The existing house had already been adapted from its original incarnation as a bungalow; however, the internal spaces were poorly designed and claustrophobic, and the exterior was underwhelming. The rear garden was higher than the existing ground-floor level, which created a poor relationship between the internal and external spaces.
A new rear extension was designed which sought to re-establish a strong connection between these spaces by introducing steps both internally and externally. Shelter is provided via a cantilevered canopy on one side. Externally, the walls of the extension are clad in mirror which reflects the densely planted surrounding landscape and tree foliage, so the building disappears into its immediate context becoming partially invisible. The whole of the rear extension is then separated from the existing house via a structurally glazed link. This provides a soft transition between the original and new areas; but more importantly, it floods the internal ground floor spaces with light.
The existing roof was reconstructed to a steeper pitch and at a higher level in order to enable an additional bedroom and en-suite bathroom. New rooflights and extensive glazing to the rear first floor elevation provided a good amount of natural daylight to the first floor bedrooms and bathrooms; as well as strong visual connections to the rear garden.
One side of the rear extension was planted with a bio-diverse wild flower green roof which softens the extension into the landscape.
The remainder of the house underwent extensive refurbishment work transforming the whole house beyond recognition.