Harestock Road, Winchester

The work undertaken to this 1970s suburban home is typical of our approach to creating a stunning home from unassuming beginnings.

The property was in need of refurbishment and redevelopment to a scale more suited to its large plot. Our extension created the additional space needed and transformed the exterior to create a contemporary makeover suited to its wooded plot.

This 1970s built detached house was cut off from the south-facing rear garden.  Our solution was to double the footprint of the house with a large kitchen and family room occupying that half of the ground floor.  The generous space was an economic way of adding space with carefully placed roof lights to allow light deep into the plan.

Bifold doors were placed centrally opposite the kitchen island and dining table in an external recess to provide solar shading in the height of summer. Windows on either side of the doors create three different activity zones across the back of the house.

The island was positioned facing the garden to take in the view rather than being arranged in line with a side wall as is more typical. This required a radically different approach to the kitchen design where the bulk of the storage was placed in a large walk-in pantry in the windowless space in the centre of the house. An added benefit of this arrangement meant that a bespoke kitchen was within budget and designed around the size of the single marble slab from which all of the work surfaces was cut.

Upstairs, a similar approach was adopted for the bedroom extension. A large bedroom with high ceilings and cross ventilation provides night-time cooling in the summer months. A high degree of insulation within the timber structure ensures comfort and lower heating costs in winter. This adoption of passive design principles results in a more comfortable environment and lower running costs.

Externally the extension and existing building were covered in durable ebony painted larch cladding. This provided a cohesive updated external appearance while respecting the best aspects of the late twentieth-century design.

The final aspect of the design was the external spaces which are key to the enjoyment of the property. Large patios and a deck area create spaces for relaxation and play. It also results in an easily manageable garden without looking dull.

The design took a standard house and turned it into a large and adaptable family home ideally suited to its setting and orientation.

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