House Extension Greyfriars, Longniddry, East Lothian

December 2013.


The new owners of this early 20th Century villa in Longniddry, East Lothian, wanted to modernise the kitchen and dining space so that it took advantage of spectacular views North over the local golf course and the Firth of Forth. Capital A was commissioned to design a new extension which would combine a modern kitchen, with a living room and dinging space, while also providing additional storage and a new entrance to the house.


The brief called for a space that was multipurpose, bright and inviting but the design also had to merge seamlessly with the existing house. The extension is split over two, subtle levels. With the new kitchen on the same level as the house and the new living room down two steps, on the same level as the entrance and rear garden.


This move has several advantages; it raises the floor to ceiling height, it allows a seamless entry to the building and it creates a sense that the open plan space is subdivided, without being too obvious.


The project also involved internal alterations to the house and landscaping to the garden, which will continue into 2015.


This extension shows that a simple Architectural idea, can be very effective.

Construction Costs

The project cost £125,000 + VAT. This works out at £2,750 + VAT per square meter. This does not include altering the existing house.


These costs were relevant when the project was completed in 2013. Prices have changed since this was built, see this post for more details of current construction costs.

Contractors and Consultants

BUILDER: S. Ewing and Sons Ltd.


GLAZING: Mitchell Glass.


KITCHEN: Christoper Howard.


PHOTOS: SQFT

Architects Fees

For a similar project Capital A would charge the following fees;



Feasibly Study - £2,000


Planning Application - £1,800


Building Warrant Application - £3,000


Pre-Construction (Tender) - £1,800


Construction Stage - £3,600


Post-Construction (Snagging) - £300



See this page for more details on the stages of a project.


See this page for more details on Architects Fees.

Consultants Costs and Other Fees

Structural Engineers - £1,800 (aprox)


Energy Consultant - £100


Planning Application Fee to Local Council - £202


Building Warrant Application Fee to Local Council - £760


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