Greenhill Road, Winchester

The work undertaken to this post-war semi is typical of our approach to transforming modest homes on a constrained plot.

The property was in need of immediate total refurbishment while a second phase was planned to extend the living space and create a fourth bedroom. The resulting property provided balanced accommodation and a well lit family room to the north-facing garden.

This 1950’s semi-detached house was identical to many such homes. The initial phase refurbished the house and created a larger kitchen across the rear of the house. The second phase extended the kitchen into a large family and dining room with large sliding doors to the garden under a generous overhanging green roof.

The main family living space was relocated to the garden room and was provided with a corner window to take advantage of the views over Winchester. The two-storey side extension provided a study, utility room and a master bedroom suite to complete the transformation of the house. Careful space planning made good use of the narrower side rooms with the fourth bedroom on the first floor rather than extending into the loft as is more typical.

Windows in the extension framed views of nearby trees with a tall window to the study extending above the ceiling to mitigate for the sloping front garden. These design elements captured the best aspects of the setting for practically zero cost.

The external design of the extension utilised standard components to good effect. The aluminium gutters provided a crisp edge to the roof overhang. Mirror sides to the roof light visually expanded it making the upstand effectively disappear. Spending a bit more on certain elements enhanced the overall look of the extension for a relatively small investment.

By focussing on designing for space, light and the views out we created a large and much loved home.

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