About the project
When my Clients were looking to buy this house, I was commissioned to provide advise on how the existing house could be adapted to meet their needs. My design concept ignited their imagination and the house was bought. The site has its challenges in terms of access off the main road, parking, the different levels of the front and rear garden of over 2 meters, and its existing layout.
I addressed and solved all these issues by firstly designing an up-side-down layout where the day time living accommodation is moved to the first floor. The open plan kitchen/lounge area now flows out onto the private rear garden. Secondly, by reducing the levels to part of the front garden, a large drive area has been created that allows for cars to park and turn around so that they can drive forwards out onto the main road.
Additional floor area has been created by partly sinking a three storey side extension so that the integrated garage is at the same level as the lowered drive, and forming a large rear extension that spans from the existing house onto the rear garden. The existing house has been over clad with render, stone and timber which allows the existing structure to be insulated and for the existing house and extensions to read as a completely new home. Internal spaces have been opened up and feature trussed roof spaces used to create volume and light to the interior.
– Bespoke stairs serving five levels
– Wall recessed handrail with LED lighting
– Modern glass, stainless steel and Oak staircase
– Floating cantilevered structure
– Gravity defying appearance
A message from the client
“We hired John Morris Architects when we bought a run-down 1960s house at the end of 2014. We had some idea of what we wanted to create but weren’t quite sure of how to make the most of the property/plot. John has simply been amazing. He understood the brief we gave him exactly and his design concept is exceptional.
He listened to our objectives and has designed us our dream home ticking every box and more. He is extremely approachable and available to answer endless queries from us. Our property is in a conservation area but despite this John has worked tirelessly to ensure that the designs meet all criteria required so as not to delay the planning decision, which we received without problems and on schedule. We can’t wait to now start our build, with Johns help and advice we know we are going to have a wonderful family home.”