House at Oaklee
The extension of a 1970’s bungalow which required significant upgrading and the addition of accommodation to meet the contemporary requirements of a family home.
The extension at ground floor involves a minor extension to the rear, which contains the dining area. The first floor extension includes 3 bedrooms and bathroom accommodation, and has been located centrally in the plan to maximise separation distances to the adjoining housing and therefore minimise any impact on these properties. The privacy and amenity of the adjoining properties have been central to the design development process.
The ground floor extensions largely maintain the orientation of the functions of the house, but through considered internal re-planning allow for the better utilisation of the ground floor area and bring it into line with the contemporary requirements for a family home.
The intention is that the lines between the internal and external are blurred and this space becomes very much part of the interior spaces of the house and from this the house spills out into the garden. This strategy is reinforced by views and glimpses of the space as you enter the house and as you circulate through the ground and first floor areas. This strategy also allows for the orientation of the house to be maximised, which the previous design ignored, allowing the house's living spaces and occupants to enjoy the sun passage throughout the day.
The courtyard has been used as the main organisational element of the house and the ground floor plan has been organised with it at its heart — allowing the house's living spaces and occupants enjoy the sun passage throughout the day.