When Nick bought his home, he bought it knowing it would turn into a big project. Dilapidated and cramped, it was a building that was in some serious need of TLC. Looking to get some experts in his corner to arrange design and planning, he turned to Resi. A year later, he’s now become the owner of a wonderful, and spacious, family home. So what was it like taking on his first major home project?
We caught up with Nick to find out...
Can you start by describing your project, the reasons why you took it on?
It all started when we bought our bungalow, as we knew from the start that it was in desperate need of a re-design. It was an old building, with much of the space looking dated and run down. My partner and I decided we wanted to completely transform the property, bringing it into the 21st century with a new open-plan layout. Before taking it on, the house felt cramped from having many small rooms, each cut off from the other. We felt an open-plan layout would bring a new sense of space into the dwelling, connecting the rooms, and allowing the space to flow naturally into the garden.
Why did you choose Resi for the designs?
I was first intrigued by Resi when I saw what good value they were offering, compared to other practises. But it was the level of expertise that really cemented it for me. I had done some initial designs, which I showed to the team, who then took the time to expand my work - offering new solutions, and providing insight into areas I hadn’t considered, such as planning. I knew I had made a sound decision when I received the final visuals. Having quality drawings really helped clear up what it was I was looking to achieve with our home, allowing me to move forward with greater confidence and determination.
What kind of brief did you give to our architects?
One of our main priorities was improving the external aesthetics of the building. We wanted to make the property look modern, while also bringing in some more symmetry. Prior to our extension, the roof alternated between flat and pitched, cheapening the feel of the building. I asked Resi to help with visualisations of what a new roof might look like, and knew replacing our roof was a must when I saw the results. It completely transformed the building.
As for the interior, I had our designer focus on getting the open-plan space right. I envisioned a bright and open home that would allow us as a family to have a better connection to the garden. I wanted plenty of light, as well as space for our young children to mess around in.