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Case Study: Cardiff Residential Extension

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Architect: Richard Andrews Architects, project overseen by Associate Lewis Shaw

Works Undertaken: Feasibility and planning, detailed design and tender plus contract and project overseeing.

Client: Private Domestic Client

Cost of Work: £100,000+

Contactors: TLC Building Services 

 

The Brief:

To create a contemporary single story rear extension, with enough room to accommodate a kitchen, dining space and family area. Also to add a side extension to make room for an office and library space.

Unique Design Features – Once finished the exterior to the property showcases a beautiful white render contrasted against timber cladding. A wrap around window on the corner of the office side extension enhance natural light. Crittall style doors frame the view from kitchen to garden and allow a smooth transition from inside to out and the addition of skylights and high placed windows spanning the width of the extension bring a bright and airy family space.

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Our clients contracted TLC Building Services to complete the work with ourselves overseeing the contract administration and project management. 

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Exterior Details, work in progress Cardiff Residential Extension

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Side view Cardiff Residential Extension

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exterior Details Cardiff Residential Extension

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Office Interior Cardiff Residential Extension

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Interior Details Cardiff Residential Extension

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Interior Cardiff Residential Extension

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Sky Light details Cardiff Residential Extension

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Kitchen Interior Cardiff Residential Extension

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There is still a tiny bit more work to do before the propery is complete (namely applying the crisp white exterior.) However already we can see what an improvement the new living space has made for our clients. If you're thinking of embarking on a similar project, we'd love to get involved. Contact the team on 01633 744144 or email admin@ra-architects.co.uk.

 

 

Case Study – Cwmbran Village Surgery

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Architect: Richard Andrews Architects, project overseen by Associate Lewis Shaw.

Works undertaken – Feasibility and planning, detailed design and tender plus contract and project overseeing.

Client: Practice Owners of Cwmbran Village Surgery, partly funded by Aneurin Bevan Health Board

Cost of Work: £450,000+

Contractors: White Brothers & Speed

 

THE BRIEF

The practice owners contacted us to help resolve several design challenges for their surgery, which opened 25 years prior and was long overdue an update. We quickly established that the surgery's main challenge was that the building was too small for the amount of patients registered – with a poor internal layout and a lack of consulting and treatment rooms. We proposed a single front extension to expand the reception and administration spaces, with a second two storey extension housing consulting rooms to the side. The heart of the design stemmed from creating a centralised waiting room with the treatment and consulting rooms arranged in wings to improve the patient flow around the building. An installation of a lift to the upstairs floor rendered the practice compliable with the Disability Acts Standards, whilst we improved patient experience through light, modern and airy rooms.

 

BEFORE

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The 3D Render Design

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Cwmbran Village Surgery, Design By RA Architects

Cwmbran Village Surgery, Design By RA Architects

Cwmbran Village Surgery, Design By RA Architects

 

The dual extension accomodates 4 new consultation rooms and two new treatment rooms, an enlarged waiting/ reception area plus a reconfiguration of the adminstration and staff spaces. This particular project required the use of all three of our stages of work. The first of which was feasibility, planning and design. We gave a number of design options for the practice and worked together to choose the most practical. We then prepared the final design to be put through Torfaen County Council planning department. We submitted the planning application on behalf of our clients (including all forms and administration) and liaised with the Torfaen council to achieve a positve result. 

The next stage was to provide a detailed design. Using our extensive knowledge of constuction and regulations, we created detailed drawings for the builders to work from. Following which we consulted with engineers, building control and other professionals as necessary to ensure the project fully buildable and compliant. We then administered a tender package to a number of building contractors to assure the best price and quality for the build works. 

Our clients choose White Brothers and Speed to complete the works, which took place from early summer 2017 to completion in April 2018. We administered a contract between White Brothers and Speed and Cwmbran Village Surgery, based on our detailed drawings, our understanding of construction laws and contact negotiation. We then throuh regular site visits checked the building work to ensure the work was being delivered in line with our drawings, regulations and was to the standard allowed for in the tender.

 

Finished Result

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Testimonial from Practice Manager Sian Whitcombe

To Lewis and the team at RA Architects. A big thank you for all your hard work and dedication to this project. Your professionalism has been exemplary and we would not hesitate to recommend you to others. 

 

We will be publishing a video documenting a behind the scenes look of the works undertaken to the surgery within the next couple of weeks. Make sure you follow us on social media to keep up to date!

 

 

 

Case Study: Langstone Residential Extension

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THE BRIEF

Our clients approached us looking to create a sympathetic double storey extension to their cottage home. Having already being in possession of a design they were happy with, we were instructed to oversee the project works. We implemented the RIBA domestic works contract between our clients and their chosen contractor, Fern Bay Properties, ensuring over five seperate site visits that all work was being completed safely and adhered to both building regulations and the client's original plans.

 

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We regularly undertake a range of commissions varying in scale and complexity. We can take on 'Full Service Appointments' which run from conception to completion and we are also happy to assist clients in any isolated project stages. If you would like to talk to us regarding your own scheme, please contact the team today to book a free consultation. 

 

Extensions Part 2 – A Residential Case Study

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Following the last post in our ‘Design in winter / build in summer’ campaign, we’re back with the second instalment. Showcasing one of our favourite residential extensions from the past year as a case study, we talk you through our three stages of work with step by step images from the initial design stage right through to completion.

 

THE BRIEF: To create a new single story extension to the rear of the existing property for family room / kitchen space.

Stage one – Planning & Designing

Our client wanted to create an airy and light cooking/ entertaining space that would maximise their views over the surrounding countryside. Following collaborative design meetings, we came up with a scheme that encompassed a large kitchen extension. We allowed room for an island to act as a casual seating area and to provide further food preparation space – with a more formal dining area to the side.  Opposite, we proposed a large orangery with an oversized roof light over a bright, relaxed, open plan entertaining area.  

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Stage Two – Detailed Design and Tender                                                    

Whilst Stage one is all about feasibility, planning and design – where we work with our client  to produce a number of design options for their project and supporting them through any planning applications, stage 2 is where we apply our detailed understanding of construction and regulations to the drawings, to provide a comprehensive package for builders to work from that meets all the requirements set out in building regulations.

For this project we administered a tender package to several building contractors to get the best price and quality for the build works. In this instance our client chose to work with Tim and his team at TLC Building Services.  

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Stage Three – Contract and Project Overseeing

With TLC Building services now on board, we administered a contract between them and our client. This contract was based on our detailed drawings, our understanding of construction laws and contract negotiation. We oversaw all the building works onsite to ensure the work was delivered in line with our drawings, regulations and was the standard allowed for in the original tender.

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Progression of work…

The building contractors began to dig the foundations for the new extension to which the drainage, pipework and any other services needed to be laid. All work required signing off from a buildings control inspector, following which the concrete footing needed to be poured into place and again approved by building control.

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Next, the builders turned their attention to damp-proofing. This can be achieved in several ways, such as through a damp-proof course, damp-proof membranes or integral damp proofing. Following this step is an exciting stage where we see the framework of the new build coming to life. Below we can see the creation of the block and brickwork, with wall ties fixing the walls together. The contractor was busy making sure that the cavity walls were insulated and that the lintels for doors and window spaces were fitted correctly. Following which the builder began to assemble the internal walls and lay a floor screed.

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At this point the contractor constructed the roof structure and completed the rafters which were fitted with membrane and covered with our client's choice of material – roofing tiles. The contractor also started work on fascia’s, guttering, drainpipes and soffits.

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The next step was to add the doors and windows into the framework, complete the internal plumbing and electrics.  It was at this stage where stud walls were erected and internal insulation fitted before plastering. Following this stage, the new kitchen and flooring was also completed. Our client chose to render the exterior of the property to match beautifully with the original part of the house.

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With building work completed our clients received a final certificate of approval from the building control officer. After which all that was left to do was relax and enjoy their new space!

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What our client thought about the process;

 

I found RA Architects through a Google search and took a chance as the business was pretty new. I was immediately impressed by Richard's professionalism and his ideas. He listened to how we wanted to use our extension and came back with a number of options to talk through.

 

Once we had agreed a design and a cost Richard and Lewis took away all the pain – they drew up the planning application produced the tender documents and sourced a number of contractors for us to meet and submit a tender. It was reassuring to know that the people tendering were approved by Richard and had all the necessary insurances and track record in place. We decided upon TLC Building Services in Cardiff and we couldn’t have been happier. Tim and his team were the perfect fit for us and we would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone. They worked tirelessly to build an extension we love and did so in good humor- they were a joy to have around. Richard and Lewis visited at regular intervals to inspect the project, again taking away any stress.

 

Throughout the process RA Architects exceeded our expectations and I will use them again for any future projects I undertake.’ 

 

 

We genuinely love this type of work as to make someone’s quality of life better, truly is the passion behind our practice. If you have a similar scheme in mind please do not hesitate to contact us on 01633 744144 to book a free 1 hour consultation.