Mid terrace house, Kilmacolm
Upon purchase the owners felt that the ground floor layout didn't suit their lifestyle and that the decor did not make the most of the period features. The main issue was the very small galley kitchen which had been installed in the original scullery. The kitchen lacked storage space as well as room to manoeuvre. This situation was not helped by the back door opening directly into the tight space.
A more minor issue was that come mid afternoon, as the sun moved to the front of the house, the rooms to the rear become rather dark.
By blocking up an existing doorway from the hall and replacing it with a set of glazed double doors elsewhere not only was light brought into the back rooms but the opportunity was created for a large walk in hall cupboard. To the rear a large kitchen with breakfast bar and connected dinning area was formed from the previous dinning and family room.
The old kitchen was stripped out and the space divided up to create a back porch area with fitted storage and bench seating. Off this space a wc and utility area was created. This arrangement allows a door to be closed on the noisy appliances as well as providing the space required by current standards for an accessible ground floor wc (something which the house had previously lacked).
Architectural services included dealing with the local authority regarding Planning Permission and Building Warrant; finding a suitable main contractor and liasing with them during works on site as well as sourcing and programming in works by various specialist trades such as the restoration of original plaster cornicing and wooden floors.