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Our Oxfordshire architects complete on two storey architectural extension

21 Oct '20

Timber Cladding on extension

2020 has proved to be a difficult year for everybody, but here at William Green Architects we have been inspired by the attitudes of many of our on-site contractors. Despite lockdown, we have seen the teams continuing to work tirelessly to ensure the completion of projects on time and this two-storey extension in Oxfordshire is no exception. With work beginning only in February we are thrilled to say it has completed on schedule and the clients are over the moon to be settling into their new space.

The cottage, situated on the edge of a rural village, was pretty, but lacked the freedom the clients required. With limited bedroom facilities and small socialising areas, it was agreed that a two-storey extension would be the required option. Our Oxfordshire architects proposed a design to extend and remodel the rear of the property. The new design would allow space for four bedrooms, including a spacious master suite, an extra bathroom, a live-in kitchen diner, then a quiet, more secluded living room.  As well as this, the clever planning would allow the owners to really enjoy the countryside surrounds, drawing the outside in and making the most of the stunning rural views.

Our Oxfordshire architects were faced, as is often the case with older properties, with several restraints during the design stages. The extension would appear modern and eye catching alongside the existing building, however we wanted to blend it seamlessly so the traditional would sit comfortably beside the contemporary. The height of the eaves, for example, were lowered to match that of the cottage. A new render was to be applied, and several architectural features installed to cleverly scale the property to sit comfortably.

The finished results are spectacular. The original cottage has not lost any of its traditional charm and is still a delightful period home. However, with the modern extension it truly provides the quality of living that the owners so desperately desired. The stunning live-in kitchen truly is the heart of the home, offering the comfortable socialising space the original property lacked. With four spacious bedrooms there is plenty of room for guests, yet while sizable, the property does not look ostentatious against the curtilage of the village. The clever use of architectural features externally, particularly the timber cladding to the ground floor, seamlessly blends the property within the natural surroundings.

Are you craving more space in your home? An architecturally designed extension may be the best option for you. Why not contact our architects to discuss your ideas? We work across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and beyond.