A fresh approach to shared living

How a 3-bed semi became a high-end co-living home.

Location

Station Road, Shirehampton.

We juggled post-Covid price hikes to turn a dated and worn 1930s house into a beautiful, modern, co-living home.

The Challenges
  • No planning issues as the Change of Use was permitted development
  • A significant increase in the cost of materials and labour following lockdown
Our Approach

Despite the project initially being to create a small new home built for sale that would sit alongside the owners existing rental house, when it came to it, they decided to develop the whole property and keep it as a rental.

We adapted the planning permission to extend the house, and everything ran smoothly until the construction quotes came back. Due to Covid and the lockdowns we’d all experienced, prices of labour and materials had risen drastically. With a limited budget, we reviewed the project and decided to omit the loft conversion, which, although desirable, was very costly for the additional space it created.

The Outcome
Work started in February 2022 and was completed in December 2022 – without incident and on budget. Demand for the property was exceptionally high, and letting agents advised us that they expected it to break the rental ceiling for Shirehampton! After three years of being empty or refurbished, it’s terrific to see this property again functioning as a lovely home. And in November 2023 we were selected as a finalist in the Bristol Property Awards ‘Transformation’ category for this project – Co-Haven at Station Road.

One of the best HMO properties we’ve seen in Bristol

’We manage a lot of large properties in Bristol, but we can honestly say that Andrew at Landhaven has provided one of the best HMO properties we’ve seen in Bristol’"