In this case study we return to The Old Rectory. This was our 3rd stint working on this property and this time we worked on the top floor of the building. The top floor started out as nothing more than open loft space, split in half length ways by a brick running the length of the building. Our brief from the clients was to turn this space into a habitable area, suitable for guest accommodation, for when friends and family come to stay, as well as creating an area that could be used for family entertainment which took the form of a cinema room.
As the name suggests the rectory is an old building with lots of character and as such it was important to the clients that this character was not lost in the conversion, whilst still maintaining a modern look and feel to the new rooms. We were able to do this by incorporating the features that were already there, such as the original roof structure woodwork and dormer and by keeping rather than replacing the original windows.
Adding another family bathroom and an ensuite to the house meant that the existing plumbing infrastructure needed to be upgraded and this all had to be considered at the design stage, especially as the client’s brief had dictated that they did not want this to be on show so as not to detract from the overall look of the rooms we were creating.
After several meetings we were able to present the clients with our quote pack which included our proposed floor plans detailing out the separation of the space into the designated rooms and a full 3D virtual model for the clients to be able to see how the final rooms would look. Once agreed it was time to start and get on with the job.