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 my 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 in the middle of a city.

A small extension containing a 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. There was only one double bedroom, one 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.

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 worked for award winning design-led architecture practices before setting up T Parsons Design Ltd.

At Panter Hudspith Architects Tom helped design the one part of the award winning Oxford Westgate Shopping Centre redevelopment. Tom also worked on the award winning Orchard Gardens housing development in South London. 

At Carl Turner Architects Tom lead the design and hands-on build of an office fit out project and then the technical design of a large new award winning house in Hove.

At Burgess Architects Tom was project architect for a new-build timber framed eco-house in Horsham, 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 and was tutored by Jamie Fobert ArchitectsTom was tutored by digital fabrication researcher Guan Lee, film maker Clara Kraft and Satoshi Isono of Universal Design Studio at Grymsdyke Farm. 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.

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