‘Our rear extension has a twist’
Rob and Vicki Volpe added two bedrooms and an extension that solved the problem of an angled plot
With five-bedroom homes out of their price range, Rob and Vicki Volpe went hunting for a project. ‘When we found this house, we planned to change three bedrooms to five and extend into the garden to create a kitchen and family room,’ says Rob.
FINDING AN ANGLE
The 90m garden was at a 30-degree angle to the rear of the house and the couple wanted a large extension that would face into the garden. ‘Several architects came up with plans for an extension built flat against the back of the house,’ says Rob. ‘That would have meant a view of the hedge, which we didn’t want.’
Architect Jeremy Lim solved the issue of the angled plot with an extension that rotates out from the existing house in order to face directly along the garden. The first floor was extended to add two bedrooms. ‘The extension is so large that, inside, you don’t notice that it’s at an angle,’ says Rob. ‘Your eye is drawn to the large windows.’
IN THE ZONE
Different zones within the open plan area allow the family to be together, with each being able to do their own thing. ‘We now have the five bedrooms and the large, modern kitchen and family room that we wanted,’ says Rob.
THE OLD CONSERVATORY BLOCKED VIEWS AND ACCESS TO THE GARDEN