Can an extension transform the rest of the house?

People often think of a house extension as adding a room, but they can be so much more than that. A small extension, when combined with an altered the circulation route and a couple of roof lights, can transform a home beyond recognition.

This is even more the case in older properties, which have often been built around completely different ways of living and are very seldom built in response to their surroundings. I love working with unloved cottages and countryside homes just calling out for a new lease of life, these often have small windows with beautiful views just waiting to be exploited.

Take our Coast House project as an example, this used to be just a typical small terraced house. The bedrooms had sea views but the living spaces in the ground floor were dark and uninspiring, they could have been anywhere. A small extension containing a new bathroom allowed the whole home to be reconfigured. The kitchen became the staircase and the living space was moved upstairs. The ground floor rooms became two generous double bedrooms. The result is that house now has three double bedrooms and a bright, airy living space with sea views where there was one double bedroom, a single bedroom and a box room before.

Working with an architect can help you unlock the untapped potential of your home by carefully reconsidering the design from first principles - principles of daylight, orientation, practicality and nature.

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About Me  

Architecture should be uplifting and memorable, it should feel permanent and durable. It should be relevant to its place, framing key views and oriented to the climatic conditions, bringing natural light deep within. I am committed to producing unique and memorable spaces and are a delight to inhabit.

Tom Parsons is an ambitous and creative young architect with a growing portfolio of impressive extensions, renovations and new homes. 

Prior to working alone Tom gained experience at award winning design-led architecture practices in London. At Panter Hudspith Architects, a practice known for designing sensitive additions to historic contexts, Tom worked on the RIBA and RICS award winning redevelopment of the Oxford Westgate Shopping Centre. Following this Tom worked on the large West Grove South ‘mixed-use’ development in Elephant and Castle. West Grove South was a finalist for the ‘Best Large Housing Development’ Brick Award and received a Commondation for the ‘Urban Regeneration’ Brick Award.

At ‘Grand Designs’ famous Carl Turner Architects Tom lead a hands-on build of the an office fit out project and then the technical design of a large new build home on a back-land site in Hove. At Burgess Architects Tom was brought in as project architect for a new-build timber frame eco-house in Horsham and a high-spec loft conversion project in Fulham. Tom also worked on a series of other unique residential projects in South London and heritage settings in Dulwich.

Tom recieved a Distinction at The Royal College of Art, the world’s number one art and design university, and was tutored by the Jamie Fobert Architects, award winning architects of the Tate St Ives and current National Portrait Gallery redevelopment. Tom was also tutored by digital fabrication researcher Guan Lee, film maker Clara Kraft and Satoshi Isono of Universal Design Studio at Grymsdyke Farm.

Prior to the RCA Tom recieved a First Class BA(Hons) Architecture from The University of Sheffeld and completed his professional accreditation at the University of Westminster.

Tom has taught Architecture at the University for the Creative Arts and The University of Sheffield at Post Graduate Level.

After four and a half years growing a portfolio of work as a self-employed ‘sole trader’, Tom has establised T Parsons Design Ltd in September 2021

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