Since 1965, Trevor Gilman has worked on the design of many hundreds of domestic building projects. Most of these have been in the North Midlands, Buxton, Sheffield and the Manchester area. Some however, have been as distant as the Lake District and Devon. The projects have included a number of new houses, located at Buxton, Chapel en le Frith, and surrounding towns and villages.
Two houses in Buxton started life as bungalows. The upwards extension resulted in a design that is more in keeping with the surrounding conservation area, as well as doubling the internal space.
Barn conversions have been designed at a number of locations including Buxton and within the Peak District National Park and as far away as Kirkby Lonsdale. These projects are particularly challenging as the planning authorities insist that the original appearance be retained as far as possible. In some cases the end use has been holiday lets as part of a farm diversification scheme. In others, the object has been to create new homes.
Flat conversions have been a regular feature of Trevor Gilman's workload, and there are many examples in the Buxton area as well as around Manchester and Sheffield. Flats have been formed from two storey semi detached houses as well as large Victorian villas.
Numerous house extensions have been designed over the past forty years. These include single, two and three storey extensions. Sometimes, an extension has been required above a garage or other ground floor room, resulting in a careful consideration of the quality of the existing structure. Most extensions despite recent changes in legislation still require planning permission as well as Building Regulations approval. Trevor Gilman's experience can help owners through the minefield of legislation.
Many houses have been extended upwards into the loft, being careful to comply with all of the special provisions that this entails. The rules relating to loft conversions have changed several times over the past thirty years. Keeping up with the rules is becoming ever more essential.
Conservatories and porches have special considerations of their own. This is another area where Trevor Gilman's wide experience can help home owners.