New Extension Proposals for 1940’s house in Frome, Wiltshire – 2014
This client had lived in this house for a number of years when they decided that they would refurbish the entire house. They had done the upper floors, and then wanted to start the ground floor but had no idea how they could change the layout to incorporate a large living area, a dining area and the kitchen. My job was to provide them with a concept, not only showing them the possibilities for the new layout, but also some suggestions of styling, and colour. They both love vibrant colour and quirky objects, so the mood boards are a reflection of the brief.
Before work started there was a small kitchen, a utility room, and a downstairs loo, alongside a sitting room, with a nasty extension from the kitchen. These were, effectively the back of the house, which overlooks a very lovely long sunny garden.
The idea was to open up the spaces, remove the existing extension, and incorporate the garden in the concept.
It was decided that an extension, not extending any further than the original one, but stretching along the entire back elevation, would be a good solution. This could incorporate a dining area, and allow an undisturbed view from the kitchen (reconfigured) and the sitting room (re-planned).
They wanted to use weather boarding on the outside, as it complimented the stonework of the house, and is a relatively cheap and quick to build option. They also wanted to have bi-fold doors along the whole of the garden wall of this extension, so that in clement weather they could open up the whole space, not only for them, but their animals and their guests.
Within the new floor plan, I managed to incorporate a new shower room, along with a toilet, and condense the laundry room size, so that it became more efficient use of space. There is also provision for recycling, under cover, accessed for both inside and outside. This was important as they have to recycle virtually every item for their local council.
A rubber floor was decided on as it is very hard wearing, comes in great solid colours. Re-purposed furniture was also important as they try to be conscious of waste etc. LED lighting was also a requirement as LED does not produce heat and is very cheap to run.
A stainless steel worktop was incorporated where the sink and dishwasher was located, as it is seamless and very easy to keep clean. The worktop in the rest of the kitchen was more ‘decorative’ as it was part of the living area, so could be more ‘furniture’ like.
A bright and colourful space, with views into the garden by day and night, it has proved to be a great success, and is used very well.