Extending a home is always fraught with risk, especially in the case of period properties. it’s all too easy to compromise the integrity of the original building itself and the natural inclination is to try to match the style of the extension to that of the property – i’m sure we’ve all seen the results when this approach goes awry. however, often an extension is far more successful if the aim is not to create a homogenous look, but instead to make it very clear that the addition is just that: an addition. For a shining example of this theory in practice, see page 72. In this case, a listed former brickworks in oxfordshire has been given new life and made family friendly, not with a faux 18th-century stone-built extension, but with a modern glass box design, which won the council’s approval due to its clarity.
Creating a sense of cohesion throughout a home can be difficult, whether or not you’ve added an extension, and i’m envious of those who have gone boldly back to scratch and completely reinvented the interiors of a long-standing family property. Thinking of my own home i have to admit that i wouldn’t include a teenage boy’s bedroom in my dream scheme – not that i begrudge my son’s presence, of course. turn to page 84 and you will see what has been achieved by one homeowner once her children had flown the nest and she didn’t have to consider the practicalities of family life in her aesthetic.
Elsewhere in this issue, you’ll find a contemporary spin on the well-loved country look (page 61), our pick of stylish linen napkins (page 37), covetable furnishings showcasing the marbling trend (page 21) and delicious seasonal seafood recipes (page 163) – there’s all sorts to inspire and delight.