Refurbishment and Extension Phase 2

Posted 14th April 2020

Existing Front Elevation

Phase 2 of this project is now underway, a major refurbishment, extension and re-roofing of a sea front Edwardian house in Deal.

The key objectives for this development were energy efficiency and air quality – the client wanted a comfortable house which was affordable to run and would be be fitted with mechanical ventilation with heat recovery – just the sort of job we love, unfortunately we did not win the fee tender!

2 years later we were invited to tender for the technical design phase, now that planning permission had been obtained. Regrettably the approved design did not allow enough space for the high levels of roof insulation we wanted or anywhere to put the MVHR unit, it also included a number of complexities that would have made air tightness and thermal bridging a challenge . We therefore made some rationalisation proposals and obtained consent for the revisions, which were tendered to local contractors.

Our client has bravely taken on the challenge of project managing the works, with us providing remote guidance and occasional site visits, they now appreciate how much work goes into contract administration! Works are proceeding well despite the difficulty of obtaining materials during the COVID 19 lockdown, and working safely with social distancing rules strictly in place.

The original Edwardian features had been disguised with render, magic paint, plastic gutters, concrete interlocking roof tiles and plastic windows. Our proposal is to create a traditional frontage that respects the adjacent buildings, and a modern rear elevation, using high levels of thermal insulation and triple glazing, underfloor heating and MVHR.