Oxshott Rise (Remodel)
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This property is positioned on an exclusive private estate close to the City of London. The house occupies a large rectangular plot measuring approximately 30m wide by 50m long. The existing house is set towards the front of the plot, rectangular in form filling its width and leaving a generous East facing garden.
The existing house was built in the 1950s, finished with a plain clay tile roof, a combination of tile hanging and painted brickwork walls with very simple architectural features. Internally the rooms are generous in size and the property has been altered with extensions and additions which appear to have been completed soon after the original building was completed. The accommodation consists of 2 receptions room, kitchen, dining and a double garage on the ground floor. There are 4 bedrooms on the first floor, a family bathroom and an en suite and dressing room to the master bedroom. The long rectangular footprint means that most of the rooms enjoy double aspect but the flow of the house is fragmented. The house currently stands at 240m² (2575ft²).
Due to the orientation of the site (East facing rear garden) the rear elevation and the external area immediately adjacent does not receive good levels of direct sunlight/daylight. Some of the bedrooms are small and cramped. Better quality living space are required with a better connection to the external spaces without compromising the double aspect features of the primary habitable spaces.
It’s important for the final design solution to focus the work in specific areas, rather than trying to change and alter structure in too many areas, which will ultimately lead to an uneconomical approach. The area to the North currently occupied by the double garage, reception room and utility room was identified as the area presenting the most suitable place for investment. This gives the opportunity to extend the rear and over two storeys to create a ‘T’ shape. This will create rooms with external façade responding to the movement of the sun and creating better quality internal spaces. This side of the house was previously extended area which created cramped first floor spaces, and therefore focusing the work here provides an opportunity to correct existing problems with the house.
Ground Floor plan
Most of the existing ground floor footprint has been retained and the main changes are a new large family room and snug occupying the new extension with large glazed openings capturing the sun for as long as possible whilst enjoying the aspect onto the garden and opening directly onto a large external terrace. The existing kitchen and dining room has been knocked into 1 large room. The kitchen fittings are kept clear of the rear wall allowing large glazed opening connecting the space to the rear garden, with glazed doors separating this space from the large entrance hall allowing light to penetrate through the footprint later on in the afternoon/evening. A number of small alterations have been made on the ground floor to clean up to footprint providing good locations for less important rooms such as a w.c and larder.
First Floor Plan
The main spine of the house is retained along with the roof structure over the central section of the house. The new two storey extension to the North provides a large master bedroom, en suite and dressing area which breaks out at first floor level onto a terrace created by single storey flat roof extension on the ground floor. A further bedroom is provided in the new extension, and the remaining footprint has been reconfigured to improve the existing accommodation to achieve spacious rooms to reflect the overall size and feel of the house. The new layout delivers 5 bedroom, 3 with en suite bathrooms, with the remaining 2 bedroom served by the family bathroom.
Externally a traditional feel has been retained with the use of render, weatherboard, whitewashed oak features to contemporary feature windows, a natural slate roof with the use of small areas of natural stone. The ground floor flat roof extensions include with exposed rafters with clever detailing to create sleek and delicate lines.
The existing house has been given a new style that sits comfortably in its context and whilst looking modern still creates a warm and inviting feel. The new accommodation fixes the problems of the existing layout while retaining the positive elements and enhancing property allowing the internal spaces to respond better to the site and its orientation. The final design results in an overall footprint of 4,000ft² adding value with the enhanced accommodation and kerb appeal.