Detached House Extension in Duffield
Hazelwood Road, Duffield
This detached house was well cared for and in an outstanding location in the Derbyshire village of Duffield. The owners knew they wanted to bring their home into the 21st century. They were looking to make some changes for their growing family.
The Right Spaces in the Right Places
Our client had already had planning consent granted for a design drawn by another firm of architects. Whilst the design met part of their brief, they felt they were left with a property which was much too big for their needs. We were asked to review the scheme and our ideas led to a full appointment on the project.
Creating Spaces for Modern Family Life
Our client required five bedrooms on one floor. Having previously been scattered all over the building we were able to reconfigure the layout so that all the bedrooms could be located on the existing ground floor. Bedrooms were given their own ‘wing’ so that they were kept separate from the flow of the living spaces.
A House That Feels Like a Home
We believe the flow of a home is really important to our clients enjoyment of their space. If rooms feels like they are in the correct place and order the entire home feels right and will be a pleasure to live in.
Efficient Use of Space
By redesigning the internal layout, we were not only able to make more efficient use of the footprint, we were also able to save our client significant unnecessary expenditure.
Imaginative Family Spaces
The children had their hopes for first floor bedrooms from the previous designs, we were able to please them with a mezzanine for sleepovers, much more fun!
Rose Cottage Extension Leicestershire
Rose Cottage, Leicestershire
Our clients live in a conservation area in Leicestershire and wanted a way of extending and remodelling their rural cottage to accommodate their whole family. At the same time they wanted their home to compliment the surrounding heritage architecture.
We extended to the rear of the property and combined the retained cottage with the large garden. This created social space for the family and connected the existing space to the abundant nature in the large rear garden.
Working in a Conservation Area
Swain architecture have a lot of experience working in conservation areas and work with local planning officers to achieve planning permission in challenging locations.
Blending Traditional with Contemporary
Appropriate scale of buildings and the materials they are built in are aspects of architectural design we are sensitive to at Swain Architecture. At Rose Cottage we chose a pitched roof to the upper level and specified reclaimed brick and wood façades externally so the new building blended in with the existing. We hope you agree that this is contemporary and sensitive architecture.
A Family Home
Space for Everyone
Connecting to a modest village cottage, our challenge was to create a master suite as well as three bedrooms, including one en-suite. By opting for vaulted ceilings on the first floor we retained the intimate nature of the original cottage and creating an extension that was sensitive in scale and form.
Connected to Nature
At the ground level, full width glazing frames the large garden. This introduces lots of light to the interior as well as providing an amazing view of the large cottage garden.
Do you have a heritage property you’d like to turn into a family home?
Swain Architecture has extensive experience working with planning authorities to ensure sensitive development within conservation areas. Whether you’re raring to knock down walls, or taking your first tentative steps towards a new space, we’d love to hear about your project. Bringing inspiration, robust design practice and plenty of experience with us, we transform spaces into something you can enjoy for years to come.
What did the clients think?
“Izzy understood exactly what we wanted. The old house was tricky with lots of small dark rooms and awkward spaces. Now the flow is so much better and the rooms larger and brighter. There’s a good balance of quirky old spaces and modern new spaces! We have floor to ceiling glass running across the entire back of the house- couldn’t connect any better to nature or be any lighter. It’s a real wow factor in the house.”
The owners of Rose Cottage, Leicestershire
Tank Nottingham Office Headquarters
Tank Nottingham Office Headquarters
Digital PR agency Tank wanted its new office environment to delight clients and its team in equal measure. A heritage enthusiast, Tank’s owner Trevor wanted Swain Architecture to assist him in restoring the Victorian building, whilst making it ‘work’ for his fast growing and dynamic business.
The removal of the unattractive partitions on the first and second floors helped reinstate the original large, bright open plan spaces in this historic period building. This created flexible studio spaces to allow for the expansion of the company as well as the transformation of other rooms for use as small event spaces.
Mad Men Meets The House of Elliot
A Contemporary & Sensitive Restoration
The ground floor has been transformed to create luxurious meeting spaces and even a reception bar for client events and team breakout space. The décor was carefully considered and reflects the building’s history. Even the toilets have had the glamorous treatment with old Victorian washstands transformed to create sink units, with a rich, deep heritage colour palette used throughout.
This has been a fascinating project for Swain Architecture and has allowed us to venture into the interior design. Working closely with our client who has a strong sense of style and passion for period property, we specified everything from décor and lighting to furnishings and materials.
Leicestershire, Extension & Renovation
The Spinneys, Leicestershire
Our client had experienced challenges in transforming this (newly listed) Grade II Listed detached home near the National Forest in Leicestershire into their dream home. This rare example of Arts & Crafts Architecture in the rural English Midlands is well loved by local residents.
As experts in working with heritage buildings we worked closely with a heritage specialist and Charnwood District Council Planning Department to design an exceptional piece of architecture worthy of sitting beside this existing building. When working with old buildings we often believe in complementing the original design rather than running the risk of creating a pastiche. Our solution was a contemporary crafted piece of architecture that satisfies the owners contemporary taste and celebrates the listed building.
Arts & Crafts Principles
The Arts & Crafts movement is known for quality materials and craftsmanship. Our design features some modern-day craftsmanship in respect to the exiting building. White handmade bricks add to the textural quality of the extension by introducing a contrast to the glazing, and a large bronze frame adds a warm depth to the existing house. Our design celebrates the uninterrupted lightweight, effortless glazing, draping internal spaces with picture-perfect views, framing the homes large, wooded garden.
Working Within a Conservation Area
Our design returns the existing building to its original design and proportions. The extension is then visually separated from the existing building making it subservient and sensitive. This project presented significant challenges to achieving planning consent and our approach of working with the planning authority and within heritage best practices resulted in planning approval being granted.
Ivy House Bottesford Leicestershire
Ivy House, Bottesford, Leicestershire
Swain architecture designed this project to convert an unused two-storey outbuilding and link it via a new ground floor, single-storey family room to a detached Victorian home in a Conservation Area.
The owners of this beautiful rural property felt they weren’t making the most of the interior space they had with their unused two storey outbuilding being located in between the main living space and the large garden.
By adding a modest single storey link from the main house to the renovated two storey outbuilding we connected the house to the garden. The new link created a large kitchen-dining-lounge space with views across the picturesque garden.
Connecting to a Better Lifestyle
It is often thought that the more space in a home the better. At Swain Architecture we believe that well planned usable space is even more important. The benefit of employing a good architect, (like Swain Architecture!) is that the entire building is considered, even if the additional space is relatively modest. Connecting well-proportioned rooms in a way that suits a client’s lifestyle and needs.
The single storey link building has created a private walled courtyard centred around an original antique water pump. The new family room has connected the house with the garden with sight lines through to the very bottom of the garden which overlooks this picturesque town within a Conservation Area. New rooms include a guest bedroom, home office and room to accommodate a growing family.
Housing Development in Long Clawson, Leicester
Hall Farm, Long Clawson
Swain Architecture reimagined this former Class Q Barn Conversion and a further conversion of an equestrian building into a residential development adjacent building.
A Successful Development
Swain Architecture partners housing developers to create commercially viable places that people want to live. Our understanding of commerciality married with our experience working with our self-build clients makes us perfectly placed to create architecturally interesting homes that can achieve planning permission in complex sites as well as demand a good market value.
Custom Build Architecture
At Swain Architecture we pride ourselves on working with our clients in a very collaborative way. We can lend our vast wealth of knowledge in architectural development to create fantastic spaces that deliver the maximum land value for the developer at the same time as creating architecture that is attractive to buyers and planning officers too. We offer our developers a Custom Build service where plots can be sold and then potential buyers can customised the design and build of their house rather than selling off plan. This gives buyers all the benefits of a Self Build home but with the security of a buying from housing such as builder guarantees and costs based on an economy of scale.
London Terrace Extension
Merton Road, London
The clients for this London home renovation were a busy and sociable couple. They wanted to add a loft conversion to develop an extra floor while also extending the rear of the house to create new entertaining space, befitting their personality and social lifestyle.
The project includes a rear garden-facing extension for an open plan kitchen and living area. The new living area now links seamlessly with the garden. The south-facing extension is built using traditional London (stock) brick, with fibre cement cladding wrapping the first floor element and includes a section of glass roof to maximise light and space as well as minimise the loss of greenery.
Spaces to Grow, Entertain and Live
Our clients had a strong interior design sense and internally the decor is a marriage of the couple’s contrasting but complementary tastes. The completed design of this project incorporates a myriad of Scandinavian clean lines juxtaposed with more bohemian style.
What did the client think?
“We’ve really enjoyed the process of working with Izzy and the team. They took time to listen to our ideas and dreams before transforming them into our amazing new home!”
The owner of Merton Road