Insight Architectural Design were appointed to remodel and extend an existing two-storey semi-detached dwelling in Ryton, Northumberland. The proposal seeks to demolish the existing single storey utility, pantry and store room which offered limited usable space, zero thermal efficiency and is in poor repair.

The existing south facing window will be opened up to introduce full height glazed doors, offering direct access between the lounge to the sun terrace. A second opening leads to a new single storey extension via sliding doors into a spacious open-plan kitchen and dining area.

Slot glazing and access door to the east along with a ‘picture window’ to the south will draw natural light into the new space whilst offering a visual connection to landscaped gardens beyond.

Three quarter height bifold doors will open up the kitchen / dining space drawing light and fresh air into the plan whilst providing a physical connection to with the outdoor environment.

The plan form is staggered to reduce overshadowing of the neighbouring property and terrace and whilst offering visual interest and form.

Externally, a mixture of horizontal and vertical timber cladding will offer a contemporary appearance, delineated with full height polyester powder coated aluminium framed windows. And horizontal ‘fins’ providing solar shading.

A GRP roof with powder coated aluminium fascias offers a crisp, clean aesthetic. Above, two large format electrically operated roof windows will further flood the extension with natural day light whilst encouraging natural ventilation and enhanced occupant comfort.     

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