I shortlisted a few Architects but went with Planmore . Planmore are based in Bedfordshire so London wasn't too far them . Planmore came recommended to me from a family member as well as a friend who has used them to draw up their plans.
I arranged for a site visit with Ali from Planmore. He supplied plans a week later and then submitted them to the council for me acting as my agent. This saved me grief and means the council with liaise with Ali over any potential issues should they arise. Ali was a pleasure to deal with, make any amendments very quickly. After sending the initial plans over, any amendments were made by sharing his screen and over the phone.
The current layout is as below. As you can see it's tiny. The second bedroom is barely useable, as once you have put in a single bed there is not much space to walk around. The entire bungalow is a little over 600 square feet.
Proposed layout for Downstairs
As you can see we intend to extend all the way along the side which currently houses a garage and along the side. This will add a little over 600 square feet to the existing lay out.
The entrance to the bungalow will now be from the front of the house rather than the side. From the entrance there will be a small hallway . From the hall way you will be able to enter the ground floor bedroom , a small shower room with WC and a study. We will be extending the side by 7ft 9".
We intend to remove the wall separating the two bedroom, thus making one larger bedroom. The wall that separates the bedroom from the lounge will be bought in slightly to the bedroom creating more space in the lounge to house the stairs.
The side extension will create space a study. As this study's wall will be facing the neighbours wall we cannot place a window in the wall as the only view will be a fence, therefore we are putting a velux window here instead.
The study which doubles up as my music room will have built in cupboards and will be 9ft 10" by 7ft 9".
From the hallway you will also now be able to enter the lounge. The lounge will basically be the entire downstairs of the existing bungalow minus the bedrooms. So the current walls separating the bathroom and kitchen will come down.
The chimney breast will house a small gas fire and will have TV on top. The projector screen be in house in a box above all this.
A new extension will be made going out 13ft 2". This will run the entire width of the bungalow which will be 26ft 2".
Along the rear wall will be 6 meter bi- fold doors and a roof lantern of 1.5 X 2.5 meters will sit above the area the dining table will be in.
The kitchen will run along one wall with a large island in the middle. There will be cupboard along the side wall for storage.
The stairs will lead to a loft conversion.
The bedroom will be 15ft 10" by 14ft"6". There be doors leading to a Juliette balcony as well as floor to ceiling windows either side of the doors.
I didn't want to access the bathroom directly from the bedroom. The wife and I start work at different times and having an en-suite where we currently live means we wake each other when we're getting ready for work. By having to access the bathroom from the small landing upstairs means there are two doors in the way, suppressing any noise as opposed to one door.
The bathroom will be 8ft 2" by 11ft. I want to squeeze his and hers sinks in here. There will be a free standing bath as well as standalone shower. The WC will be a wall hung one. I prefer the look of these.
From the bathroom will be small walk in wardrobe. The bathroom and walk in wardrobe will have velux windows.
Front and Side Elevation
Rear and Side Elevation