Plaice have recently extended and remodelled a Victorian terrace to create a modern 2.5 storey dwelling suited to 21st century living, while preserving the exterior character of the original property, which is located in the centre of the Woodbridge Conservation area.

Due to the compact nature of the site and minimal external space the potential for extending was rather limited. In addition, due to the close proximity of adjacent offices and First Floor windows from surrounding properties, careful consideration was needed to ensure a private, comfortable internal environment could be created.

As a result of the rather cellular and dark layout of the existing property, it was decided to demolish the single storey rear extension and form a new boundary wall to enclose the site, which would then enable the potential of the entire plot to be realised.

Behind the boundary wall a glass roof extension was created, with full width sliding folding doors, which flood the Ground Floor with daylight and when open, help to blur the boundary between inside and out.

Through the installation of a steel frame the entire internal layout was reconfigured, including re-positioning of the staircase, which enabled a stunning open plan Ground Floor space to be created, which connects to the private Courtyard Garden beyond, with integral Braai (South African style barbecue).

By rotating the existing stairs through 180 degrees, a second staircase could be installed to reach the current Attic. The existing Attic had a reduced head height, so the decision was taken to reduce the ceiling height of the new Ensuite and part of the Master Bedroom at First Floor level, in order to create a third bedroom above.

Vaulting the remaining roof space, enabled interesting ceiling lines to be created in the Bathroom and First Floor landing, providing a sense of drama and scale not usually found in a typical two up two down.

AuthorChris Game

Works have been progressing well on site to remodel and extend a Victorian property in Woodbridge, Suffolk. 

The building was made watertight, following the install of the feature three meter roof light and slimline sliding pivot doors in the open plan Kitchen area.

The new boundary walls are now complete, enclosing the courtyard space where a new braai is being constructed. Next stages are first fix electrics and plumbing along with commencement of internal finishes.

AuthorChris Game

Plaice are very pleased to announce that Full Planning Approval has been granted to refurbish and extend this former guest house. The Guest House is located along Felixstowe’s active seafront at the junction of Sea Road and Undercliff Road West, and enjoys close proximity to the towns Leisure Centre and new Pier.

The property is currently used as rented bedsits for local workers, and also contains an independent ground floor flat associated with a self-contained restaurant business run by the Guest House proprietor.

This contemporary scheme will convert the existing late Victorian Guest House into 6 self-contained flats within a courtyard style development.

Three of the flats will be created through the construction of a new extension at the rear of the building. The other three flats will be formed by the conversion and extension of the existing Guest House. In total, we aim to create 5 x 2 bed flats and 1 x 1 bed flat, all accessed by central staircase and access lift

The scheme received positive comments from Felixstowe Town Council with the committee recognising the “good quality of design and materials which supported the juxtaposition of the modern addition to the historical existing building within the conservation area”

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We have recently submitted a planning application to convert a Felixstowe Guest House into contemporary self-contained apartments.

Our proposals involve the reorganisation of the existing space, refurbishment and extensions, and creates a new central landscaped courtyard.

The new extension will be clad in brick, zinc and render to enhance the sense of place and creates a new vernacular to complement the Victorian architecture.