size also providing a structure to build an extended first floor upon. The old internal staircase was taken out the hall and landing enlarged to accept a new feature curved mahogany staircase leading to an open porch area and a large galleried landing with reading area above. At first floor level a new master suite with dressing area and en suite bathroom was built over the garage and utility, and the remaining bedrooms were altered to suit the new layout with a further en suite bathroom provided.

To the exterior the low pitched roof was removed and replaced with a higher pitched roof clad in hand finished clay tiles, the wide a shallow windows were replaced with tall and narrow high specification sash windows with a narrow glazing bar more in-keeping with Georgian proportions. To provide detail, stone quoins were added to the external corners with stone sills and heads to the window openings along with part re rendering to bring the new and original parts together and complete the look.

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New Road, Shenstone

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The Project

Major alterations and extensions to an existing 1930’s semi-detached property.

New Road, Shenstone, Staffordshire.

The Challenge

317 exg rear - 9The clients were looking for a family home in the desirable village of Shenstone and came across the property, which was smaller than required and in need of modernisation having been owned from new by the previous occupant! The property however was in a good location and had a sizable South West facing garden.

The existing accommodation was traditional ‘three up two down’ complete with lean to side garage, coal shed and outside toilet!

317 completed kitchen - 14The brief was to maximise the potential of the house whilst keeping the appearance and scale in-keeping with the adjoining conservation area and to provide easy access and connectivity with the rear garden via a new kitchen / dining space.

The Solution

A scheme was produced to take down the current lean to garage and outbuildings, and then re-build with a new garage, utility and kitchen.

317 progress - 27The existing kitchen was very small so in order to expand upon it the rear corner of the house was removed at ground floor level and walls above supported with steel, this enabled a space to be created which was over four times the size of the original but did not compromise the existing rear bay window to the adjoining room. In order to provide both light and connectivity with the garden a contemporary enclosure was employed with sliding folding doors to the rear and a matching fixed glazed panel to the side, to expand on the potential of this space a raised hardwood deck was specified flush with the kitchen floor which provides a significant relaxing and entertaining space and also links to provide access to the existing dining room bay.

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The ground floor extensions provided space to add a fourth bedroom and new family bathroom at first floor level with the original bathroom becoming an en suite wet room for the master bedroom. The remainder of the property was stripped to the structural shell and re-roofed, wired, plumbed and floored with new joinery and finishes throughout providing modern accommodation and a new lease of life for the house.

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Barker Road, Four Oaks

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The Project

Major alterations and extensions to an existing detached dormer bungalow including a fresh new appearance.

Barker Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield.

The Challenge

318 existing front - 2The clients acquired the bungalow having seen great potential for altering and expanding upon its existing limited accommodation, the property being situated on a desirable road and having spacious plot with South facing rear aspect.

The existing accommodation comprised an ample sized living room, small separate dining room, small kitchen, utility, compact study and the master bedroom with En suite bathroom on the ground floor, with two small bedrooms and a further bathroom on the first floor along with under-utilised attic space. There was also an attached double garage to the side with no internal access from the property.

318 interior kitchen - 22The brief was to utilise the whole of the ground floor for the garage kitchen and reception rooms incorporating a separate combined lounge / cinema room and a large work space / studio, with two bedroom suites plus a further two bedrooms sharing one bathroom on the first floor. In addition the exterior of the property was to be given a new Edwardian style appearance.

The Solution

A scheme was produced to alter and extend the ground floor accommodation with the old utility, kitchen and dining room knocked through to create a large kitchen / dining room complete with contemporary log burning fire. The old bedroom suite and small study were rearranged to form the new lounge / cinema room and a larger study with curved glazed wall to the hall. A studio was added to the rear of the existing garage with access to both the living room and garage.

318 interior bed 1 - 08At first floor level new space was created above the garage and studio to house a spacious master suite, the existing roof to the front wing was taken down and re built to a higher level and incorporating an over-sailing gable to house the second suite. The existing rooms and loft space were altered to provide a new landing and re worked third and fourth bedroom and bathroom.

The wings containing the two bedroom suites were constructed so as to utilise the full roof void to provide both light and airy spaces, with a Juliet balcony and additional glazing to the rear facing master suite providing views over the garden.

318 interior bed 2 - 18Externally the new and existing roofs were clad in clay plain tiles incorporating decorative tile hanging details to the gables. The boxy 1960’s dormer windows were swapped for smaller and more characterful gable ended units with roof-lights added to provide further light where required. The walls were re-rendered to match and provide consistency with the new and old parts of the building, also incorporating tile creasing detailing, and to complete the look new timber framed white painted windows and external doors were fitted throughout.

The works incorporated a full re-plumb and re-wire with data and audio network, new plastering, flooring, joinery, doors and ironmongery to provide ‘new home’ feel and functionality.

Clients view

318 interior bath 1 - 11“We engaged Janes Architectural to look at our ideas and redesign the whole building. Simon is very good at listening to what you want and capturing it in the design. The initial drawings were very impressive with excellent design ideas and solutions to difficult areas. The final drawings were very detailed and of a high standard which saves time with the planners and builders. Simon led us through the planning approval process and employing a builder. He was always very helpful through out the build when there were many decisions to be made.

We are all very pleased with the end result. The room proportions, light and design are all excellent, and you can’t tell were the old house meets the new. Janes Architectural created a lovely family home, which meets all our needs and more, and we would have no hesitation in recommending them.”

– Julie and Rob McPheely

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Bracebridge Road, Four Oaks Park

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The Project

Major alterations and extensions to an existing detached bungalow involving near complete demolition.

Bracebridge Road, Four Oaks Park Conservation Area.

The Challenge

259 exg front - 1The clients acquired the bungalow with the intention of carrying out its extension and modernisation, the property being sited on a pleasant plot with an attractive mature south-facing garden. The existing property was of simplistic design with three bedrooms, two bathrooms a lounge / dining room, small kitchen, study, utility and a large hardwood conservatory. The existing footprint was already to the full available site width and sited quite close to the front boundary with no scope extending forward.

259 progress - 1The brief was to utilise the whole of the ground floor for the garage kitchen and reception rooms and to house four decent sized bedrooms with three bathrooms within new space to be created at first floor level. The conservatory was to be retained and refurbished as it was of sound construction. The simple rendered appearance with neo Georgian windows and a concrete tiled low pitched roof was to be replaced with that of an early 1900’s Arts & Crafts cottage with traditional hand made materials and detailing.

To top it off the clients had taken the whole project on as a self managed self-build project!

The Solution

259 interior stairs - 11A scheme was produced to re work the ground floor accommodation to provide a new breakfast kitchen area opening up to the conservatory via sliding folding doors, the existing living room was retained but with new minster style open fireplace and chimney also providing an open fire for a log burner within the kitchen. The three bedrooms were knocked out and the space utilised for a dining room, cloakroom, drawing room and larger open hall to house a new helical oak staircase to access the first floor accommodation.

The existing low pitched trussed roof was removed and replaced with a traditional cut timber roof to a higher pitch with a new gable to the front and rear facing dormer windows to create further bedroom space. Four characterful bedrooms were sited within the new roof along with 3 bathrooms and an impressive galleried landing.

259 exterior detail - 22Externally the Arts & Crafts look was achieved with a mix on hand made clay roof tiles, tile hung gables, a painted rough cast rendered wall covering with contrasting red sandstone detailing, oak doors and window sub frames with steel casement windows.

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The front elevation features a two-storey oak framed bay window supporting an over-sailing gable roof, and to the opposing rear gable there is a wide cantilevered bay on gallows brackets.

As can be seen from the photos, during the early stages of the build once the roof had been removed and the internal walls which were no longer required, the conservatory was one of the few elements of the structure left standing. A ‘what have I done’ moment for the client! As the property was re assembled worries were allayed and with careful selection of materials and attention to detail the new home came together wonderfully.

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Hartopp Road, Four Oaks Park

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The Project

Extension, internal re-modeling and external face-lift of an existing 1960’s detached house.

Hartopp Road, Four Oaks Park Conservation Area.

The Challenge

312 Exg front - 3The clients acquired the property with the intention of carrying out its extension and modernisation. The house had limited, dated and compromised accommodation comprising four bedrooms, one having en suite and a separate bathroom and WC. On the ground floor the drawing and dining rooms were of good proportion, but the kitchen was small with many adjoining cupboards and store rooms taking up potentially useful space. There was also a prior two storey extension to the side to create a small study with the en suite bathroom above.

312 interior kitchen 0006The brief was to create a large family kitchen adjoining both the dining room and a new utility room, enlarge the study to make home office space for two. Provide five bedrooms on the first floor, three with en suite bathrooms, a separate family bathroom and a games / cinema room in the loft. In addition the dated and plain 1960’s appearance was to be replaced with an early 1900’s traditional look with new windows and external materials throughout.

The Solution

312 interior orangery 0009A scheme was produced comprising small extensions to each side and to the front gable, a new orangery garden room to provide light and airy living space adjoining the kitchen and overlooking the garden, also the reworking of the roof structure to enhance the appearance and to create the additional loft space required.

Externally the new roof was re clad in plain clay tiles with new soffit and fascia, the majority of the residual existing brickwork was clad in traditional rough cast render, a new brick was used for the front and rear extensions to provide contrast, and new white painted timber framed windows were specified with brick and tile detailing to the openings. The replacement front gable was given a ‘statement’ brickwork splayed bay window at first floor level supported by stone columns to either side of the new recessed front door. The driveway and rear terrace was also re planned to provide additional turning / parking space and better connection of the house with the rear grounds.

312 exterior rear 0003The internal accommodation was extensively re worked in layout to provide all of the required accommodation and the property was completely re-wired, plumbed, plastered, fitted out and finished to provide a completely ‘New Home’ feel.

The clients were delighted with the result and increase in value added to the property!

Clients View

“In 2004 we purchased 35 Hartopp Road. It was a house that was in need of a drastic overhaul. We were keen to get an architect who had flair, a sense of creativity, and the ability to translate our ideas and concepts into something that looked stunning both inside and outside, in short, a unique and personalised property.

312 interior stairs 0005Trudy Yates of Trudy Interior Design recommended Simon to us as a result of her work, which took her into a number of his creations both on the Four Oaks Estate and Little Aston Park. We had to wait a couple of years due to the high demands for Simon’s service but it was well worth the wait.

Simon’s personal attention to detail was first class and his ability to put us at the heart of the process and guide us positively and confidently through each stage, made us feel that we were part of a real partnership.

The final product was a stunning, bespoke, elegant and stylishly home with an arts and craft feel to it. We are thrilled with the outcome and the additional value that has been added to what was a sad dilapidated property.

We can recommend Simon’s work without reservation. He is a first rate architect who relishes the challenge of interpreting a client’s brief and requirements and creating something which will be memorable and special for them.”

– Ken & Lorna Morris

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