Simon and Freda Thornton ARCHITECTS
Gill Conservatory House Extension CARLTON
Sometimes an architect has the task of providing a significant extension to a dwelling while at the same time realising that the owner does not want to change the existing look and feel. In this nineteenth century red brick house in leafy North Carlton Freda has integrated a large conservatory (including a bathroom!) into the existing garden under a large shady tree. The existing farm-house style kitchen is as it has always been. Access to the conservatory is via the pantry! Sitting at the table in the conservatory on a sunny spring day with the windows open it is hard to believe that you are not outside in the garden on a terrace attached to the north side of the house. And when guests have gone, the bathroom offers the opportunity to lie in the bath and look at the stars or the garden. This is the sort of experience that many people imagine but few manage to translate into a workable arrangement. And when outside, the transparency of the extension ensures that the generous feel of the garden is retained.