Battersea HouseTraditional Patio, London
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Go grey at the back…There’s no rule that says you have to have the same colour windows both front and back of your house. This rear extension has pale grey window frames, but, as the next photo shows, the front of the house looks very different. Inside, there’s a combination of new windows on the extended part of the house, and grey-painted wooden frames in the older part.Find the perfect architect for your job on Houzz
Try a metallic transformationRather than the standard use of hung tiles, which can look clumsy in many instances, this example clads the loft structure with grey metal. There are lots of metal roof options to consider: lead, copper and zinc are all traditional roofing materials with fantastic qualities (although all can be expensive). There are also coated aluminium and coated steel options on the market these days that can give tremendous results, too.
The house already had an extension at the back containing the kitchen, but it had been poorly built and was unappealing and draughty. Brian designed a new space on its footprint, but added a small glass box addition on one side, which is now a little library. ‘The garden is not that big, but the living space inside the house is generous, so we didn’t feel there was a need to extend out any further,’ he says. ‘Nevertheless, we wanted to do something a little bit more interesting at the back.’