It's truly a thing of beauty to see an old property merged with something new; especially so, if two vastly different styles work together in harmony. Given that there are many old barns, farmhouses and cottages scattered around the United Kingdom, it comes as no surprise that the owners of these properties are looking to expand the footprint of these historical builds, bringing them in line with 21st century needs. The challenge presented to architecture firm Southpoint, was to reconfigure a section of the ground floor, creating a porch, utility and boot room, all while maintaining the historic integrity of the home. The seamless integration of the new extension is directly connected to the existing rooms in the house, and is really a petite architectural feat that speaks in huge volumes for itself. Take a look…
For those living in a historical or period property, know all too well the challenges that are faced when attempting to renovate or extend. In this instance, the occupants wanted to sensitively blend the original façade of this 17th century farmhouse together with a modern, new addition, increasing the internal living capacity of their home. The large garden was to be the focal point of the extension, positioning the glass to look out towards the luscious green view.
To understand the material quality of the building, it is essential to look more closely at the finer details. The exterior fabric consists of unfinished materials such as natural stone from a local quarry, Western Red cedar cladding and galvanised steel. The cedar board cladding is one of those incredible natural materials that changes appearance as it ages, in due time, weathering to a wonderful shade of silver to complement the steel frames.
From inside, the relationship between the light source, garden and extension is apparent. You can see how the glass sliding doors open up to allow the outside in, creating a wonderful juxtaposition between the two spaces. Whether it's for entertaining with friends or relaxing in solitude, this stunning light filled extension is the perfect place to forget the time and day for a moment and just relax. The mix of mid-century designer furniture and exotic decorative elements creates an interesting balance, showing that the fusion of vastly different decorating styles is indeed possible.
Our last view before we leave this quaint English cottage is of the sitting area. Maintaining the calm, neutral colour palette seen throughout, the radiant and bright extension is proof that you needn't pack up and move house to give your existing home a totally new look and feel. The carefully positioned skylights on the roof allow the internal colour scheme to change depending on the weather—the glow when the days are stormy, versus the days that when the sky is blue will alter the ambience in such a way that the interior layout will feel as though its forever changing.
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