The existing house comprised of a compact layout with small spaces, largely disconnected from each other. Despite a large, south facing garden, the internal rooms had little or no relationship to the outside world. A small window was the only connection between the existing dark kitchen and garden. Our brief was to create bright open spaces suitable for a growing family while allowing them to enjoy the large garden beyond.
Two new pitched roofs wrap around the existing building envelope. This economic solution includes a study, utility, WC and open plan Kitchen/Living/ Dining space and provides more generous bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. While functional spaces replace a seldom used garage at the side, a new family living space overflows into the garden via large sliding doors.
The rear façade plays with different layers and textures. Corrugated cast-in situ concrete and recessed render allow sunlight and shadow to create a plethora of different patterns and compositions as hours, days and months go by.