‘Uplands’ is located to the west of the central town area. There has been a dwelling on the site for many centuries, originally as a farm house, but developing over the years. The house currently presents a Victorian frontage, but contains a mixture of styles and intriguing internal layout as it has evolved over the years.
The owners asked CCD to look at what could be done to improve the property on two particular issues: firstly, a parapeted flat roofed area of the house required frequent maintenance particularly due to its proximity to mature trees and consequent leaf fall; and secondly, the location of the property meant that it enjoyed fantastic views to the east, but had very few windows that received south or west light so leaving many of the rooms relatively dark.
As one of the owners enjoyed painting she particularly wanted a light airy space in which to carry out and enjoy her art.
The solution that CCD developed was to extend above the existing flat roof to create a studio space with ancillary rooms.>
The design reflected elements of the Victorian elevational treatment, but in a contemporary manner to continue the eclectic approach used on the building throughout the years.
Careful consideration had to be given to ensure clarity of approach to the new room, and also ensure fire escape provision was in place for all rooms of the labyrinthine house.
The main studio space is light and airy with windows on each side and a large rooflight across the pitch. The structure makes use of an exposed steel frame and tie cables in order to maximise the volume of the room.
The resulting extension enhances the presence of the house on the street and gives character to an area of the building that previously detracted with its utilitarian flat roof. The internal space has quickly become a comfortable well-used room.