This lovely contemporary pair of oak frame extensions have just been completed in the rural Welland Valley village of Alexton. The standing seamed zinc fascia and roof detail including the simplistic roof atriums lead the approach to the design of these glazed oak extensions.
The brief was again natural light, natural materials but with a contemporary/modern edge. The flat roof design was essential for these extensions in both the aesthetic and practical sense and with the new membrane that is now used throughout the flat roofed industry is for all intents and purposes a swimming pool liner that has welded seams and with a 10 year warranty belies all the old worries with a flat roof. The large atrium lights dealt with the need for the loss of light where the new building abutted the existing, using light coloured travertine floor also helped bounce the light into the adjacent rooms. Heating as usual was an underfloor heating system joined to the existing boiler and plumbing. With modern advances these systems are very easy to install, are very efficient and have very low maintenance.
Lighting was our standard spec of internal spots, central pendants and exterior lighting , all of which are on dimmer switches to allow for the mood to be set.
The glazing was our standard high spec insulated units, these are needed to cope with the amount of glazing and potential loss of heating. Again all of the oak used was air dried over 3-5 years assuring the majority of the movement has occurred whilst in the French mills. This enables us to choose each oak component with accuracy as each beam has shown its character in the drying process. Now we have completed the decorating and all the landscaping to the rear of the property, the extensions look as if they have been there for several years. Overall we and the clients are very pleased with the outcome.