A traditional farmhouse that had belonged to and was substantially
altered by a previous owner, the architect W J Brewster Grant in the first
decade of the 20th Century. The Clients are keen gardeners and wanted an
extension which would give access to the garden but would not interfere with
the view of the garden particularly from the first floor. A number of schemes
were produced but none seemed to fit the bill. The Clients wanted two distinct
spaces, one for parties and enjoying the indoor/outdoor and the other was a
quiet space slightly hidden away. The
form of the roof allowed the view of the garden from the first floor - now the
master bedroom but originally the principal public room.
By building on the South side it removed the porch which was
anyway little used. Access into the house was through the utility room. More
recently the Clients had formed a parking area to the East, it seemed logical
to put a new main entrance on the East side an elevation which was bland. Part
of the house, particularly the dining room was cold so a new gas fired boiler
was installed in the cellar under the dining room. In carrying this out the
floor was found to be rotten so was replaced introducing insulation; this
completely changed the feeling of the dining room becoming habitable.
There was an opening formed between the kitchen and
the sitting room in an existing alcove - this formed a connection between the
kitchen through the sitting room to the extension and the garden beyond.
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