As part of an unusual development built in the 1903s, this house features a number of curious architectural details. The challenge here is not only to enlarge the house to meet the needs of a growing family, but to expose and highlight these existing traits.
Entered through a large shared semi-circular opening, a recessed porch leads onto a tight hallway with an elaborate, somewhat Egyptian, hardwood staircase. Despite the impressive appearance and scale of the staircase, it is overlooked in such a cramped space. The proposed changes will rebuild the porch and enlarge the hallway allowing you to appreciate one of the quirks that make this house unique. The rest of the house is comprised of a kitchen, sitting room and conservatory. Although the conservatory has an abundance of light, it casts the rest of the house in darkness.
While adding functional spaces including a new toilet, shower room and utility, the existing conservatory is demolished and the kitchen / living / dining space is to be extended. With a dramatic sloping ceiling and clerestory window, the new south-facing space will be bright and generously proportioned as it reaches into the garden. Beyond this, a raised verandah runs the width of the new rear elevation creating an outdoor room.