Most projects don't sit on flat sites; this one was no different. The rear projection was sitting about 1.2m lower than the main body of the house. So the client brief for the extension was 'how do we extend our kitchen but not prejudice the rear reception room?'.
Together we came up with the solution to create an internal courtyard which sat in the transition between the 2 two levels, glazed on all three sides allowing light into all spaces. The courtyard is landscaped and externally lit providing a calming light to the dining space. The extended kitchen area is built out beyond the rear building line to create a small utility area offset from the main kitchen.
The rear glazed doors and screens to the garden and courtyard are made from iroko along with the kitchen worktops. Oak flooring was used throughout the new extension.
Completion August 2003. Contract duration 12 weeks.
Frank McCloughlin owner: "We knew instinctively that there was an elegant, expansive solution to optimising the wasted space of our side return. Having seen a number of architects we began to despair and thought we would (reluctantly) have to move. Martyn's solution was creative and confident. Ten years on we are still hugely benefitting from our new space and some other creative nudges along the way."