Prompted by changes in the pattern of domestic life over the lifetime of this late 19th Century semi-detached house, the Client asked CDA to rationalise the ground floor spaces to suit 21st Century living.
An open plan kitchen/dining area was created by combining the old kitchen and scullery. Enlarging the footprint of the rear outshot gives a large family room, with direct access to the west facing garden. The new walls of this room are punctured by full-height windows with frames hidden behind the masonry reveals giving a clean frameless appearance - allowing good afternoon and evening light into the space.
Externally the extension is of St Ives Brick. The walls, with a low parapet, create a solid box-like architecture which contrasts with the concealed glazing system.
The previously unoccupied basement now contains an entertainment room and study which receive natural light via a redundant coal-chute and walk-on glazed panel.