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© Carl Blank


BALCONY VIEWS


The master suite has its own balcony, giving a holiday-style feel and great views


HIGH POINT


“The best moment was finally getting to see the area for the new family room once we’d taken out the walls of the original property. It was at that point you could actually get a feel for the space.”


Conwy Castle on the other,” he says. “You’ve probably got 270 degrees of amazing views.” The property’s convenient location within walking distance of the village was another major draw. Howard called on Harry Reece of Base


Architecture + Design to draw up plans for the renovation. As well as revitalising the Arts & Crafts house by bringing it up to modern standards, Howard was keen to maximise the views by adding a side extension. “I knew that by extending sideways, I’d be adding more rooms that could take in the breathtaking outlook.” Howard worked closely with the architect to develop a detailed design brief. “We came up with what was essentially a shopping list for Howard’s aspirations,” says Harry, who’s a director at the practice. “Next, we looked at the footprint of the building to see how we could incorporate those elements alongside the panoramic views.”


DRAWING UP THE PLANS Initially, the design strategy for the project aimed to create an extension that would be in keeping with the existing house. “However, the conservation team in Conwy had some concerns about that approach,” says Harry. “They said that ultimately, they’d prefer something more contemporary rather than us trying to replicate the style of what was already there.” With that advice, Howard withdrew the initial planning application and went back to the design drawing board. This time, he and Harry


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“It was a case of getting the steels into the right place before we could take down the walls below” – Howard


came up with a design for a modern two-storey extension that would contrast from the existing property, making it easier to distinguish old from new. “That’s when we came up with the idea to have a flat roof cedar-clad modern extension bolted onto the side of the existing Arts & Crafts property,” says Howard. “We took all the comments on board, so when we went back into planning with that design there were no objections.”


CONSTRUCTION JOURNEY With his years of experience in the construction industry, it made sense for Howard to take on the project management duties himself. “Although I’ve been involved in construction for years, typically I am offsite running the company rather than the day-to-day work onsite,” he says. “This project gave me an opportunity to roll back the years and get


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