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This property is positioned on a prominent site just outside the city of Bath. The existing property is located in an elevated position in relation to the road, towards the rear of the site which enjoys distant views over the countryside.
Built in the 1950s, architecturally designed house a simple rectangular footprint with the rooms arranged creating a formal layout. The Rear garden is north facing with the majority covered with mature trees that are subject to a blanket TPO. Therefore the large front garden is effectively the private amenity space and the site is terraced down towards the road with a 2.0m high stone wall creating a secure entrance into the site. The existing house although not a true representation of an actual period style has a classical feel that is worthy of considering when looking at design options. The existing property provides only 3 bedrooms within a fairly generous 2,000ft² over two storeys.
The existing room arrangement achieves a good layout generally with circulation and stairs to the rear of the property, allowing all three bedrooms to face the aspect the front with good natural light and benefitting from the distant views further enhanced with 2 small terraces. The existing kitchen is small and located on the North elevation and does not fit into modern day family life. The existing structure is cavity wall construction finished with a reconstituted stone on the outer face, a concrete tiled roof which needs replacing and updating and original metal windows which are now unacceptable in terms of thermal efficiency.
There is effectively only 1 principle elevation to this property which also is a nicely balanced classical style property. Additional living and bedroom spaces are needed and the challenge for this property is how this can be delivered without diluting or destroying the quality of existing front elevation.
The objective here is to increase the living space and create at least 1 extra bedroom whilst retaining and enhancing the design quality of the existing house. To achieve this, the developable area on the site is identified in a position where a two storey stand-alone extension could be constructed and then linked back to the existing house. This will create a visual break which can be used so that the original property can be identified. The approach to this design solution is that a contemporary addition built using construction methods and materials currently available, can enhance the quality of the period style and create a complimentary contrast. The extension has been located to the East of the existing footprint and project forward of the front elevation, allowing the mass and bulk to create a sense of enclosure the front of the house whilst creating an opportunity for the internal rooms to take advantage of the movement of the sun around the site and the distant views to the South and South West.
Ground Floor plan
Most of the existing ground floor footprint has been retained and the kitchen has been enlarged by knocking through into the existing dining room giving it aspect the South and allowing the space to break out onto an external courtyard area creating by the extension to the East. The New extension provides a large 2nd living room that also breaks out onto the courtyard and is linked back to the main house by a two storey glazed elbow, which is a full height space containing a library and feature staircase serving the new first floor space.
First Floor Plan
In the existing the changes are mainly internal and create introduce a spacious family bathroom and two en-suites to serve the existing 3 bedrooms. The new extension creates an impressive master suite accessed from the feature staircase and bridge in the glazed elbow that connects back down into the kitchen and living spaces. The master bedroom has been orientated to capture the best views, with a small covered balcony, dressing room and luxury en suite bathroom.
Externally the original house has been given a face lift with a new natural slate roof and modern aluminium windows. The contrasting two storey extension is finished with white acrylic render, large aluminium window and frameless glass sections. The ground floor is shown with natural stone walling which has been used in the hard landscaping scheme to create a connection with the site. The first floor projects beyond the ground floor walls creating a dramatic effect as the site drops away. The elbow link has been created in a fully glazed structure and this creates the visual break between the old and new.
The existing period style property has been respected and enhanced by the modern addition and the new accommodation gives this property the opportunity to serve modern day living whilst preserving the original house. Minor alterations and replacement of the older materials allow the structure and fabric of the existing house to be upgraded and extend its lifespan. The final footprint provides just over 3,000ft² of accommodation and the arrangement of the mass and bulk works with the existing topography, orientation and creates high quality external spaces for the occupants to break out onto.