Sometimes an architect has the task of providing a significant extension
to a dwelling while at the same time realising that the owner does not
want to change the existing look and feel. In this nineteenth century
red brick house in leafy North Carlton Freda has integrated a large
conservatory (including a bathroom!) into the existing garden under
a large shady tree. The existing farm-house style kitchen is as it has
always been. Access to the conservatory is via the pantry! Sitting at
the table in the conservatory on a sunny spring day with the windows
open it is hard to believe that you are not outside in the garden on
a terrace attached to the north side of the house. And when guests have
gone, the bathroom offers the opportunity to lie in the bath and look
at the stars or the garden. This is the sort of experience that many
people imagine but few manage to translate into a workable arrangement.
And when outside, the transparency of the extension ensures that the
generous feel of the garden is retained.