Room Tour: A Broken-plan Extension with a Hideaway Home Office
A rear addition gave one family a generous living area together with a work space that can be concealed out of hours
“Bringing it downstairs and making it more accessible while keeping it private was the brief,” says architect James Thompson, who designed the new addition along with Andy Parsons of Yelo Architects. Their solution? Folding doors that can separate work and living areas or be left open to maximise the space.
Who lives here A couple with two children
Location Hove, East Sussex
Property A semi-detached, early 20th century house with four bedrooms
Room dimensions About 25 sq m
Architects Andy Parsons and James Thompson of Yelo Architects
Photos by James Thompson
“There’s another living space at the front of the house,” says James, “but the extension was for the family to share and it was to be more of an entertaining space.”
The new addition is open to the garden through sliding doors. “We could get a slimmer frame and more glazing than with bifolds to provide good views to the garden,” he adds.
The architects used oak to clad the ceiling, as the homeowners liked the idea of timber textures. “They wanted an underside to the extension to differentiate it from the existing kitchen and make it new,” says James. The floor is engineered oak, selected for its hard-wearing qualities.
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The office ceiling is painted rather than timber-clad like the living area, distinguishing the separate zones.
Interior bifold doors divide one area from the other. They fold all the way back to the wall when open living is required.
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The architects recommended wall-hung units here, too, as they leave more of the floor on show for a spacious effect.
The architects specified the kitchen layout and a joiner built the units from marine ply. Formica was used on the door and drawer fronts to introduce modern blocks of colour. Grey links the cabinetry to the windows, while the yellow unit and blue splashback add bright accents to the otherwise muted colour scheme.
Zinc coping was used around the windows. “The owners wanted something modern that contrasted with the render,” says James. “It bulks out the frame and makes a defined edge.”
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