This single-storey extension to a farmhouse near Milton-Under-Wychwood in Oxfordshire is unusual because it’s built onto the front of the property. And it’s a great example of how a relatively simple addition can have a massive positive impact on a home.
Our clients had been living in the family farmhouse for over 20 years. It’s a very traditional Cotswold stone house on a large working farm. Although it was functional and had some lovely original features, such as flagstones in the kitchen, it was cold and had little connection to the gardens. The large rear garden is north facing, so our clients wanted to take advantage of the under-utilised but very sunny south facing front garden.
Working closely with our clients, we designed this contemporary front extension to wrap around and integrate with the existing structure. Removing an external wall of the house allows the kitchen to flow into this new space, which also connects with a previously dark and cold reception room.
The materials used are unmistakably modern but sympathetic to the house. A solid oak frame creates the structure, with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and bi-fold doors opening onto a new terrace.
When designing the extension and how it would work with the existing house, we looked in detail at how our clients would use the space, from where to put the dining table to the best place for the TV. We also considered privacy. It has transformed how our clients use their entire house, not just the extension. They have space more to entertain, work or just enjoy the surroundings of their beautiful garden. And the dogs love it!