1234 House

Over, Cambridgeshire, England

An extension and renovation of an existing double storey 1960's brick house. The brief was to extend and expand the usable space, reorganising a compact living arrangement and adding additional bedrooms.

Two new volumes sit at either end of the existing house, breaking the scale of building into smaller volumes. These are then distinguished with different timber treatment on the new volumes, while the existing bricks volumes are sliced into simpler forms and painted alternating black and white. Existing windows were all replaced and a new entry porch and landscaping added.

These new areas allow a carving out of new from the old. The downstairs spaces are redivided into an open plan kitchen and dining room facing to the rear, while a dividable living space faces the street, now separate from the entry. Upstairs, new bedrooms at either end allow for an internalised multi-use flexible space, lined with storage. Two large new skylights open this space up and fill it with light.

Achieved on an extremely tight budget, the renovation has transformed the house from a dark cramped series of spaces to an open and light filled family home and is a testament to what is possible with a determined, committed and enlightened client collaboration.

Quarterway Construction

Charles Tallack