Downstairs Extension & Loft Conversion, Essex

Downstairs Extension & Loft Conversion, Essex


Upstairs Downstairs for Manningtree Family

John O’Connell Building Solutions first worked with this local family in 2012, when we were one of three local building contractors called in to give a quotation for a lean-to kitchen extension. We’re happy to say that we got the contract, and as well as building the family a fantastic new kitchen, we have built a great relationship that has recently seen us create a stunning upstairs space in the same home.

The Manningtree homeowner says:

“We decided we wanted to add a single storey extension to the ground floor of our home to create more living space for the family. We had a dividing wall between the existing kitchen and dining room, and our original plan was to knock through, but we were told we needed a supporting post. We spoke to three different builders, who all came in at a similar price, but John was inspirational and showed us how he could create an open-plan kitchen with a central island and bi-fold doors to the garden to completely open up the space. It’s because of his eye for design that we decided to use his company, and we are so glad we did – it has transformed the way we live and six years later we still love it!”

Fast forward, and the growing family needed more space but didn’t want to move house. This time, John O’Connell was their first call.

We had this great downstairs space, but the house felt a bit bottom heavy,” they explained. We had a high pitched roof that was perfect for a loft conversion so we consulted with John early on and worked with his team and his architect on the design. Working with them, we decided on a master bedroom suite with a large bathroom; it’s created more room for the children downstairs, and we have our own fantastic space upstairs. Once again, John and his team were incredible, with really clever use of design to create space and flow, right down to placing dormer windows for maximum light and an ingenious staircase that wrapped around the original stairs and works incredibly well. It is so amazing and every time we go up there we still go ‘wow!’.

As a building company, they are complete perfectionists, right down to the finest detail. The team were always polite and friendly, keeping everything as tidy as possible and never leaving us without water or electricity as well as daily considerations like asking if it was OK to come in early. We would never use any other building firm and have recommended John O’Connell to loads of our friends and family.

Project In Brief:
  • Ground floor extension
  • New kitchen with central island
  • Bi-fold doors to garden
  • Third floor dormer windows
  • New master bedroom suite in loft space
  • Second floor staircase
  • New master en-suite bathroom
  • Fitted wardrobes


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