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Extension to ‘Sophie’s House’

  A change in our client’s circumstances meant that they were now the occupants of the house that we had originally designed for their daughter in the garden of their former family home. Having lived in the house for some time they had realised a desire for a separate living room and additional wardrobe space for the master bedroom. They also wished to improve the only first floor bedroom to provide more comfortable accommodation for children and grandchildren who visit regularly. Our approach sought to maintain the visual integrity of the original house with the addition of a ‘projecting box’, a contrasting architectural form in matching materials. The extension features strategically placed openings to take advantage of views of the beautiful garden and forms a south-facing courtyard. Internally the extension creates a well-proportioned space in which our client can relax when their assistance as grandparents is not required!

Panoramic garden room extension

 This small but effective addition to a circa 1970’s house was inspired by the recently implemented landscaping scheme which features interesting angled patios and raised beds in a clean, modern style. The concept for the extension was to harmonise with the landscape designer’s stylistic approach and this is reflected in the plan form and the volume of the garden room. The shape of the extension coupled with the sloping ceiling created some design challenges in particular in relation to the construction of the roof as the height at which it abuts the walls changes gradually almost all the way around the perimeter which adds to the interest of the space internally. The extension provides our client with a comfortable dining space with an unobstructed panoramic view of the garden where previously the visual connection was rather limited. Through the incorporation of transparent corners views from other rooms with a garden facing aspect are largely maintained thereby reducing the impact of the extension on our clients enjoyment of such spaces.

Extension to Listed Building

This Listed building and former Courthouse had been converted to a small house and extended at lower ground level to the rear with a timber and glazed addition incorporating living accommodation. We were appointed to look at converting an existing loft space adding additional bedroom accommodation, but a pre-application process revealed this would not be supported. Therefore, alternative options were presented and a side extension proved to be the preferred option. The new addition aims to be diminutive with accommodation tucked into an under-croft level, appearing single-storey from the street. The architecture is also modern in style and broken away from the existing, but utilizing similar materials for visual continuity.

Hillside extension

Our clients had recently purchased this mid-century gem with jaw dropping views overlooking the Derwent valley to the rear. The existing house is upside down, with bedroom on the lower level and clings to a steep slope with the rear garden a further level down. Space to the side of the house presented the most obvious location for an extension, replacing a dilapidated patio area. We designed a two-storey extension to tone in with the modern architecture, with large-format glazing to the south overlooking the valley and access out at lower-ground level from the master suite to a new terrace area.

External Terrace

 This small project makes a big impact! This property has access to particularly impressive vistas but, frustratingly, the former arrangement didn’t allow our client to enjoy the setting fully. We devised a scheme to alter and extend the existing, narrow, raised patio with a circular layout forming an external dining area.
The cylindrical form is wrapped in larch to sympathetically contrast with stonework which features heavily in the original building. A helical stone staircase, beautifully built by H.A Briddon of Tansley, leads to an external lower terrace providing further entertaining space for maximum enjoyment of the gardens and wider landscape.

The Homestead

 A fast flowing watercourse that runs past the house provided an interesting challenge to what was otherwise a fairly straightforward brief! Our response was a glass-enclosed ‘floating’ bridge over the watercourse to more functional utility and bathroom spaces. The extension reads as a garden pavilion, providing an impressive entrance courtyard and improved access to a peaceful, leafy garden beyond.

Sydnope Stand

 It’s not every day we get asked to design an extension to a castle!!!! Pre-application discussions with planning and conservation officers proved lengthy given that the former hunting lodge is within the original curtilage of the listed Sydnope Hall.


The modern extension is cut into the sloping site and appears subservient to the host building. The verticality of the façade treatment reflects the dense woodland surrounding the extension and views out of the living and bedroom spaces give the feeling of being in the tree canopy. A feature plywood wall brings the woodland inside.