Modernising an Existing House Extension

What to do if you have a tired old building?

house extension before edinburghIts been so long since my last blog post, as you will see, I've been busy! This project was designed for a client in Edinburgh with a growing family who needed more space. Their mid-terrace, Victorian house already had a very old extension to the rear, with a garage on the lower level and a living room above. The existing garage ceiling was too low to be usable and the living room was impeded by the existing slate, pitched roof. The house was built into a hill and had a set of stone steps leading to what had once been the rear door. These steps cut into the existing extension, effectively separating it from the existing house. modern extension to a victorian house edinburgh architect


The brief was to maximise and modernise the existing extension.



To maximise space, I raised the garage ceiling by 400mm, making the space habitable and allowing it to be used as a garden room instead of a garage. By including stairs in the garden room, we could remove the existing stone steps and join the existing kitchen to the new, split level, living room, creating an open plan Living Space.contemporary interior to victorian house edinburgh architectmodernise extension to victorian mid terrace house edinburgh architectWe removed the existing slate roof and replaced it with a flat roof at the same height as the ridge of the previous roof. This maximises internal space and by including a flat-roof skylight, the new dining area is bathed in light.



The main design feature of this project is the use of Trespa cladding boards,



This came about from something as mundane as the need to insulate the building! The existing extension is quite narrow and wasn't insulated, a conventional design would have placed insulation on the inner face of the existing masonry walls, thus reducing internal space ever further. To avoid this, our design placed the insulation on the outside of the wall and covered it with Trespa boards.Many people would consider this kind of project to be mundane and uninteresting but I think this solution shows the value an Architect can bring to ordinary jobs. If you want to see more photos and an early feasibility study (including 3D model!) got to the Capital A website.

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