Rose Cottage: A Certificate of Lawfulness for an Extra Bedroom

Case: Country Cottage needing additional accommodation for growing family
Location: East Sussex
Area: 24 metre²
Build Duration: 4 weeks
Units: 1 unit – self contained en suite bedroom with extensive wardrobe storage


In 2013 we were approached by Tom and Debbie, who wanted an extra bedroom for their beautiful Sussex cottage to accommodate their grown up and expanding family. As their home is in the green belt there was limited opportunity for permitted development, however Boutique Modern were able to assist the couple in having a Certificate of Lawfulness granted to place a ‘caravan’ in their garden. Debbie is a garden designer and was able to work with our design team to create a unit that would compliment their already beautiful garden.

Once floorplans and aesthetic had been finalised building in our factory allowed us to build the unit extremely quickly, within days the basic structure was complete, by the end of the first week the unit was weather tight, at the end of week 4 the unit was shrink wrapped and ready to leave. Inside was a large bedroom with a spacious wardrobe, a shower room fitted with custom furniture made in-house and almost 4 meters of floor to ceiling wardrobe space to provide extra storage for the cottage, the exterior was finished in profile larch with steel rainwater furniture. As the project was a single unit our team were able to finish it completely inside and out, meaning time on site was going to be minimal – with ground works complete it took just 2 hours to have the unit sited, plugged in and plumbed into the mains, ready for Debbie and Tom to enjoy.

Single module projects like this provide fantastic examples of why volumetric modular building can be so beneficial. On top of all the usual benefits; speed, accuracy, versatility, build scheduling – units can be tailored in aesthetic and function to fulfill exactly what our customers require, be it further accommodation, an extra room in the garden, an office, a gym, an art studio or any number of other uses. Using our ‘plug in and play’ principle delivery of your new extension can be arranged to a specific time that suits you with little to no ground disturbance whatsoever – increasing the capacity, functionality and value of your home just got a whole lot easier.

Projects of a similar nature: Installation of further accommodation like Debbie and Tom’s require a Certificate of Lawfulness, a document issued by your local council, we offer services to assist in getting these permissions and if you are thinking about a similar project we are happy to discuss, assist and advise on the best way forward. Single units can be constructed between 6-12m x 3.7m

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