This project came about from a client who we’d worked with on many commercial projects, but this was his family home. The house is in a picturesque village off the Wetherby Road where in truth, nothing much had changed over the years. His existing house was heavily influenced by the suburban ‘arts and crafts’ movement of the 1930s, and whilst attractive it failed to provide spaces suitable for modern family living. Having understood the client’s objectives on space and design, we set about putting a strategy together to achieve his goals, making exhaustive use of his unused ‘permitted development’ rights to erect over 200m3 of extensions to the main house, as well as an extensive garden / games room sunk partially into the slope at the rear of his garden. A subsequent planning application was considered, but was deemed unnecessary after consent was granted to the extensions under permitted development. The result is extended bedrooms for his family, guest suites as well as a well organised and flowing ground floor living area.