The clients approached Jake Ireland Architects following the work carried out next door, at No.30. The project is a complementary contemporary remodelling, extending the first floor study area and supplying a double bedroom at second floor level. The new elements are externally clad in bronze panels (chocolate brown colour, to relate to the timber cladding of No.30).
The proposal is for the erection of a rear extension at first and second floor levels (to replace the existing sub-standard second floor conservatory) with general internal and external improvements. The spatial composition and the selection of materials are intended to complement the neighbouring buildings. No.32 is a small residential property (ground floor internal area: 38m2; width: 4m). The main purpose of the proposed works is to supply a reasonably sized second bedroom in place of the undersized existing conservatory.
Sight lines mean that the replacement of the existing conservatory with a new bedroom structure is not visible from street level. Daylight will enter the spaces from all directions, changing dramatically throughout the day. The passive solar gain is combined with stack-effect ventilation. Glass floor panels and rooflights open up unexpected views through the flat.
The ground living space is to be refurbished and a new family-sized kitchen installed. The under-stair store is large enough for future installation of a WC and washbasin, if required.
No works are proposed to the existing ground floor to first floor staircase. However, future installation of a stair lift is possible, if required.
The first floor extension enables a new family bathroom to be supplied. The new terrace gives valuable outdoor amenity space and emergency egress to the terrace of No.30 and flat roof of No.34. However, privacy is to be retained by using opaque glass balustrade and a screen of tall planting (previously installed successfully to No.30).
Proposed Bedroom 2 benefits from an en-suite shower/WC and the existing front terrace. The contemporary frameless glazing over the new stair will give a special quality to the circulation spaces.
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