Ducketts Mead


When we saw this 1960’s house – Ducketts Meads – on a floodplain by the River Stort we were immediately captivated, just like our clients!

The brief was to extend this quirky building to house a new kitchen and lounge/diner, allowing a re-configure upstairs and to construct a stand-alone professional photography studio in the garden.


Ducketts Mead

What We Did

When designing the ground floor extension and the studio – which stretches out perpendicular to the original building – we ensured the roof line was mirrored by the position of the Garden Studio. This linked the two buildings together visually.

By re-imagining the layout of the second floor, a master bedroom with en-suite, a lounge and a further bedroom were created as part of the remodelled upstairs. The second floor now offers views across the living ‘green’ roof of the ground floor extension and of the garden studio new build.

  • Location
    Roydon, Essex
  • Status
    Completed October 2015
  • Cost

Design Features

  • Created external feature stone wall on the extension, which adds aesthetic texture and individuality.
  • Glazed corner with overhang and doors opening out onto the garden, providing an architectural feature.
  • Changed windows to picture windows at front and back offering clean lines aesthetically and visibility to the garden.
  • Feature lighting on the outside.
  • Continuous flooring from inside to outside creates an aesthetic flow.
  • Over-cladded the external walls with timber slats (to main building ) to replace tired concrete tiles.

"Our client spotted something special when purchasing this property but needed help to understand how best to realise its full potential. Through much early development, a modest ground floor extension was proposed, which I believe not only created the missing piece to the house in terms of aesthetic but also functionally.

A key inspiration for the project was the surrounding grounds and how to ensure key views where enjoyed in very different ways when within the house.

I particularly like how the stained pine cladding turned out, I feel it truly revives the existing house."

James Mors, Associate Director

Garden Studio

Living 'Green' Roof

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