A remodelled and extended house balances bright and sculpted contemporary space with richly coloured traditional rooms, whilst carefully balancing a challenging budget.
THE BRIEF The existing house and extension were dark with low headroom due to previous structural works. The living spaces were split over two floors and disconnected from each other and the rear garden. The brief was to transform the dark and cramped living spaces into bright, open and connected spaces and to create an exciting and spacious master bedroom suite.
THE PROPOSAL A new glazed ground floor infill adds light and floor space and another lower ground extension increases floor space while opening the house to the garden. Removing part of the rear ground floor reduces floor space but increases the brightness and usability of the lower ground floor while creating a dramatic double-height space over the kitchen.
The ground floor reception rooms retain a more traditional feel, where the dark blue walls contrast with the light-filled library extension. Upstairs, two dormers and a roof terrace give long external views, and sliding doors link spaces throughout the master suite.
SCULPTED BUDGET Carefully managing the tight budget allowed us to incorporate bespoke detailing and furniture. For cost-efficiency the main structural beams were retained. While this was a potentially restricting element it became a driver for the sculptural ceiling, chamfering to form varying zones within the open plan. Over the living area, two planes with skylights at each corner split the space diagonally, adding drama within the shallow pitched roof.