Designs for a single storey rear extension to provide kitchen, dining and open plan living space with Utility Room and downstairs w.c.


Create a light airy and open space and move the kitchen from its current, dark, location into the extension. The client did not want a simple ‘box’ and the extension needed to have a strong link to the garden – something that was lacking in the original house. This led to the angled external wall and multi-faceted roof, which helps define different areas of the space (kitchen / dining / lounge) and provides shelter externally. Large sliding doors and a more open-plan help to create a sense that the garden is part of the house, rather than separated from it.


In addition, the extension is visible and accessible from the main hall of the house which gives a view through to the garden upon entering through the front door. This simple internal change improved the general circulation and flow around the existing house. Refurbishment works were also undertaken to other areas of the house, including the main living room, and first floor bathroom.


The clients are extremely happy with the end result. Along with additional internal alterations, the extension has released the potential of the house, making better use of the existing spaces, and bringing redundant or unattractive areas to the fore. The contemporary design has allowed them to stamp their own personality onto their home, and it has unified the house, both internally and externally, delivering over and above what was asked for in the original brief. A good architect / client relationship has been essential in developing and delivering a vision for the whole property, going beyond a simple rear extension.