CLIENT: PRIVATE CLIENT
CONTRACTOR: C.D & SONS
COMPLETION DATE: MARCH 2009
Duncan Clark & Beckett were approached by the owners of Hunters Lodge to consider possible alterations to the property. The existing property was essentially split into very separate halves both in terms of their age, style of architecture and function. The first section of the property is a 18th century half timbered thatched roof cottage and contains the living accommodation including lounge, dining room and kitchen along with 2 bedrooms at first floor level. The other section of the property was an original extension to the property to create additional sleeping and sanitary accommodation. It was constructed in the 1980ís and contained 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms at ground floor level with a large snooker room and office within the roof space above. The 2 sections were originally linked by a single storey flat roof social space.
The brief given to Duncan Clark & Beckett by the owners was to improve both the size and layout of what was a slightly undersized kitchen for a property of that size. We were also requested to explore options for re-organising the internal plan layout and external landscaping to create a new focal point main entrance. The scheme we developed involved the removal of the existing flat roofed link and replacing it with a new pitched roof glazed link. The link would serve as the new entrance lobby serving a new landscaped external vehicle entrance from the main highway. The form of the new glazed link lobby was intended to be sympathetic to both the cottage and the bedroom wing. The external materials were also chosen to compliment the existing architecture, with small sections of facing brick walling to match the existing used, a natural slate roof which incorporated natural aluminium roof glazing at the ridge and American oak joinery to match that used within the existing building.
The kitchen extension involved remodeling the area which was previously used as the main entrance, this area was converted into a private rear entrance which provided the owners with access to the private garage area and rear garden. The kitchen extension was designed to abut a section of existing lead flat roof and a section of pitched roof. The roof was formed with a section of overhanging canopy roof covering the existing front door, which was supported on a series of oak posts. The kitchen extensions external materials were again selected to compliment the existing property.