First Floor Extension to Bungalow, Cambridgeshire


First-floor extension and complete renovation


Duxford, Cambridgeshire


2,670sq.ft development


Self-build developer

A first-floor extension has transformed a 1950s bungalow into a sought-after luxury family home.

The property originally had a footprint of around 1,200sq.ft, but has now more than doubled in size with the existing roof replaced with an entire first-floor extension.

The new property now has with five spacious bedrooms, three reception rooms, two bathrooms, a projecting gable on oak posts as well as another gable overlooking the garden forming a characterful log store.

The project utilised a timber frame structure to ensure rapid completion, cost-effective delivery and enhanced thermal values.

The light weight structure of the design allowed the existing foundations to be used to reduce costs further and the main cladding material used gave a traditional appearance and requires very little maintenance.

Services provided:

  • Planning design documents, application submitted and permission achieved
  • Full technical drawings and building regulations approval achieved
  • Ongoing architectural and design support on site
  • Tender analysis and supplier advice
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.