Our client approached us with a house that had a number of issues that needed addressing to transform it into their perfect family home.

Over several years, the house had been extended multiple times, resulting in a poorly performing layout. Additionally, the insulation and building fabric were inadequate, and the heating system was not energy-efficient. The stairwell, in particular, lacked natural light, creating a dark and uninviting entrance to the first floor.

The south-facing lean-to conservatory and non-thermally broken aluminum windows were also in disrepair and needed replacing. Moreover, despite its size, the house lacked a family bathroom. 

Our solution involved creating a balanced external appearance by replicating the existing 1st-floor roof form. We introduced French doors to the rear-facing bedrooms to maximize natural light and stunning views over the extensive garden and woodlands.

The ground floor was reconfigured to provide a more natural flow, with immediate views through the library to the mature garden beyond. 

To address the lack of natural light on the 1st floor, we reconfigured the rooms to create a spacious landing area with room to sit. A series of rooflights were installed to provide abundant natural light and passive ventilation through the ‘stack’ effect. A glazed balustrade enhances the open feel of the stairwell, in contrast to its original design.

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