Ground and first floor extensions with internal and external alterations
Detached house extension
Our clients had bought a large but uninspiring detached property. Although in theory the house had plenty of space, they weren’t happy with how it was used. They wanted to completely renovate and extend their detached house, adding both luxury features and some character. They also were hoping for outdoor space that made the best use of the one sunny corner of the garden.
In order to meet their aspirations, we would need to add a basement and completely transform the ground floor, replacing the conservatory with an extension. On the first floor, they wanted the children’s rooms to be closer to their parents, which wasn’t possible in the existing arrangement.
To some people, the idea of extending a big detached house might seem odd. But if your home doesn’t meet your wants and needs, there are ways an imaginative architect can help you turn it into something much more interesting. And since with a detached property you don’t share walls with your neighbours, it can be easier to make major structural changes. For this total detached house refurbishment, we started with a basement containing a cinema, bar and gym. In order to make sure that natural light and fresh air could reach the basement, we put in an inner courtyard over the new stairwell.
We extended the ground floor, which now has a large, open living-dining area and a playroom. The extension is a long way from the simple box you might be thinking of: its walls weave in and out, making for a playful space and allowing us to design a sheltered and sunny patio for outdoors entertaining. Glass doors, large windows and skylights give the maximum possible amount of light and connect the inside and outside of the house. At the heart of the new living area is a spectacular feature chimney.
There’s a smaller extension on the first floor, where the new master bedroom has floor-to-ceiling glass doors out onto a terrace. It’s just across the corridor from the kids’ rooms, so there is now a family wing and a guest wing. Before the renovation, the house was big but boring. With the fun-filled basement and the extension with all its glass, it’s an exciting and playful home for a lively family.
Urbanist Architecture is a London-based RIBA chartered architecture and planning practice with offices in Greenwich and Belgravia. We are on a mission to unlock the hidden potential of your site and deliver you a successful transformational change.