The path to perfection did not run smoothly, with a number of knock-backs and changes to the original plan but with the brief (particularly the cherry tree) ever in mind, Hay and the client fought to achieve the aims to wonderful effect.
For example the initial planning application for a two-storey rear extension raised objections and was withdrawn, but the upper level extension had been critical for the view of the cherry tree. A revised proposal was developed to the maximum extent of Permitted Development limits, with the new sloping roofline following the maximum height above ground level as defined within the Planning Act. From the interior, the tree would be visible from a gallery floor level, set within the highest section of this roof. Below this, the whole of the rear area along with a section of the garden would be excavated by 1m to create the new new 70 sq m living room with ceiling heights of up to 4m. A Certificate of Lawfulness for the proposal at ground level and a separate Planning Application for the alterations at roof level were eventually approved.
Once the nuts and bolts of the plan were set and taking shape, with the help of structural engineers Elliott Wood Partnership, the physical layout of the rooms began. Hay has completed reconfigured the space, so that now the new kitchen is located at the original ground floor level, overlooking the living room.