A Light Touch
Architect Andy Ramus of AR Design Studio explains how an internal remodel and dramatic extension breathes new life into this Grade II-listed home
A listed home is dramatically remodelled and extended
After moving back to the UK from Hong Kong, our clients bought this Grade II-listed Victorian red-brick property, having fallen for its scale and charm. They approached our team at AR Design
Studio to help bring it up to modern standards and provide a much-needed connection to their stunning garden.
Our approach focused on a sensitive restoration along with the addition of a 98m2 rear extension to house an open plan kitchen/dining/living area.
Three steps separate the old and the new, guiding the homeowners into the horizontal space of the extension, where the views of the garden and pool are revealed. (Large double-glazed sliding doors in the extension open to blur the boundaries between inside and out.)
A 1.5m-wide glass link provides a ‘light-touch’ approach and reduces the impact on the listed building, allowing the character of its brickwork to be enjoyed. Open doorways between this new space and the existing property also allow light to flood deep into the house.
The ‘garden room’ hub of the home has been clad in darkgrey fibre-cement board, chosen for its clean character and large format, and to match the tone and colour of the existing slate roof. This theme is continued in the use of large 3m x 2m ceramic grey tiles for the pool, landscaping and the interior floor, with a flush threshold throughout to unite the spaces inside and out.
Where once the house loomed over its quiet garden, now it embraces and draws it in. The existing spaces within this home were redecorated, period features rejuvenated and the original timber floor exposed and treated. The entrance and side hall also now feature a bespoke glass and timber staircase, designed to help flood the spaces with light. This sympathetic restoration has helped invigorate the once dark home with light and space.
A Modern Addition The existing Grade II-listed Victorian property (above), despite its size, suffered from a poor connection with the large garden and was very dated internally. Thanks to a large ‘garden room’ glazed extension (far right), the home now benefits from a new contemporary kitchen/dining/living space which both overlooks and opens out onto a patio area and the garden beyond. Extensive use of glass here also allows the newly renovated interiors to benefit from borrowed natural daylight.