Project – House 596
Location – Stockbridge
Scope of Works – Extension
The project comprises a slimline single-storey extension to the main house and a two-storey extension to the separate garage. The extension to the main house provides space for a generous garden-facing living and dining room, alongside a much larger kitchen looking onto the stream. The added footprint also allows for a practical utility room at the front of the house. The new extension on the opposite bank provides space for a new studio / guest annexe. The rear wall of the extension is chamfered to maximise light into the kitchen and create a cantilevered entrance which draws the two buildings together across the stream.
The buildings bridge the stream that runs through the site, creating a modern, characterful space with a strong connection between inside and out. The stream becomes a vital backdrop to both buildings, with bridges used as social spaces. We embraced the stream and turned it in a feature, rather than see it as an issue.
The scheme’s dramatic black cladding, interlinked spaces and open-plan interior make it great for entertaining as well as everyday family life. There is now a seamless connection to the garden, with new glazing positioned to reflect the stream below and maximise the stunning views across open moorland. Gaining permission for the project on such a uniquely tricky site was quite a feat! There were plenty of environmental and ecological considerations, as well as lengthy discussions with the planning department.