Kent glass extension

A stunning minimal copper and glass extension is the most recent addition to a Kent farmhouse dating from 1694.

Copper and glass extension to grade 2 listed kent farmhouse Copper and glass extension to grade 2 listed kent farmhouse
Copper and glass extension to grade 2 listed kent farmhouse Copper and glass extension to grade 2 listed kent farmhouse
Copper and glass extension to grade 2 listed kent farmhouse Copper and glass extension to grade 2 listed kent farmhouse
Copper and glass extension to grade 2 listed kent farmhouse Copper and glass extension to grade 2 listed kent farmhouse
Copper and glass extension to grade 2 listed kent farmhouse Copper and glass extension to grade 2 listed kent farmhouse
Copper and glass extension to grade 2 listed kent farmhouse Copper and glass extension to grade 2 listed kent farmhouse
Copper and glass extension to grade 2 listed kent farmhouse Copper and glass extension to grade 2 listed kent farmhouse
Kent glass extension

A stunning minimal copper and glass extension is the most recent addition to a Kent farmhouse dating from 1694.

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The traditional cottage is located on a west facing wooded escarpment with stunning views towards Bristol and the clients wished to create a garden room which would enable them to enjoy the views all year round, even when the weather hits the cottage at full force.  We had worked with them several years ago to restore the damp, dark cottage into a comfortable characterful home and this extension is the final phase of alterations.

The small single storey portion of the cottage at the north end had the best views but was a narrow underused space.  By removing the French doors and connecting the space into a new light room, this area has been transformed.   Velfac double glazing has been installed within a timber frame to give views on three sides, and create a light “see through” room, fitting within the overall scale of the house.   Highly insulated roof and floor boost the thermal performance of the space.  Simple internal finishes include solid oak boards over underfloor heating, to match the original part of the room; contemporary furniture enables the owners to relax and enjoy the views.  They are delighted and it was a pleasure for us to work with them again.  Bath Style Ltd were the contractors, producing a carefully crafted building as on many of our projects with them.

Kent glass extension

A stunning minimal glass extension to a Kent farmhouse has recently been completed. The listed farmhouse dates from 1694 and has evolved and grown over the centuries. It has attractive timber boarded and red brick walls overarched by a sweeping clay tile roof. However traditional small windows did not maximise the connection with the beautiful gardens and the existing kitchen was small and dark. In contrast the new extension, designed by Hetreed Ross Architects, is glazed on three sides allowing the new room to sit completely in the landscape.

Hetreed Ross undertook long and careful negotiations with the local planning department to obtain Listed Building Consent, particularly regarding the roof terrace, ensuring the new extension enhanced the existing building.

The new space provides a living area focused around a striking suspended woodstove and dining space closely linked to the kitchen which has been relocated in the original house. In the summer, opening slimline glazed walls by Luxal and flush thresholds provide a seamless transition into the garden. In winter, the feature suspended wood stove will warm the room and make it a space to be enjoyed in all seasons. Above, a roof terrace with frameless glass balustrade gives an alternative seating area with extended panoramic views.

New openings in the existing walls are sympathetically located to create a free flowing layout between the original house and extension. On the first floor an existing window has been enlarged to create a doorway constructed from carefully selected reclaimed and stained timber for a seamless look.

Although the extension is contemporary in style, the copper fascias visually connect well with the brick and clay colour pallet of the Kent farmhouse. Strong simple forms work well with the sculptural form of the original roof allowing it to float over the ground floor.

The new landscaping and terraces further enhance the beautiful setting and the clients are thrilled.

 

“The new extension has transformed how we live in the house and we feel so lucky to have found Hetreed Ross Architects”

“I am so grateful to you, Ann for your very careful negotiation skills with the planners, particularly with regards to the roof terrace, as that is so, so lovely, and we have already spent many an evening up there enjoying the space and views.”

 

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Hetreed Ross Architects are RIBA Chartered Architects and Environmental Designers, for Bath, Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Dorset and the South West. AECB, EASA and Green Register members.

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