Dwelling Extension & Renovation
Insight Architectural Design were commissioned to create a design to renovate and extend a private derelict house in the village of Gt Whittington, Northumberland. Located within the open countryside and on the edge of the village, the design required careful consideration to ensure that the building was both in keeping with the village architecture, along with ensuring that it had a positive impact on the surrounding open countryside setting.
The client was keen to develop a scheme that provided an ‘upside down’ living space, maximising the long views across the open countryside to the south of the dwelling. The original building was constructed in stone and hanging slate, with pre-formed concrete lintels. The proposed scheme replaced the hanging slate with Western Red Cedar. The dwelling was extended to the west with a timber frame, 1.5 storey extension, also clad in Western Red Cedar. Window and doors are aluminium, with bifold doors providing access from the ground floor kitchen, dining and snug, onto the south facing terrace. The first floor provides an open plan lounge, with glazed screen and French doors opening onto the first-floor balcony, which maximise light into the space, and provide stunning views over the countryside.