The clients fell in love with the garden and bought the house to go with it. It was hard not to; at over 200 feet long with a south facing aspect it was magical. The problem was that the house was perched on the side of a hill and sat a whole floor level above the garden, it was'nt connected both physically and visually. Creating this linkage was the conundrum of the brief.
The physical solution was quite obvious, to 'dig-out' and extend outwards below the existing cellar and create a new reading room level with the garden, diverting the main 'shared' sewer along the way. The visual solution was to extend and remodel the ground floor creating a flexible open plan space with vistas of the garden beyond immediately apparent on entry. A raised terrace was also created outside the dining space with separate stair access to the garden.The property was also extended upwards creating a fourth level master bedroom suite in the attic. This also exploited the panoramic views with a large picture window to the dormer.
Completion December 2006. Contract duration 26 weeks.
Owners: "Martyn listened to our ideas then very quickly had a clear vision of what could be achieved which was way beyond our limited imagination. He worked closely and effectively with the builders to achieve that vision. We've since thoroughly enjoyed living in the home that he created."