Clear Architects’ handsome Forest View scheme has recently been featured in two Real Homes articles that focus on how to create an eye-catching extension. The first article, ‘Extensions for every budget’, explores the various designs that can be achieved within a selection of different cost brackets. The second article, ‘17 statement extension design ideas’ rounds up an array of aspirational home improvement projects to inspire ideas for your own scheme.
Forest View involved the expansion of a 1950s home, with the key goal of increasing living space in the property. As part of the project, the homeowners were also keen to create a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor living areas. Clear Architects were commissioned to carry out the design for the scheme, which includes a selection of innovative elements – including a sunken wine cellar.
Melanie Clear, Founder and Managing Director of the practice, says: “The client wanted a seamless transition between living and garden area, so a cantilevered structure with sliding door corner doors was the answer. We included two light boxes in the roof to flood the room with light, even the most overcast of days.”
She continues: “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.”
According to Real Homes, Forest View provides a stunning example of a home improvement scheme completed for under £400,000. According to the article, the total project cost for construction and materials amounted to £360,000. The scheme provides an excellent example of how clever design can be used as a tool to maximise your available budget.
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Other attractive extension schemes designed by Clear Architects include Ducketts Mead, the expansion and reconfiguration of a 1960s home in Roydon, Essex. As part of the project, the practice also designed a standalone photography studio in the property’s garden.