The brief was to provide a contemporary kitchen, dining and living area within the ground floor and a master bedroom with en-suite over the first floor.
Part of the existing house has also been reconfigured to rationalise the previously disjointed arrangement of rooms and provide a more symmetrical floor plan true to Georgian design principles.
Because the property is in a conservation area, the design of the first-floor addition, visible from the street, draws inspiration from the vernacular of the existing property and surrounding village.
It has been conceived as an ancillary ‘pavilion type’ structure connected to the main house via a glazed link.
A contemporary oak frame has full-height glazing that maximises views of the gardens. The lightweight nature of this ground floor extension juxtaposes with the heavy masonry walls of the existing, distinguishing old from new.
A formal courtyard garden maximises the amount of light entering the space and forms a set-piece around which to arrange the new accommodation. It also facilitates cross-ventilation to passively cool the main living space during the summer months.
The pergola structure provides solar shading for the glazed façade, while triple glazing using solar-reflective glass improves the thermal efficiency of the building’s envelope.
The ceiling of the master bedroom is vaulted with a central rooflight above. A roof terrace over the pergola is accessed from the bedroom.
The challenge of this project was to create a two-storey addition that is sympathetic to the host building while minimising its visual impact on the conservation area as the building is very prominent along the high street.
We proposed a contemporary addition along the ground floor that was lightweight in appearance to reduce its visual impact on the existing property. The contemporary addition was constructed out of oak and glass to contrast with the heavy masonry walls of the mock Georgian house.
At first floor, the addition was visible from the high street, which required a very different approach – its vernacular was designed to be more in keeping with the surrounding village and the host building itself. The design challenge to make the contemporary and traditional elements of the new parts work in harmony with one another while complementing the existing property.
As well as extending the house, we reconfigured the existing building throughout to create symmetry across the floor plan and improve its legibility – this approach is more in keeping with Georgian design principles.
Will Gamble, director, Will Gamble Architects
Will Gamble Architects has achieved something we never thought possible. He has transformed the way we live and use our home so that every inch is functional yet beautiful.
We bought our home over 10 years ago, seeing the potential for further improvement, but decided to wait and see how we used it first. The house is situated in the corner of the site and the traditional interior layout really didn’t work for our growing family.
We found we only used about 40 per cent of the downstairs space with the kitchen being located in the darkest corner of the house and opposite the garden. As the house is of Georgian design we didn’t want to extend to the side and create an unsymmetrical vista as the symmetry of the house is what initially attracted us.
We spoke to several architects before finding Will and were immediately impressed with his enthusiasm and obvious excitement at quite a challenging brief. He approached the design in such a unique way, suggesting solutions and designs that nobody else had.
We put our total trust in him and allowed him quite a free reign on all of the interior design details which have made all of the difference to the finished product. He has managed to be sympathetic to the original house while adding an incredible light-filled kitchen, living area and master en-suite bedroom.
Will Gamble Architects has enabled us to have the most amazing house and home.
Start on site September 2019
Completion date March 2022
Gross internal floor area 400m²
Gross (internal + external) floor area 450m²
Form of contract or procurement route Design–Bid–Build, JCT Minor Works CDP
Construction cost Undisclosed
Architect Will Gamble Architects
Interior designer Will Gamble Architects
Landscape designer Will Gamble Architects
Structural engineer Axiom Structures
Joinery Charnwood Kitchens & interiors
Principal designer Will Gamble Architects
Approved building inspector jhai
Main contractor James Gamble Construction
CAD software used Vectorworks