Whole House Refurbishment and Extensions

Creation of a large contemporary
family home with outdoor kitchen

Location: Benson

Whole House Refurbishment and Extensions

Creation of a large contemporary family home with outdoor kitchen

Location: Benson

The owners of this semi-detached property found themselves with a common problem: they owned a property in wonderful surroundings, but wanted to incorporate an open plan family lifestyle and improve the kerb appeal of the building. Gaining planning approval for their ambitious two-storey extension, with a basement and garage link, required lapd’s planning expertise.

Previously, the client had tried to develop plans with another designer, but they did not fit with their lifestyle or design ambition. Soon after, lapd Architects stepped in to the picture. As professional designers they were able to accommodate the multiple factors in play: the family’s particular design requirements, the budget of the build and the strict planning guidelines in the area. After several meetings, taking the time to listen to the client’s concerns and ideas, and an extended correspondence with the planning officers, a new application was granted.

The new design allows for the large double height space downstairs that the homeowners wanted, with modern aluminium bifold doors providing a multi-functional and well-lit kitchen/diner and living room. The spacious first floor en-suite bedrooms boast vaulted ceilings and command a view of the surrounding landscape through their large windows. The glazed screen is a feature in its own right, counterpointed by the contemporary render and brick detailing.

Find out more about lapd and how we can make your dream home a reality.

Find out more about lapd and how we can make your dream home a reality.

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Culham Science Centre,
Abingdon, Oxford
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267 Banbury Road,

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Henley On Thames

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Recent awards

We are proud to have achieved the following awards for recent projects:

2019 Build It Readers’ Choice award - Best Architect for a renovation or extension
2018 Build It – shortlisted for 4 awards including best self-build and best renovation
2017 Build It – shortlisted Best Self Build and Best Renovation
2014 Build It - Highly commended
2013 Corporate Green Award
2012 Build It – Best Self Build Architect
2011 RICS grand award - shortlisted sustainability

2011 RICS south east award winner – sustainability
2011 RICS south east shortlisted – conservation
2010 LABC national building excellence awards winner - technical innovation
2010 LABC central building excellence awards - best overall project | best small housing development | best sustainable project | best technical innovation
2009 RIBA download prize Highly commended – sustainability


lapd Limited (trading as lapd architects) is a private company registered in England and Wales no. 5324993. VAT Registration no. 879282958. The Directors are Opinder Liddar RIBA and Trevor Avery RIBA.

The company is a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Membership No. 3202164P

As a Chartered Member of RIBA, lapd architects must comply with the Architects Registration Board's 'Architects Code: Standards of Conduct and Practice 2017 version'.

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