oak brow

The sensitive addition of a car barn and rear extension to provide much needed modern ancillary accommodation to a special 19th century house in a conservation area. Soft brickwork, cedar cladding and decorative steelwork reference the existing make-up of brick and half-timbered construction.

The project included demolishing a tall detached brick garage from the rear garden to open up views from the living spaces, increase the size of the garden and light levels in the property. A new car barn was sited perpendicular to the house to create a courtyard feel to the front of the property, privacy to the rear gardens and garaging. A glass link with exposed brick walls and stone floors creates a new and practical family entrance to the house with access to a new study over the barn which overlooks bee hives in the fields beyond.

The rear extension has a large a sitting room with double sided fire, bi-folding doors off the existing kitchen. Secret doors either side lead to a new ground floor WC, laundry room, dog room and plant rm. The roof of the extension is a stunning roof terrace off the master suite with external stairs down to the garden with hot tub and entertaining spaces.

Overall the project was needed to add practical spaces to support the existing living spaces but the outcome has included the addition of exciting and architectural new spaces with changes of scale and surprises.

What was once a house with a single direction of flow is now a fully connected and visually exciting property with contemporary interiors for its family.