Bungalow renovation & first floor extension, Southwold, Suffolk


Bungalow renovation and first-floor extension


Southwold, Suffolk


2,900sq.ft development



This modern bungalow now makes the perfect holiday home in this very popular Suffolk village of Southwold.

The project included raising the roofline and the addition of an entire new first floor as well as a large rear extension to give three extra bedrooms.

Gaining planning permission for the works was a significant achievement as the adaptations to the property were so vast, but this was secured efficiently thanks to carefully devised drawings and detailed technical specifications to gain the planner’s support.

This clever makeover had a focus on contemporary design to ensure the end property result was of the highest quality.

Services provided:

  • Detailed planning designs and documents to ensure a planning approval
  • Joinery design, details and recommended contractor
  • Liaison with structural engineers as part of the build
The project exceeded and went way beyond all of my expectations. We put some very ambitious plans in place and the end result is 100% what we wanted to achieve. I couldn’t recommend Neil highly enough. He approached the project with the same care and attention as if it were his own property with great passion and enthusiasm to deliver the results.
Before the start of this project, we had some concerns around the property collapsing into the basement when we were digging it out so the planning element of this project was of paramount importance to us. Neil is always quick to come up with creative solutions when challenges are flagged and his detailed drawings made the delivery of the project very efficient.
This was my first major building development project for my own home. Neil is one of the most experienced building engineers I have worked with and because of the details in his technical drawings, it ran seamlessly. He was helpful throughout the process and much more engaged during the delivery than other architects I have worked with.
This was a tricky project because there were some issues with the levelling of the property. These were overcome thanks to Neil’s team and all the experience they brought to our project. New World Architectural has great initiative and get on with the job to make life much easier for us.
We did have quite a few ideas and photos of what we wanted for a separate studio in our garden and Neil Cook managed skilfully to translate them into drawings and detailed plans. His local knowledge of planning regulations and what we would be allowed to build was invaluable and saved so much time in having the plans approved. They sailed through without objection.
Chris & Jane
The architectural services on this job included everything from start to finish and were delivered with great professionalism throughout. It’s great to work with a professional who support us every step of the way and communicate their actions clearly. If they tell us it’s done, it’s done and it’s done well.
This was the first project I had tackled with such a firm focus on energy efficiency and the build was required to meet a number of criteria levels as instructed by Building Control. New World Architectural took over responsibility of this, carried out detailed research of this and ensured the requirements were set out to us very clearly. The plans were well executed and the residents are very proud of the results.