Oak Timber Frame House Extension, Gatley, Cheshire, Manchester:  Terrace by Grant Erskine Architects

The Great Manchester Bungalow Extension

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Bungalows are a timeless building, with the style being indicative of welcoming family homes. Most bungalows in the United Kingdom were built between the period of 1925-1960, and are praised for their convenient, single-storey home design.

In Gatley, a suburban area of Greater Manchester, the clients of architects from Grant Erskine had a rather unpleasant experience with their previous designer, and were looking for a firm to fix the problems that were created. After gaining building approval, the firm redesigned many of the previous construction details and oversaw the construction process. The end result is a well resolved and timeless design, and is somewhere the occupants are absolutely thrilled to call their home.

Take a look!

In progress: New foundations

Oak Timber Frame House Extension, Gatley, Cheshire, Manchester:  Terrace by Grant Erskine Architects
Grant Erskine Architects

Oak Timber Frame House Extension, Gatley, Cheshire, Manchester

Grant Erskine Architects

Let's take a moment to flashback to the extension while it was in progress.

Here, you can see the cement for the new floor has been laid. You will also notice the existing home has been stripped back and readied for the new covered veranda and a fresh lick of paint.

After: The proud new extension

Oak Timber Frame House Extension, Gatley, Cheshire, Manchester: classic Dining room by Grant Erskine Architects
Grant Erskine Architects

Oak Timber Frame House Extension, Gatley, Cheshire, Manchester

Grant Erskine Architects

From the outside, you can view the new extension work and additional veranda in full. The stunning oak timber framing complements the stark white render and slate grey roof tiling. It also matches the vernacular of the existing building, retaining the original look, yet with an updated twist. 

You can just imagine in the warmer weather how much this space will be used and benefited from. In solitude with a cup of tea and a good book, or even to host a lunch or dinner with a small group of friends.

After: It's in the details

Oak Timber Frame House Extension, Gatley, Cheshire, Manchester: classic Dining room by Grant Erskine Architects
Grant Erskine Architects

Oak Timber Frame House Extension, Gatley, Cheshire, Manchester

Grant Erskine Architects

Exposed oak timber frames were installed to create this stunning dining space. You can catch a glimpse of the kitchen in the background through the doors. It's therefore possible to see the relationship between the two spaces. 

The beauty of the framework is unmissable, as is the soft natural light that flows in through the roof lights. The height of the ceilings not only increases the volume of the space, but also makes it feel spacious and airy.

After: Dine in style

Oak Timber Frame House Extension, Gatley, Cheshire, Manchester:  Windows  by Grant Erskine Architects
Grant Erskine Architects

Oak Timber Frame House Extension, Gatley, Cheshire, Manchester

Grant Erskine Architects

From this angle, you are able to understand the relationship between the new dining room and the outdoor area. The occupants and guests are able to dine in a wonderful ambience of both good design and a wonderful view. 

The choice of furniture is complementary to the new framework, linking the structural elements of the home together with the decorative features.

After: Kitchen capers

Oak Timber Frame House Extension, Gatley, Cheshire, Manchester: classic Kitchen by Grant Erskine Architects
Grant Erskine Architects

Oak Timber Frame House Extension, Gatley, Cheshire, Manchester

Grant Erskine Architects

Wow, what a contrast! The new kitchen is the epitome of contemporary luxury. The suspended range hood, which hangs over the stove top on the kitchen island, totally changes the dynamic of standard kitchen design. This keeps the kitchen feeling spacious and large, and retains a long line of sight. 

The expanse of worktops provides a wonderful space for the occupants to cook and entertain. The open nature is also conducive to interaction, meaning conversation can be had before a meal even when guests are seated in the neighbouring dining room.

After: A room with a view

Oak Timber Frame House Extension, Gatley, Cheshire, Manchester: classic Bedroom by Grant Erskine Architects
Grant Erskine Architects

Oak Timber Frame House Extension, Gatley, Cheshire, Manchester

Grant Erskine Architects

The bedroom, which is housed inside the far left-hand side of the house, is also blessed with a wonderful view of the outdoors. Both the dining room and bedroom have double doors that open out, allowing the outdoor air and landscape to penetrate the inside of the home during all seasons. 

So, whether the floor-to-ceiling glazing is used to watch the rainfall from the comfort of the bed, or to wake up in the spring time bathed in light, the occupants will never forget the presence of nature close by.

After: Bath time

Oak Timber Frame House Extension, Gatley, Cheshire, Manchester: classic Bathroom by Grant Erskine Architects
Grant Erskine Architects

Oak Timber Frame House Extension, Gatley, Cheshire, Manchester

Grant Erskine Architects

New bathrooms were also part of the extension and, as you can see, no detail was spared. The beautiful textured wall rendering looks stunning against the black tile work and freestanding bathtub and fixtures.

What a wonderful place to relax and soak away all the worries and troubles. The contrast between the vastly difference interior themes creates a point of difference, allowing each space to have its own identity.

To explore another Manchester renovation project, check out: Revolutionising a Bland Manchester Home.

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