With the Welland river running through the gardens of this beautiful residence, the new stone and oak extensions make the most of the river view. The existing house is several hundred years old and now with these cleverly designed extensions has doubled its size. The choice to use local stone and original Collyweston roof slates makes the new space feel as if it was built along with the original house.
After a few months of exposure and de-colouring it will look as one dwelling all built decades ago. With new kitchens, utility, drawing room and dining/snug area, the traditional dwelling has been brought into the 21st century. The atrium roof light was designed for maximum natural light into the dining/snug area and also to throw light into the existing room therefore negating the potential loss of light.
The six leaf bi-fold doors were designed for the light benefit and also to open the area up entirely onto the new terraced area. Design details such as areas left unplastered to show off the unique age-old stonework and sympathetic design of skirting and architrave all help to lend this space an air of originality.
The oak and stone work seamlessly together as both are natural, warm and textured materials. With the materials list kept to a minimum, all selected on the basis of texture, natural and local, the aim was to build simple yet effective space. The overall effect was definitely, less is more!