The 1950’s building had been extended several times resulting in a confusing internal layout and poor west facing elevation onto the garden. The brief was to rationalise the layout, improve the links onto the garden and provide a variety of internal volumes working within the existing footprint, all within a tight budget.
The main entrance has been moved to be more visible on arrival, to an existing flat roofed extension. This has been reinforced by reclading with cedar boarding and adding a new over sailing roof giving shelter at the front door. The new hall leads directly to the living room through floor to ceiling pivot doors painted a vivid red by the client. To the right a new gabled extension over the living room has been left open to the roof as a double height space – a contrast to the existing low ceilings of the kitchen. To the left is a large open plan kitchen with a set of full width and full height sliding folding doors giving views over the garden. The terrace steps beyond are aligned with the view from the entrance hall to reinforce the link with the garden. In addition to the main living spaces the client required a private study close to the entrance and a more remote studio space, which was located off the kitchen. A full height pivot door was also used here, designed to be left open the majority of the time to give uninterrupted views through from the living room.
The first floor attic conversion contains the master bedroom and bathroom and an additional guest bedroom. The ground floor has a further guest bedroom and utility room.
Extension and refurbishment of 1950’s house.