Alan – Rear extension in Herne Hill, London

Completed 2018

We recently completed a rear extension to our Victorian semi detached house to provide a new kitchen and bathroom. We engaged Ashley to design the new space and redesign the existing space and to manage the planning application.

From the start we were impressed with Ash’s approach. He listened to our very vague descriptions of what we wanted to achieve and turned those quickly into workable designs. He dealt very effectively with our inability to make clear decisions, and our frequent ideas for fundamental changes to the layout of rooms, providing helpful visualisations of alternative options and pointing out their strengths and weaknesses – always relating those back to his understanding of our requirements. In the end, the design we implemented was very close to his initial proposal.

Another tricky issue was the fact that our extension would reduce light levels in our neighbour’s conservatory. Ash had good ideas for adjusting the designs and provided simulations showing what their impact might be, which helped both us and our neighbours to understand it, and with his support we came to an agreement with the neighbours that has enabled us to maintain good relations with them while achieving our dream kitchen.

The fact that Ash is based in Birmingham had concerned us, and there were times when it would have been more convenient if he could have visited the property at short notice, but this was never an insurmountable problem as he responded quickly by email and phone.