This grand Edwardian house in Buckinghamshire is surrounded by sprawling gardens. The owners approached us to design a new, substantial extension, and remodel the interior while respecting and celebrating the period character of the original house.
We soon discovered the double act: the modern extension dictated in the brief would be too vast to remain subordinate to the main house.
We devised a two-stage design to help us deal with the challenge of scale and proportion. The first involved extending and restoring the house in an Edwardian style, with greater proportions and improved symmetry. During this stage we were able to re-evaluate the overall scheme and pursue an inside-out strategy.
From the main entrance, the layout flows through Edwardian reception rooms into the newly added modern kitchen and dining areas, defined by a subtle change in level. The house maintains a strong immersive connection to the garden with large glazed openings and deep, integrated window seats.