When the clients bought this house the ground floor was dominated by a large and miserable extension that blocked the light from the back of the house. The brief was to redesign the existing house to achieve a spacious, well insulated home for the family. The project was carried out over two separate stages to facilitate client need in terms of budget and reducing the amount of time they would need to rent for. The single storey extension to the back and side was done first (2014) with the first floor side extension, front porch & external insulation being completed in 2017. The overall scheme was planned from the beginning to accomodate phasing. In order to try and maintain evening sun reaching the back corner of the garden over the extension it was decided to go with a flat roof rather than extending the pitched roof of the original part of the house.
At first floor the completed house includes the original three bedrooms, makes a nice family bathroom out of the old style separate loo and bathroom arrangement and in the extension: a masterbedroom suite comprising of bedroom, dressing room and en-suite with a large roof light over the stairs to bring light into the heart of the house at first and ground floor levels.
Downstairs in the separate front sitting room is connected to the dining area which is now open plan to the large kitchen family living room with large sliders onto the garden, a playroom and very large utility-pantry, guest toilet and new front porch. To the back the house is connected via a narrow raised patio to the garden with a larger patio in the sunny corner and at the front the driveway and site entrance was adjusted to easily accomodate two cars.
The entire house is insulated to a very high standard, has a good sense of flow and is lovely and bright throughout with plenty of storage throughout.
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