Contemporary Two Storey Extension in Winchester

Passionate about contemporary design, Adam Knibb intended to live by his own rules. The brief was to extend his own semi-detached house in the contemporary style which the office is based around. Having lived in Winchester for over two years, without even touching the existing house, Adam wanted to experience what additions would benefit the home.

The semi-detached house built in the early 1900s provided a simple white rendered back drop to the design. It was deemed that although the ground floor provided ample space, the two small bedrooms upstairs lacked the same impact. Not wishing to lose off road parking the design cultivated a cantilevered timber box extension which would re-plan the existing oversized bathroom and accommodate a new master bedroom and ensuite. The rest of the house, having been DIY’ed by the previous owners, was also in need of an overhaul, with the majority of the work based around reconstructing the leaking rear lean-to extension.

Having the two elements to play around with (more accommodation upstairs and refurbished rear extension) gave Adam the chance to push the boundaries and come up with a design that would wow from the back and hint at what might be from the front. The timber box, clad in cedar, which hangs from the side, replaced the existing car port and allows the addition lock back into the main house. 

Not to be over bearing, the design was set back as far as possible from the street and front elevation of the house; access underneath the box allows the design to open up to the rear. The ground floor opens up for a more relaxed living style whilst tucking neatly under the wing of the first floor. Well positioned skylights allow light to drop deep into the plan of the ground floor to lighten the internal rooms. Views from first floor look out over the allotments and playing fields.

Project details

StatusCompleted November 2013
Type Of ProjectResidential - Extension and Refurbishment
Contract value£75,000
Gross internal area65m²
Main contractorHickory Construction Ltd
Structural engineerPaul Tanner Associates

 Winchester, Hampshire

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