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An in­no­va­tively de­signed side ad­di­tion gave Laura Ed­wards and Matt Jack­son the chance to make a mark on their colour­ful fam­ily home

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See how a side ex­ten­sion al­lowed Laura Ed­wards and Matt Jack­son to make a mark on their home


Awk­ward sit­u­a­tions can of­ten lead to cre­ative so­lu­tions, and that was cer­tainly the case with Laura and Matt’s end-of-ter­race house. Keen to stay put but des­per­ate for more space, they looked to the oddly shaped, ta­pered plot of land to the side of their prop­erty as a chance to ex­pand their home and cre­ate an ex­ten­sion that bet­ter ac­com­mo­dated their young fam­ily.

But one ques­tion re­mained: what could they do with such a strange space? With help from a lo­cal ar­chi­tect, the cou­ple de­signed a stand­out ex­ten­sion with real ar­chi­tec­tural merit – a stag­gered struc­ture that fits snugly in a tight space, com­ple­ment­ing the house while set­ting it apart from its neigh­bours. For an or­di­nary ex-coun­cil house to un­dergo such a fan­tas­tic trans­for­ma­tion is no mean feat.

Of course, the in­side of a house is just as im­por­tant as the ex­te­rior, and you can’t un­der­es­ti­mate how dra­mat­i­cally even the small­est ex­ten­sion can im­pact the way you live. As well as cre­at­ing a new light-filled bed­room for the cou­ple, build­ing an ad­di­tion has al­lowed Laura and Matt to re­visit the open-plan lay­out of their house and cre­ate care­fully thought-out zones – all united by the con­sid­ered use of zingy shades through­out. We were keen to delve in­side the cou­ple’s bright and colour­ful home to find out more…

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