Originally the brief was to extend the first and second floor of a maisonette into the roof providing additional bedroom. However, when a fire occurred in the one bedroom ground floor flat below the opportunity arose to convert the property back into a family house. The architectural work involved obtaining planning permission for a side extension which has not yet been carried out and change of use back to a family house taking advantage of the associated lower VAT level.
Building work involved in addition to repair due to fire damage, opening up the hallway, removing the entrance lobby to the flats reinstating the balustrade to the stairs, converting the former bedroom and sitting room into a single family space with patio doors into the garden , inserting pocket doors opposite the staircase to bring light and an open plan feel to the hall whilst complying with fire regulations. A small WC was also installed under the staircase off the hallway. In the ground floor rear extension internal walls were demolished to make a single space, the chimney breast was removed from the former kitchen, existing windows and doorway were blocked up and new side patio doors installed with a sash window at the far end giving a though view to the garden. A small compact kitchen was installed in the former bathroom area with a breakfast bar in the former kitchen. In the upper floors the existing kitchen was turned back into a bedroom and other small changes were carried out ready for future development proposals.