detail of extension

The Brief

This Brighton based project consisted of a contemporary extension to a Victorian house, set  in a conservation area. 

The challenge here was to create both an intimate space that allowed the clients to connect with nature whilst facilitating space for the wider family, consisting of 20 people, to sit and share meals together in a social setting. 

This saw the demolition of the existing conservatory space in order to create an 18sqm extension, which would house a dining table and seating area to extend off the existing kitchen of the family home.

dining room, rooflights, french doors, interior

The Design

The design intention was to create a contemporary extension that allowed natural light to flood in, whilst providing an aesthetic that was also unique, characterful and not too modern, to reflect the unique identity of the homeowners. 

To create this, we sourced repurposed old Victorian windows, each unique in size to enhance the sense of individuality and charm. In addition to the variety and shapes of the windows, timber cladded detailing and the expression of the guttering enhanced the properties uniqueness.

As we wanted to flood the space with natural light, five roof lights were inserted into the roof which brought in a lot more natural light in comparison to vertical glazing systems. This allowed maximum levels of daylight to fill the space and bounce the brightness into darker corners of the room.

Roof lights, french doors, interior

The Process

Due to the conservation area requirements conservation consent was required from the local authority. 

Supplementary to this was a full package of drawings, structural calculations, building regulations certification, and a detailed specification document. 

Designed in collaboration with Nikki Blustin.

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