ST CATHERINE'S, Winchester, Hampshire
Scheme: Rear Extension / Client: Private / Type: Residential / Location: Winchester, Hampshire
This semi-detached property on St Catherine's Road in Winchester, Hampshire overlooks the eastern part of the city and playing fields towards the South Downs. Though it is Victorian in character, this is most prominent on the front elevation, as viewed from the roadside. The rear of the house is in need of modification and the number of bedrooms increased from two to four, to update the appearance of the building and give the house enough room to accommodate the clients growing family.
The proposal includes the removal of the the lean-to conservatory at the back of the house, opening up the rear of the house to the full width of the site, and constructing a red brick ground level contemporary and open plan kitchen and dining space that connects to the garden through a large opening fitted with full height glazed sliding doors. The sedum roof of this single storey element softens the view of the rear garden from the second storey.
Above this the scheme expands the existing first floor area outwards to create new bedrooms and bathroom spaces. This element is wrapped in vertical zinc panels. Slot windows focus the views to the distant hills of the South Downs whilst being careful to limit overlooking to neighbouring rear gardens. The basement space is linked to the street with a dedicated entrance for a home office. The contemporary design of the extension proposal offsets against the existing Victorian building and is distinctively different in appearance while improving the way the house occupied and expanding the potential of the property, rather than create a pastiche design copying the existing architectural language which may have been unconvincing in such a situation.