This project came about, like many domestic projects, as a result of the client’s requirement for more space. The very typical 1930s semi-detached house was struggling to provide its owners, both of whom worked from home and their family with enough space to work and enjoy family life together in the evenings. The initial brief was to design a single storey extension to accommodate a new kitchen and to provide a family room to compensate for the loss of space resulting from the rear reception room functioning as a study.
The rear extension allowed for the opening up of the rear reception room into a generous open plan family area, dining area and modern open plan kitchen. The wide structural opening within the rear wall of the extension accommodates a sliding folding aluminium glazed door with a level threshold which allows the living room to merge with the garden. Finally, automatic roof lights more natural light into the more recessed part of the plan.
The final project has succeeded in transforming a regular 1930s 3 bedroom semi-detached house into a stylish home for a modern 21st century family. This project exemplifies how a relatively small intervention in a property, such as a single storey extension can, when coupled with a holistic approach to internal space planning, dramatically enhance a familiar house type.