When clients were searching for a smaller house, they knew their ideal would be hard to find. But with an architectâ€™s imagination and the addition of a garden room, the combination proved the perfect solution.
The property our clients found was an early 1960â€™s semi-detatched neo-Georgian house of perfect size and with a south-west facing garden, but with a terrible ground floor layout, very dark interior and having a very unattractive conservatory.
Architect Edward Hill with imagination and vision was instrumental in reconfiguring the living space, moving every internal wall to improve the layout, with the intention of bringing as much natural light as possible into the building and linking the house with the outdoors.
Vale had worked with Edward Hill on a number of projects previously and so he, and we, were confident the end result would be a triumph.
The wall from the living room has been removed to allow open plan living so whether relaxing in the living room, working at the dining room table or pottering in the kitchen, every one can feel connected.
A built-in bookcase and cupboards along the boundary wall makes the most of space. It is cleverly designed with a central shelf of faux books and ornaments which slides up to reveal a television.
In creating an open-plan living environment, the incorporation of fullwidth bi-folding doors into the design process enables small gardens to run into the garden room, and the indoors to seamlessly spill into the outdoors.
Here, the doors have been fitted into a masonry opening with structural framework, allowing an increased number of folding doors to be incorporated. A separate rooflight allows light to flood into the entire area.
Maximising light was a priority so motorised horizontal blinds were fitted. These were invisible when not in use and unfurl to cover the whole lantern. Curtains offer privacy and comfort in the evenings.