A tale of two storeys: Transforming a crowded house into a cosy home


A Tale Of Two Storeys: Transforming A Crowded House Into A Cosy Home

Client: The Websters                          Date completed: May 2017

Location: St Helens

What needed to be done:

With three generations of the same family all living under one roof, it was only a matter of time before space became tight. This three-bedroom family home needed transforming to provide some much-needed extra room to accommodate each family member, and to improve accessibility for a wheelchair using relative.

What we did:

The initial chat…

As with all our projects, we began with an informal consultation to assess the presenting problem. Whether it’s meeting in person or talking over the phone, this initial chat helps to identify the challenges faced by our clients and the chance for them to outline what they are looking for. Here we’ll also offer best-practice advice to guide your thinking and suggest a realistic budget.

Following our initial chat with the Websters, we discovered that they required more living space and a shower downstairs, as well as needing to extend a small bedroom and the bathroom on the first floor.

 The survey….

We conducted a site measured survey within one week of the consultation. The survey involved taking detailed measurements of the house in its existing form, and mapping out the position of drains, stairwells, rooms etc to really get to know the layout of the property.

Using the existing floor plans as a base for the extension design, we were able to actively involve the family in planning discussions. We always aim for complete client satisfaction in every case, and with this project, it was of particular importance to ensure that everyone was happy with the proposed layout.

On external viewing, the street scene was very repetitive, which served to emphasise the need to maintain consistency and symmetry in the outside features of the extension.  The houses displayed distinctive dentil courses and brick quoins to house corners, alongside traditional pebble dash render, and it was essential that they were included in the final extension design.

This project also required us to complete two sets of plans; one for the planning application and another for submission to building control. In addition to this, we provided a detailed technical specification for the builder to aid the stages of construction and project management.

Our background in construction engineering, enables us to design each build with easy and efficient construction in mind, and with the aid of a local structural engineer to provide detailed calculations, we can ensure precise architectural design of exceptional quality.


Because of our understanding of the construction industry and our fastidious attention to detail, planning permission for the extension was accepted, and building regulation approval was granted well in advance of the five week limit.

Our responsive way of working allows us to meet the needs of our clients quickly and effectively, much to their delight:

“Matt did all I asked of him as quickly as was possible he was accessible via email and his drawings for the new extension were professional excellent service and would highly recommend.”

Mr Webster

If you are looking to find professional and practical designs that will increase the footprint of your home and add some much-needed space, find out more about our architectural services by contacting a member of our team by calling 0151 321 1986 or emailing matt@fairtech.co.uk.