Recent projects

Allen Architects Projects

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The practice though based in Dinan carries out work throughout Brittany and parts of Normandy, across a range of projects. Here are some recent examples.

The town of Dinan has a very beautiful and historic centre and as a result many of its buildings come under historical or listed status. This means that any work carried out on them has to be liaised with the Architectes des batiments de France and carried out in such a way that is sensitive to both the historical surroundings and the building. Currently we have several of these types of projects in Dinan.

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Small Barn Renovation

Renovation of a small barn with a new extension at Pluméliau.

The clients wanted to renovate this small barn to provide living accommodation in a contemporary style. A first floor was constructed inside the barn to provide bedroom and bathroom space and new window openings created to provide extra natural light. The extension was designed to both compliment the existing building and its surroundings and provide a sun lounge with covered terrace to take full advantage of the beautiful views of the Breton countryside.


Petit Manoir

Renovation of an historic manoir creating a very special holiday home in Dinan (artists impression)

'Petit Manoir' just beside Dinan Market place and sitting on top of the original town ramparts. The building had been neglected for a number of years and was purchased by our clients with a view to becoming a holiday home with a distinct character. Changes were proposed to the entire interior and landscaping to the external spaces to create a very contemporary home within an historic shell.


House Reconstruction

House interior and facade reconstruction

This project located in Dinan required the complete internal renovation and reconstruction to the façade of the house and garage. the property had been badly damaged due to flooding and one of the conditions imposed on the renovation was that the original timber facade was to be reconstructed in masonry with a natural stone finish.


Traditional Cottage Extension

Extension to a traditional cottage, providing a light and airy kitchen/dining space.

Extensions form a large part of our portfolio and below is an example which was created to form a kitchen/dining space for a very small cottage. Once again the local area is classé and design work had to be negotiated with the Architectes des batiments de France. The client requested a largely timber building which would offer lots of light not just to the extension but also into the original cottage.


Roof Extension

Roof extension/loft conversion

This extension to a small house near Dinan presented some particular difficulties as we were required to extend out from an existing roof over and onto an existing extension. Although the extension has a timber frame our clients requested they the external cladding not be in timber or require regular maintenance.


Farmhouse Renovation

Farmhouse and stable renovation/conversion – Central Brittany.

The photos show before and after the conversion of the stable into a kitchen area.


New House Build

New house which uses traditional materials to give a contemporary look with more traditional style annex.

New build houses also form a considerable part of our practice work load. We receive requests for full time homes, holiday homes, and future retirement homes and each comes with its’ own specific requirements. The example below is a project that creates a permanent home for our clients in Brittany. The brief was for a modern, energy efficient, light and spacious family home plus a separate timber framed annex building to accommodate guests. We were again limited to liaising with the Architectes des batiments de France as the site is very close to an historic monument. However the result is a house which uses traditional materials to give a contemporary look with a very modern interior, plus a more traditional style timber annex to accompany the house.


Manoir Appartments

Manoir/apartments – Quimper, Finistere

This eye catching classic style manoir formerly a private residence, has been converted (along with a number of out buildings) into luxurious holiday apartments. We have been responsible for carrying out not internal alterations and upgrading to apartments and the commercial kitchen but also bringing all fire, security and accessibility installations fully up to date.


Loft Conversion

Loft conversion – Dinan

This project situated in the historic port area of Dinan, required that an empty loft space be transformed into a contemporary, light and airy space for use as a music room.


First Floor Extension

A room with a view’ – a first floor extension to a modern house

The extension below is to the first floor of a modern house which overlooks a golf course. The project involves creating a new room in the place of an existing first floor terrace to provide lots of light and views over the golf course. The addition of a balcony and staircase provides access directly down to the garden below.