The only way is up: how our roof extension led to planning permission for the whole street

Building an extension is not something that will win you favors with your neighbors. The couple, Louise and Philip Allard, have managed to keep their neighbors in good stead thanks to Philip’s work as a planning consultant. They bought the three-bedroom, one bathroom house in 2006, but didn’t plan to move. Louise, a managing member of Allard Bailey Family Law, says that the house was in a “terrible” condition. “The building was asbestos and the previous occupant had lived there since 1945. We didn’t have the money so we just replastered it and painted it white. “The kitchen, with the stop clock marking the anniversary date
/ Juliet Murphy. When their three sons arrived, they realized that they needed more space so they added a rear extension. It was stressful to manage the construction. After a two-week stay at Philip’s parents’ house in Hertfordshire, it turned into four months of driving while the project’s cost ballooned. They managed to create five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a larger kitchen. Louise says that they had “maxed out” the space. As the boys grew up, the home felt cramped once more. After having had to endure one extension, they were not thrilled about the prospect of another. However, with rising house prices and stamp duty to consider, the couple decided that spending?125,000 on their current home to expand and improve it was the best financial decision without having to leave N19. The boys, now aged 10, 12, and 14, could stay close to their schools.
Juliet Murphy The skylight brings natural light down the stairs to a home office space on the top floor landing.
Juliet Murphy / Jenny The good thing about having a third party is that they can bring down the bad news. They can come to me and say, “I don’t like what they are doing,” and I can whip the whip without any awkwardness. “The couple were impressed. Louise says that Jenny managed to keep the entire project within budget. She would solve any problems that arose. She was a hardcore. She was a hardcore.
Juliet Murphy / The project was completed in December 2019, and the Allards were allowed to move into their bedroom on Christmas Eve 2019. Both sides of the family came to stay for Christmas, and they were grateful for the extra space. They were especially grateful for the home office. Louise says, “Before that, if you had the odd job working from home, you’d just sit at your kitchen table.” “Then, the world changed. Jenny’s office space was a lifesaver. The living room
Juliet Murphy / All that time spent at home gave them a greater appreciation for the time Philip had spent designing the interiors. He says that his Danish mother is Danish and that he loves Danish architecture and furniture. The bed’s scalloped headboard was covered in Kvadrat’s bright red fabric. The mattress lifts up so that the family’s suitcases can be stored underneath. Louise says that people mistakenly believe that strong views are often held by women. “But Phil pretty much picked everything. He’s got exceptional taste and that works for me. “Jenny also helped them use the extension to tie the rest the house together. Jai Brodie was a joiner who created more storage in the communal areas and cladding in kitchen and stairwell. A Danish flag from the Allards’ grandma’s holiday cabin.
/ Juliet Murphy “Bringing in a specialist craftman was a bit more expensive, but it’s finally given me the finishes I want,” says Louise. “Everything is practical, durable, and looks great. “As a finishing touch to the bedroom, the couple selected a piece from a local artist. It is personalized with a map of Brittany, France where they spent 10 summers.
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The interiors also include a Danish flag hanging in one of their sons’ rooms, which was taken from his grandmother’s holiday home in Denmark. Also, a stop clock was moved to display the date and time of the Allards wedding. She says, “I don’t know if it’s too cheesy.” “But we are known for forgetting our anniversary. “Now that the house is complete, they can relax almost. Louise says, “The next project will be turning the spare bedroom into my own, slightly girly office.” “I will be working from home and living with my four boys. This will be my last and final project.