Project DescriptionFROM THE ARCHITECTS:
Creating a light and modern family home within a run-down two-storey Victorian terraced house.
College Road had been empty for a year when the client purchased the small Victorian terrace property with the intention of making it their family home. Its layout was typical to the period of the property and had previously been extended, creating a utility to the rear, leaving very little garden space.
The design approach was to demolish the extension and replace it with a side return extension thus allowing for a full width living space to the rear of the property, opening out onto the now larger garden. The ground floor was opened up, allowing a view through the house to the garden and allowing for light to reach the centre of the space, which had previously been very dark, with the kitchen was relocated to the front of the property and the living area to the rear. This increases privacy to the living area and ensures a strong connection with the garden.
At first floor level, the chimneybreast in the outrigger was removed, creating a larger third bedroom. Relocating the door to this bedroom allowed the floor to be rationalised and increased, so that it could be used efficiently for a family with young children. The alterations and upgrade to the property allows the client to remain in their home as the family grows.