The Old Forge

An interesting project where the client was open to an inventive approach. A carpenter by trade, our client wanted to explore what could be done to extend his family home on a budget. We helped to develop the brief to include a large modern kitchen and a general remodelling of some of the internal spaces. Knowing our client would undertake a lot of the work himself, we created a design that would allow for this. The basic design concept was a modern timber clad box with a copper roof that juxtaposed the rendered cob walls and thatched roof. We moved the small kitchen into the extension and created a noteworthy entrance hall. In the area of the old dining room we created a utility room and added a new staircase to access the first floor bedroom. The living room opens up to the kitchen/dining/family space with moveable walls. We also knocked out the back of the existing fire place to create a double-sided hearth. The whole extension works to draw in the garden spaces into the house, and vice versa. There is a semi-covered outside dining area and new staircase to access the pool area. Although currently at the feasibility stage, we are excited to be taking this project forward in the not-too-distant future.