A project comprising a new rear extension to an existing Victorian semi-detached house in the Calthorpe Estate Conservation Area of Birmingham. A reconfiguration of the existing spaces and new finishes throughout create a legible floor plan linking to the mature garden landscape and retaining all existing trees.
The extension is conceived as a crisply detailed box that contrasts with the existing brick elevations. The charred black timber cladding sits over a dark brick plinth, creating a hardwearing character to the form, with black steel windows and full height doors opening onto the garden, a zinc roof, zinc rainwater goods and a frameless roof light shaping the generous natural light entering the new and refurbished spaces.
The project developed from stringent parameters due to the proximity of existing properties and the Conservation Area setting. Extensive consultation and option studies led to the evolution of a simple trapezoidal floor plan set away from the site boundary that afforded privacy, mitigated overlooking and overshadowing, and created much needed additional floor space, linking together a previously disconnected series of rooms into a cohesive whole.
The existing snug, music room and kitchen have been fully refurbished and provide a unified floor plan. The materials palette utilises oak parquet flooring, oak joinery and a new oak staircase with a reinstated fireplace and custom-built kitchen.
The existing exterior brick walls are retained as part of the new interior, with oak linings framing openings between existing and new. The new kitchen incorporates a central island and breakfast bar with all services linked to the existing kitchen hearth.
This new extension is a multi-function space that can be used for dining, entertaining, or quiet personal work. A generous ceiling height of 3 metres allows flexibility and a range of uses to be easily achieved, with sight lines from the existing rooms provide glimpse views through the new extension to the garden beyond.
Client – Confidential
Type – Residential, Refurbishment
Location – Edgbaston Conservation Area, Birmingham, UK
Status – Unbuilt