Architectural Designer Craig Marston of Ke-design has helped to transform this tired semi-detached in Shrewsbury’s Belle Vue into a stunning home fit for all the family.

“The property had been empty for over 10 years,” said Craig, whose clients were a family of four, that included twin toddlers. “The property required total renovation. Originally the family wanted a modern single storey extension to the rear for an open plan kitchen/dining room, plus a large utility room. I was able to provide this option alongside a two-storey alternative. I pointed out that the three-bedroom house was limited for the family and they would benefit from an additional master bedroom with ensuite, which would also add value to the property.”

After opting for the double height extension to expand their upstairs living space too, the couple wanted to keep as many traditional features as possible, especially the metal-frame French doors. Other elements of the original property are exposed throughout the new design.

While the front may look like the rest of the houses in the street, the rear is a hidden gem. The modern extension with its bi-fold doors and roof lantern not only makes an impact outside, the inside is transformed with light and space.

Craig adds: “The design works well as the open plan kitchen/diner becomes a sociable space and when the bi-fold doors are open the division between inside and outside is removed.”

The project has worked so well, the family’s neighbours have appointed Ke-design to design something similar.

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