Extensions & Renovations
Radford, Warwickshire – Renovation
Describing the existing house as being “of its time” was a fair assessment of the property our client had purchased and Archiwildish was briefed to extend to provide 2 extra bedrooms and give the property a contemporary makeover.
Creating a new double height glazed gable transformed the characteristic of the building as you enter the house and converting the existing garage and building over the former single storey wing provided the new accommodation for the
extra bedrooms (one of which was a master suite) along with a new family bathroom.
A combination of smooth coloured render and horizontal timber boarding with new anthracite powder coated aluminium doors and windows and a new blue slate roof, completely modernised the look of the property and made it barely recognisable from its former self.
Usually, being the worst looking house in the street is not a good accolade, but when you are in the extremely picturesque town of Chipping Campden that means that by most standards your house is actually rather nice, but nonetheless our clients had purchased a house that contrary to its neighbours was built from reconstituted stone instead of the more locally popular natural stone.
Archiwildish was asked by the new owners to design a kitchen extension with a bedroom above and a new double garage to the side of the house, also replacing a modern conservatory with a more traditional timber frame sun room.
Appreciating that replicating the existing reconstituted stonework or introducing natural stone alongside the existing would not create a harmonious look, we opted for a smooth render finish with cut stone, cills, lintels and quoins to create the new additions and compliment the existing with contrasting materials that help draw your eye and dissipate the starkness of the existing stonework and with render featuring in a similar manner on some neighbouring properties this also helps the house to relate with its neighbours better overall.
Construction work on this extension commenced in November 2022 and is anticipated to be complete sometime in the summer 2023.
Extensions are not always just about adding extra space and can instead primarily focus on improvement and the project at Wilmcote is one such good example of this.
Whilst some extra space was created internally, this was because the small additions provided additional headroom that enabled previously uninhabitable roof space to be utilised, but overall the footprint of the existing was not extended.
A slightly underwhelming red brick dormer bungalow the brief was to give the property greater kerb appeal and to modernise the ground floor layout (creating an open plan living, kitchen, dining space) and enhance its energy performance.
With new roof spaces being created there was an opportunity to upgrade the insulation of the property together with the improved visuals and so whilst the scale of the alterations may be minor the actual impact resulted in a significant enhancement to the look and feel of this house, together with its comfort and performance creating a highly desirable home in the process.