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As the purchase of this property was being finalised, the client needed to be inspired as to what could be done with the existing building, which had a small footprint and really lacked presence on approach. It was paramount that the existing structure was fully understood and that any proposals would respect the constraints, so that a deliverable design could be achieved. The clients spatial requirements needed to be met and this also meant that a simple and cost efficient envelope was needed.
The Existing Property
This two storey detached house thought to be built around 1940 provides a modest 110m² of accommodation including 3 bedrooms, with a layout typical of this period. The existing house has been subject to numerous additions since its original construction which have been poorly considered creating a series of small rooms that do not represent accommodation expected in today’s standards. The external walls are facing brick at ground floor level, with painted render at first floor. The existing timber windows are still present and the roof is finished with plain clay tiles.
The original existing footprint is arranged in an 'L' shape with small internal rooms that really need to be opened up. The front elevation is very narrow and on approach the house has no presence. 2 single storey side extensions forming the main entrance and a garage present an incoherent elevation.
The New Design
The property sits on a generous size plot with a wide frontage but the house lacks presence due to its narrow footprint at first floor, therefore there is plenty of scope to create a new front façade to dramatically change the appearance of the property. The new design seeks to retain 75% of the existing external walls so that most of the budget can be spent on much needed additional floor area.
The original ‘L’ structure has been retained with double storey and single storey extensions added to generate the additional accommodation. On the ground floor a kitchen/family room has been relocated in a single storey extension that will benefit from receiving morning and afternoon sunlight, connecting back into a snug and dining area within the existing footprint. A separate living room is located to the South West corner opening into a courtyard space which connects back into the kitchen family space. The existing kitchen which was cramped and received poor natural light has been utilised as a library/study.
The first floor has been extended to create a large master bedroom with walk around dressing area and en suite. A second bedroom has been created over the kitchen/family room which also has a dressing area and en suite. 2 bedrooms are retained in the existing footprint and served by a family bathroom accessed from a gallery landing which looks back down into the double height entrance hall.
Externally a low maintenance and modern style is completed with the use of a natural slate roof, white render complimented by facing brick. The new natural slate roof has large overhanging eaves and a low pitch roof giving the property a hint of Frank Lloyd Wright.
The new design delivers 220m² of accommodation and a real sense of presence to reflect its location and size of plot.
The final design creates a strong looking property with clever integration of external walls with the main walls of the extended house. Brick and render have been chosen and located in areas that cover up the old materials, giving a low maintenance solution and achieving a warm and inviting look. The transformation is impressive considering that the majority of the existing structure has been retained in order to maximise efficiency of the build