Property - PERIOD COACH HOUSE
Type of Property - 5 Bedroom Coach House
Area - 3,250sqFT
Contract Value - Classified
Client - Private Individual
Contractor - Ryefort
Date - 2017
This historic coach house has been completely remodelled and significantly extended to create a large family residence. Our clients had returned from living abroad and wanted to create a larger family home which they could grow into and briefed us to create something that felt very much as if it was a single house and not an extended home.
The site complete with a walled garden was wrongly orientated when the original plot was subdivided so that our clients never used to engage with the long section of the garden. Our design was to create a new wing that pushed the house out to one side to create views that took in the long views down the garden while the main reception rooms all opened up into a more intimate courtyard area which was for outdoor living.
Care and attention was given to the brickwork as well as all of the detailing so that the extensions were in keeping with the original period aesthetic. We stripped the brickwork which was painted over in the past to reveal the buff brick detail with red brick soldier courses. We introduced timber Sash windows throughout including shutters and a blend of timber French doors and more modern sliding doors to create connection to the garden.
What is an unassuming front facade, the house reveals itself as you walk further into the home, and only once you are in the main reception rooms or courtyard garden do you fully appreciate the size of the house and plot. Accommodation is assembled into formal and informal rooms with bedrooms on the first floor. The new wing houses a large master bedroom suite complete with vaulted ceiling and plenty of storage.
The house is full of interesting nooks and crannies very much in keeping with period houses of that era. Interesting features include exposed brickwork and soldier courses internally, a solid concrete outdoor dining table which has been shipped back from the US, an old pressing machine which was built by our client's great grandad. Inside there is a secret door which is a book shelf to a library room which access a loft floor home theatre.
Externally the outdoor living area has feature planting and a covered outdoor living area as well as steps up to the large lawn and upper walled garden.
This truly is a celebration to the past while ensuring all the mod cons of modern living with bright well lit rooms as well as a paired down pallet of finishes throughout.