Project case study
House Extension and Renovation
This extension and renovation to a historic property was a particularly rewarding challenge. We undertook a thorough investigation and developed a deep understanding of the existing fabric. Bloom architects specialise in house extensions and renovations of this nature. It is important to preserve the existing character of an old house within a proposal to renovate. Bloom architects integrate modern construction materials in a sensitive and considered manner. We specialise in the blend of traditional design with contemporary ideas. Our clients are passionate about their existing spaces and we enjoy working with them to develop suitable proposals for their house extension and renovation.
House extension: details and description
This house extension is positioned between two existing structures, the existing old house and detached double garage. The planning constraints were overcome by integrating full height glazing and a roof profile which did not dominate the existing character of the surrounding architecture. The architectural language is bold and modern, juxtaposed against a historic back drop of rich, dark stone. We wanted the house extension to adopt the solidity and strength of the existing stonework. We wanted the project to echo the sturdiness and strength of the existing architecture.
Old houses can be dark because natural light struggles to penetrate through small, narrow windows. The new house extension embraces natural light, spreading it generously throughout the space. Triple glazed aluminium casement windows and a sliding door keep the space warm and cosy. The concrete slab was cast with underfloor heating pipework, which serves to maintain a warm and comfortable ambient environment. A concealed entrance was created within the kitchen design between the garage and kitchen, which also served a small pantry.
House renovation: details and description
The existing house was re-configured and adapted to create a new harmony with the house extension. This required us to re-locate the existing kitchen and create an entrance hall in its place. We widened and increased the heigh of two key openings off the entrance hall. A new opening was formed from the existing living space through to the house extension. A new library and snug were created within existing ancillary spaces. New flooring and lighting helped to sensitively modernise and aging home. Existing layers of plaster were removed to expose the original stonework and allow the external walls to breathe and shed excess moisture. Returning the property back to its natural state was fundamental to leverage improvements to the energy efficiency brought about by the addition of a new house extension.
Together the house renovation and extension combine to create a hierarchy of spaces intended for living and entertaining. Both enhance the position of the property by creating views across a lush and rolling, native Lancastrian landscape.
Architectural Design Services
Planning services with negotiation in relation to ‘non-designated’ historic assets. Building regulations approval (full plans) with inspections.
Interior Design, House Design, Room design & Kitchen Design
Building regulations approval (full plans) with inspections. SAP and U-value calculations.
Tender & Construction Services
Schedule of work, tender drawings and specification preparation. Contractor selection and interview. Building contract selection and setup. Contract administration and design coordination assistance to the Contractor.
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