People love their houses; especially after living with their quirks for 18 years.
The owner of House L1 had lived there for eighteen years, had no intention of moving but always planned on doing something major to it when the time seemed right for her. The rear addition was to be the culmination of years of thinking about the project that would eventually come to be and the new modes of living that alterations and additions might enable. And where many assume ‘ageing-in-place’ to mean ‘downsizing’ or living alone to mean having to go small, it doesn’t have to be the case. House L1 was about getting bigger, maximising storage, getting books out on display and part of everyday life, and finally enjoying some space and freedom of movement.
An attached symmetrical cottage, the house sees the original rooms remain intact, but provided with a linking kitchen element leading to a living and dining room that spatially takes advantage of the volume afforded by its steeply pitched gabled roof. Both this space and the kitchen are lit from above by generous skylights, increasing daylight and the sense of space. The footprint of the additions is stepped to provide small courtyard spaces that provide garden views from each new room.
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