Homebuilding & Renovating: Brilliant Extensions

Clear Architects’ striking Forest View scheme has been featured in Homebuilding & Renovating magazine as an example of an inspiring contemporary extension. The project was featured in the publication’s ‘Brilliant Extensions’ supplement, which showcases an array of stunning design ideas for this type of project.

Wow factor design

As well as creating extra living space via a new extension to the original 1950s house, Clear Architects was tasked with creating a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor areas. An array of innovative glazed elements were incorporated to achieve this goal. In fact, the clever use of glass is one of the design elements the Homebuilding & Renovating article focuses on.

Melanie Clear, Founder and Director of Clear Architects, says:

“The client wanted a seamless transition between living and garden areas, so a cantilevered structure with sliding corner doors was the answer. We included two light boxes in the roof to flood the room with light, even on the most overcast of days.”

The scheme encompasses new rear extensions to the ground and first floors of the property, as well as a reconfiguration of the existing internal layout. Wrap-around glazing on the ground floor helps achieve the unbroken connection between inside and out.

Other notable design elements include a green sedum roof atop the single-storey section of the extension. As well as creating an attractive view from the bedrooms overlooking the living roof, this feature boosts the thermal efficiency of the new addition. Materials included render, charred timber and aluminium-framed windows complement one another to establish an elegant palette of external materials. The garden was also re-landscaped as part of the project.

Melanie Clear says: “We consider Forest View to be a superior example of our refurbishment projects. It has been rewarding to receive such a high level of media interest from consumer titles across the country.”

Extension expertise

Other eye-catching extension schemes designed by Clear Architects include Stansted Road, a sensitive one/two-storey addition to a Victorian property situated in a Conservation Area.

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