Featured on TV ‘ABOUT THE HOUSE’ November 2011 – see extracts from O’Neill Architecture on About The House
Featured in – Plan Magazine May/June 2013
The owners main request was for larger, brighter spaces within the house. Given the south west orientation of the front of the house, the space to the side was the ideal location for a single-storey extension offering sun throughout the entire day. We also observed that the garden was not being used to its full capacity, possibly due to its exposure as a corner site. By tapering the extension towards the back wall of the existing house along the south north axis we were able to create a large, well lit indoor space, as well as a private outdoor space capturing the sun until after midday. This activates the use of the north east facing back garden and avoids subsequent disuse from being cut off from the sun. To the front the extension wraps around 45 degrees to catch the evening sun. A semi-private outdoor space is created through this enclosure with a low trellis enhancing the enjoyment of the front garden.
Sustainability in Materials
The top of the curved wall of the extension relates to the line of the stone cladding to the front of the house. Horizontal panel of silver grey coloured timber veneer resin bound panels bend with the curve to create a smooth sweep to the rear. The panels follow and pick up the subdivisions of the windows and french doors and are dressed with a zinc flashing at the top.
Again we have used solid wood windows & doors, triple-glazing, and a high quality breathable timber frame construction with 100% sheepswool and wood-fibre board following our Zero Waste principles and also ensuring a healthy room environment.
Urban Town Planning
The one-storey extension now offers a face to the square as opposed to the existing blank gable wall. The curved extension also picks up the feature of the corner site by replicating the curved garden wall. At the same time the curved wall of the extension gives the house owner privacy on this very exposed corner site.