Room Tour: A Period Extension Where Attention to Detail Paid Off
Traditional design was given a modern twist to create a practical space in harmony with existing architecture
For the owners of this Arts and Crafts house, the solution was found by working with architect Tom Wild to meticulously include sympathetic period elements while adding modern techniques and features.
By taking things slowly, the family ended up with a practical, light-filled extension that ties in beautifully with the old house.
Who lives here? A couple with two children
Location Chichester, West Sussex
Property A detached Arts and Crafts house with five bedrooms and three bathrooms
Extension dimensions 6.4m x 7.3m
Architect Tom Wild of Helyer Davies Architects
Photos by Sophia Voce Photography
The couple who live in this stunning Arts and Crafts house asked Helyer Davies Architects to design them a large, multi-functional extension. The new addition sits to the front and side of the old property, but the position of the house means it looks out to the south-facing garden.
The team incorporated two pitched roofs on the extension, which sit just below the first floor windows, with a flat section in between. “We wanted to maximise height without it dominating the main house too much,” Tom says. “If we’d had one large pitched roof, the height would have doubled.”
To ensure the flooring tied in with the original timber boards in the rest of the Arts and Crafts house, a specialist contractor constructed it on site. “They come to the site with varied-width boards, which are adjusted, sanded, bashed around and stained,” Tom explains.
Timber floors, Just Wood.
A metal-framed sliding pocket door leads to the original living room and is a great example of where traditional design meets modern technology.
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The original flooring can be seen through the glazed panels, with the new version working harmoniously next to it.
The slate hearth was installed at the same level as the wooden floor for a seamless finish.
Wood burning stove, W&H Supplies. Fixed-pane window, Fineline Aluminium.
“The cantilevered corner was key, so we worked with a structural engineer to get that right,” he says. “There’s a steel that runs all the way from the cupboards, and another that runs above the doors. It needed to be at the right level to line up with the original house and not disrupt it.”
Glazed sliding doors, Fineline Aluminium.
A herringbone pattern that matches the brickwork below the first floor windows adds interest to the new addition.
“It took quite a lot of time to trial different mortar mixes to get the right tone that matched the old house,” Tom says. “Things were done a little slower, but they were done right first time.
“We had a client with a good eye for finishes and they were good to work with,” he adds. “It took a long time, but it was worth it in the end.”
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