The rear extension of the original basement adjacent to the street side features a new slim glazed roof strip to flood the new space with light and ventilation well above eye level from the street to not encroach on the occupant's privacy.
The larger part of the St. Albans house extension features a formal dining area with slim framed aluminium sliding doors opening out to the garden in an open corner configuration that connects with the entire patio area. The two environments successfully merge with a flush threshold detail alongside the limestone flooring that is used inside and continues outside dissolving the parameters of indoors and outdoors.
From the kitchen side of the rear glazed extension, a large casement door provides additional access to the garden.
The kitchen’s ceiling height is raised and an oversized frameless effect structural rooflight is positioned in partial shade due to the angle of installation and the shadow cast by upper storey side of the extension.
The building is locally listed and sits within the St. Albans conservation area. The external materials used reflect those found on the original building, merging the extensions with the existing house. The side extension with the narrow strip rooflight facing the street was built in brickwork to make the modern glass extension feel part of the existing and new boundary wall to the street.
The overall result is a contemporary rear extension boasting flexible airy and bright living spaces for its occupants.
Due to clever design elements, this sympathetic restoration was awarded Winner in the Hertfordshire Architects’ Association Design Awards 2021- ‘Domestic Extension’ category and has been shortlisted for other coveted awards.
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