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.