An extension to a 2 storey detached house in the south of Liverpool.


The clients had been living in the house for a number of years, and wanted to extend to improve the layout and provide more space for the family. The main focus of the work was to create an open-plan kitchen / dining area and to improve the functionality of the kitchen. It was also important to maintain a separate utility space, as was the relationship with the garden. With a young family, it was essential that the spaces were practical but, also allowed room for play, both inside and out.


A number of solutions were considered, including opening up the full width of the rear of the house. However, the final design reduced the size of the extension in order to maximise the useable garden space, while maintaining separation between the open plan kitchen / diner and the lounge. This also allowed the existing small dining room to become a dedicated play area with its own outdoor space. The design of the deep, angled window visually links this area with the kitchen and brings light deeper into the plan. The utility room was relocated within the now redundant garage, and the kitchen has been designed with plenty of storage to grow into. The choice of cladding was to deliberately distinguish between the old and the new and, as it weathers, will sit comfortable in its garden setting.


Understanding and sharing the client vision from the start of the project is essential, and here it allowed us to refine the design options to arrive at the optimum solution for the family. The end result has given them the extra space they needed while maximising the external space. Good communication and swift resolution of site issues when they arose, helped to take the stress out of the process for the client and keep the enthusiasm for the project going, despite the inevitable disruption.