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Chester Architects Designed Two Storey House Extension


Our clients, having purchased a substantial but tired property in Chester, required a full programme of refurbishment and remodelling of their house, including a home extension, to suit their needs and approached Hunter Architects to bring some life back to the house.

The rear of the house was the focus for a large part of the works as the existing views over and access to the substantial mature plot was limited.

A new family room, with associated utility and servicing space was created with substantial glazing to maximise the benefit of orientation and the views.

A substantial master bedroom suite with en-suite and dressing room also sought the benefit of views and good daylighting.

Externally the home extensions sought to complement and enhance the character of the existing house and wider area.

Summary: Substantial two storey home extension (Cheshire West & Chester)


An Architects view of Chester.

Chester Planning Applications and Permission by RIBA Architects for house Extension, remodelling and bespoke new homes Chester is the capital of Cheshire and dates to Romans times when it was a fort and known as Deva. Today it is one of the best preserved walled cities in the Country. This contributes to making the city a popular tourist destination. In addition, it is also a popular place to live due to this unique setting.

The famous medieval Rows are unique. They feature two storeys of shops, businesses and homes. The lower level often lower than the road level and accessed via steps, some into almost crypt-like vaults. The first-floor units are laid out along the “rows” and accessed via a series or repeating steep steps up to a continuous walkway separated from the railings by an (often sloping) raised “shelf”.

The black and white buildings of the city, while many of them are Victorian, provide an instant architectural aesthetic to the city centre.

Outside the city centre, there are many different house styles and types. Many housing areas are within walking distance to the centre and the River Dee. There are other many popular residential areas for Chester Architects to work including Upton, Hoole, Handbridge, Lache and Vicars Cross. Areas such as Saughall, Mollington, Christleton, Tarvin, Mickle Trafford and Guilden Sutton are just outside the city centre.

The famous Black and White timber-framed architecture, as well as a plethora of archaeological remains, provides a unique challenge and opportunity for Chester Architects.

What’s our connection to Chester?


Born in Chester, (but growing up in Flintshire), Ian Hunter, spent a large part of his formative years in the area. This included going swimming in Northgate Arena, walking around the Roman walls and along the River Dee. Shopping along Eastgate, Bridge Street and the famous departments store Brown’s of Chester was common. In later years (and this is showing his age) Ian enjoyed the nightlife of Rosie’s and Brannigans and the Sealand Road cinema and bowling alley.


In more recent years, Ian still makes regular trips to Chester with his family. He has passed his love of the area to his children who love exploring the walls as well as it’s famous Medieval Rows. Like many children visiting, they love running up and down the numerous stairs to the first-floor shops. Chester Zoo (the UK’s largest zoo set in over 125 acres) in Upton is also a hugely popular destination.


Photographs/Images © Kat Hannon Photography

Project Overview
Location: Lache, Chester
Type: House Extension & Remodelling
Local Planning Authority: Cheshire West and Chester Council
Status: Complete
Features: Creating family room and better links to garden. New master bedroom suite with dressing room and en-suite. Retaining existing character of house.

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