Southam | Gloucestershire

The Southam project is a single storey contemporary rear extension incorporating a first floor roof terrace. The design proposed the re-ordering of the property's living spaces to provide a feature open plan kitchen / living room which would become the centre of the home. The revised spaces would then allow for a more adequately sized separate sitting and dining room, which in total would provide a better balance of living space to the ground floor compared to the four large bedrooms above.

The proposed rear extension will be divided internally with two sets of glass folding doors allowing the clients greater flexibility when entertaining. The new feature space will provide a generous family room and kitchen which will be perfect for entertaining with large glass bi-folding doors to the rear elevation that will enable the newly landscaped garden and terrace to be used during the summer months. The clients requested a modern contemporary design that provided a contrast from the existing property's bradstone facade. Ibstocks stretched linear black riven brick was chosen and when incorporated with a degree of solar shading it has been the key defining material within the project. 

The canopy stretches across the rear of the property and integrates the existing utility and downstairs bathroom within it in order to tie the new extension into the fabric of the building. A large slot roof light runs across the extension to draw natural light into the centre of the building to avoid any possible dark areas within the extended floor plan of the building. Finally the existing rear elevation's windows and rainwater goods will be replaced with dark grey products to better tie the new extension to the house.

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