The house on Geldeston Road was a muddle. The basement kitchen was dark and damp; the bathroom was oversized, having been installed into a large bedroom; and the small garden was disconnected from the living spaces.
By adding a new two-storey extension, the house has been unravelled and clarified. A contemporary take on the Victorian outrigger volume, the addition allows a large L shaped kitchen and dining space to be created, interlocking with the L shaped garden to form a whole. Massive sliding corner doors, hand-built from solid oak, define the threshold between inside and out, and allow the spaces to become unified into a single ‘garden room’. This sense of continuity is heightened through the use of continuous water-struck brickwork to the extension and garden boundary walls.
On the upper floor of the new volume, a compact family bathroom features dual aspect views directed towards mature trees in the adjacent gardens. A range of solid oak cabinets have been integrated with the window frames and recessed into the walls. All joinery has been built and installed by the home-owner who is also the architect.
Photographs by Mariell Lind Hansen
Artwork in kitchen by Ben Crawford