LocationManchester, United Kingdom
Text description provided by the architects. The brief is for a family house providing the range of accommodation generally recognised as being appropriate and aspiring to a high quality design and execution.
The proposed alterations have been made to provide a more flexible accommodation responding to family life. This has involved the creation of a more open plan internal arrangement with the extension and terrace to the rear to better address the garden and blur the line between inside and outside.
It is proposed once the conservatory is demolished to extend one metre into the garden and to infill the ‘corner’ to the south west to provide a flexible open plan kitchen, dining and living space with full height glazing facing the garden, much of which can be opened up to bring the garden into the house. The terrace is a continuation of the living space with the stone floor continuing outside and is overhung by a stone clad cantilevered ‘frame’ which partially encloses the terrace and makes use of space in the garden. The canopy will provide shading in summer in the afternoons and allow in the low winter sun.
The new living area and space above for the new master bedroom forms a timber clad box infill to the corner of the building which sits on a brick plinth and is bisected by the floating ‘frame’ at first floor level. The first floor has been rationalised and will contain three good sized bedrooms, two with ensuites.