the project

Our clients own a wonderful shooting lodge with a traditionally Victorian layout. While this worked well in the main, it lacked a large, light space. They wanted somewhere where their extended family of twelve could gather together and appreciate the beautiful views and gardens.  

How we worked

Designing additions to Victorian houses is always interesting, this house has been added to over the years especially on the ground floor where more operational accommodation was required. Rather than adding another ‘lean to’ extension which would obscure the view from the first-floor bedrooms our solution for this project was to add on a large room to the front of the house which had a flat roof, a parapet wall, a roof lantern and windows on all 3 sides. 


The flat roof means that the extension can be as large as required without interfering with first floor windows or eaves. The lantern brings light into the centre of the plan and stops the rooms behind feeling like internal rooms. Tall double doors open onto the lawn in front making the room perfect for summer entertaining.  


The new extension room was to be the most formal in the house, so we took elements of the simple detailing from the existing lodge and elevated the design into a more formal classical detailing to fit the new room’s status. Entry is directly off the entrance hall so that visiting guests can come into the room off the hall, leaving the rest of the house as private space for the family.  


Success of the project

This project is now complete, and the client and his large family are enjoying their new family room.