Rear Extension for Flexible Social Living
The house at Bavant Road is an early 20th century family home located in a prime position near to Preston Park, Brighton. The clients had previously carried out work to convert the loft giving the home a larger upstairs but they lacked a desirable living space to match. The client’s children had all grown up and they wanted space for large family get-togethers and other social occasions. The brief was to create an open plan living, dining and kitchen area without it being too vast and open so maintaining a sense of separate zones for the activities they wanted to use the space for. The site has a spacious garden and they wanted to maximise the connection to it from the house. Their key aspiration for the property was to make them feel they were sitting in the garden even when the weather didn’t allow.
ARCH-angels Architects worked with the client to create an extension within Permitted Development (PD) limits so the design extended 2.25m, which was enough to create the space they wanted, whilst still maintaining a good sized garden. We selected large slim-framed sliding doors to maximise the visual link. The scale of the doors and the minimal framework has created almost uninterrupted views outside. These doors had to be triple glazed in order to meet Building Regulations on glazing and U values 0.94W/m2 K
The space is split into three linked but distinct zones of cooking, eating and living. A lighting scheme was developed to create different focal points for different social scenarios. As well as the large sliding doors the client wanted sky lights to bring light into the north east facing space.
The architecture is complimented by a finely crafted bespoke kitchen by Tom Howley, a London-based manufacturer. The kitchen island functions as a cooking and preparation space but also looks like a fine piece of furniture, making the space feel welcoming and warm.
Working with local contractor Walder Construction the project went to site in summer 2016. The challenges dealt with by the team were mainly around the large rear triple glazed doors. These doors were heavy and their manufacturing time extended far beyond what was initially expected. Walder Construction had built the space but the doors were not delivered and the client had to spend Christmas in a makeshift enclosed space using the old doors and Plywood sheets to keep the space secure and warm as well as a temporary kitchen. After Christmas, the doors were delivered and these large heavy units were fitted in place finishing off the build perfectly.
The result was a very usable and adaptable space that the clients were happy with and love to use. The aspiration of bringing the garden into the house was met and all parties are very happy with the final product.
Photography by Light Trick Photography