summer house / kitchen alteration
The scheme comprises two parts: upgrading the current kitchen and forming a summer house. The brief was to propose a contemporary design alteration to blend with the existing farmhouse in a rural village in Cheshire.
Built in the 80’s, the double pitched kitchen extension was formed in front of the facade of a converted farmhouse. The structure and kitchen layout was reconfigured with a mono pitch roof in harmony with the existing building. A pair of French doors has been introduced to the front wall opening a ‘dialogue’ between kitchen and the garden. The roof zinc cladding is to blend with the existing slate roof but also to give a crisp contemporary feel.
The adjacent single
storey building which was originally used for storage purpose has been
revitalized by the new fully glazed front end structure – a summer house. The single
aspect layout fully opened up toward the garden comes as a result of a simple
logical solution to the site setting. The
structure is formed by a timber frame and an existing fair-faced brick wall at
the back. All infill of the frame and
openings are double glazed to maximize the view – a visual connection between’
inside’ & ‘outside’. A full length
clerestory glazing above the existing brick wall makes the mono pitched roof float
above the summer house. Carefully designed oak columns and roof trusses with
articulated stainless steel structural elements respond to the client’s
engineering background, while the oak external frame is designed to blend the
contemporary extension into the idyllic garden setting.