Two - storey extension with Redwood cladding and render to compliment the original red brick.

It was becoming apparent that the family was out-growing the 1940's three bedroomed home and that extending the property was the most attractive option due to the quiet, countryside location and the good-sized garden. 

Having worked with an architect for the build requirements of a two-storey, rear extension we then proceeded to reconfigure the internal spaces to create a contemporary, new living and dining area and an upstairs master bedroom with an ensuite, while the old living room became a multi-functioning office, gaming and music room.  We also extended the front entrance into a spacious hallway.  All while the family lived onsite!

We implimented all aspects of the internal reconfiguration of the living room, the open-plan kitchen and dining area, the family bathroom, the new master bedroom and ensuite and the new entrance hallway...

                                        .. our priorities being good natural light, the practical needs of                                               the family and lots of storage!

The dining area (above) is to the left of the kitchen units, this area was originally the coal store and downstairs loo, we removed the wall between the kitchen and this room, lined and raised the floor, replaced the flat roof with a pitched roof creating a lovely sense of space which is flooded with light from the west-facing window. The door under the clock leads to a cloakroom that also houses the tank and workings of the air source heat pump which heats the home's radiators and water.

To help keep the kitchen streamlined and clutter-free, we removed all eye level units and created a pantry to the right of the oven, containing the fridge and microwave - making good use of the understairs space. For the breakfast bar we upcycled a reductant cherry wood table top and partnered with comfortable, high backed stools to relax with a cuppa in...

A big part of the brief was to have a fun space that would suit an active family and yet transition to a relaxed and sophisticated space for the evening.  The style of the spaces was influenced by the owners' love of natural materials and textures which we used in unusual ways to create interest and a unity throughout.  The natural materials also soften the acoustics in large, semi-open plan places like this.

The following year we installed an air-source heat pump and solar photovoltaic panels to replace the oil boiler.