The house is a locally listed semi detached Victorian house in the Harpenden conservation area.
It had been unsympathetically extended creating a compromised kitchen and dining area,which was out of scale and proportion with the main house. It had low ceilings, was cold and very dark.We were approached by our client to explore options to expand and reconfigure the kitchen area to create a larger kitchen/diner with a social space for family and friends.
They wanted the house to have a better connection with the garden. The solution was to move the kitchen to be more centrally located on the ground floor – becoming the heart of the home, with a large flexible dining and living space to give them the space to entertain their friends and family. A separate playroom was a bonus feature which also lead to a 1st floor snug/den for their children.
We looked at creating a visual and physical link with the garden by employing large areas of glazing on the rear extension. A large roof lantern also brought natural light into the deep plan to maintain good levels of natural light to the house.
The design of the orangery reflects the proportions and scale of the existing house and is a pleasing addition to the property.
Elsewhere we converted the loft into a master bedroom with a feature bathtub. This also involved reconfiguring the existing staircase layout and family bathroom to better effect.