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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The Garth, Little Aston Park

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The Project

Demolition of a 1960’s house and construction of a Georgian style home with detached coach house, having internal spaces of around 6200 ft2.

The Garth, Little Aston Park conservation area.

The Challenge

248 progress - 3Janes Architectural were approached by the client who wished to take down his existing house, which had become tired and dated having given good service bringing up the children, who in turn had since matured and fled the nest. The intention was to build a larger property in a Georgian style with plenty of space for the family to return and stay along with their own children when they arrived!

The site was secluded, set behind other properties along the road and accessed by a long and wooded driveway. Although large, due to the orientation of the plot there were constraints to consider with regard to proximity to other properties and the many mature trees on and around the site.

The Solution

We pursued the client’s Georgian dream, starting off with a scheme against our advice that was a little too large for the site. This was duly refused and consent granted second time round for a similar design reduced in size with a little help from a firm of Planning Consultants.

248 interior hall - 1The revised design still incorporated all the rooms and features that the client had requested within a perfectly proportioned Georgian exterior. One of the main internal statements being a central helical staircase with a circular galleried landing with sitting area and balcony at first floor level.

The accommodation features a large kitchen, breakfast and sitting area, four further reception rooms with a well proportioned impressive drawing room, and snug lounge doubling up as a cinema room. The first floor houses five en suite bedrooms with a large studio / games room having its own bathroom in the attic. The coach house has parking for three cars together with a garden WC and store room with and internal staircase leading to a further studio / home office above.

248 exterior rear - 6Particular attention was given to the external materials and detailing to ensure that the appearance was true to the symmetry, regularity and proportions of the Ancient Roman derived ideals of the Georgian period.

In a very unfortunate set of circumstances the original client was unexpectedly taken ill during the construction and never fully realised his dream. The incomplete house remained vacant and was eventually sold to a new owner who made a great job of completing the property as intended and to a very high standard, the house is now being enjoyed by himself and his own family!

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