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Side return extension

Sun filled kitchen side return extension in Twickenham

Project Story

The existing kitchen and rather tired rear extension felt like it was stuck in a time-warp and the rear outside space felt dark and dull and crying out for an overhaul, so Architect Your Home, cleverly transformed the area into a glorious and sun-filled kitchen that sensitively matched the beauty of the rest of their Georgian property. 

The property was listed, in a conservation area and on an angled site so the designs had to take this into consideration and ensure compliance with the relevant regulations.

The solution involved a side return extension with a glass roof which increased the floor space whilst maximising the light. This enabled the architect to create an open kitchen and dining space, which connected to the courtyard and living area. The design offered them a generous and flexible space in which they were able to cook, entertain and relax. The direct access to the courtyard garden was created by installing two sets of oak double doors and solid oak beams were used for the glass roof construction to compliment the existing house while still being an unmistakably contemporary space.

In order to appreciate the historical context of architecture, it is essential that any alteration or addition to a building, particularly a listed one, responds sensitively to the existing, not by copying it but by having a complimentary quality of its own. With this extension, it was understanding the materials and proportions that meant the new extension sat comfortably with the old house and so whilst the room’s design has a clean line and a modern feel, the warmth was created by using burr elm for the timber unit doors and an oak floor. With an abundance of natural light beaming in through the rear doors and glazed ceiling, the room feels incredibly warm and welcoming.

“You were so the right people to completely re-do the back of our Georgian house by the river. Our kitchen extension was in a 70s time warp – all brickwork and Aga and you brought us up to date with a sensitive and appropriate design. Thank you.”
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