Caroline Fisher has transformed her traditional Victorian stone house in Oldham, Greater Manchester, into a striking family home. Two styles complement one another, creating a cohesive design: warm natural stone combines with crisp white render, glass and clean Modernist lines.
Caroline wanted to extend to take advantage of the surrounding views and, until she met architect Mark Percival of Manchester-based Architecture:M, she had anticipated adding a traditional extension.
Mark helped her realise that the house was badly laid out, although it had been extended twice in recent decades and already had a large amount of space. He suggested a complete remodel, which would involve adding new space and redesigning a series of cluttered spaces.
The property is in a green belt area, but the planners liked the flat-roofed design proposals and approved the project quickly.
At ground floor level, the main two-storey rear extension houses an open-plan kitchen that flows into a dining area (the former kitchen) and a living area. Floor-to-ceiling glazed doors open on to a spacious terraced area. At the heart of the house, a windowless space is now a utility room.
Upstairs, the rear extension provides a new master bedroom with an en suite bathroom and dressing room, plus its own covered balcony area, accessed via two sets of sliding glazed doors.
A second two-storey extension at the front of the property has added a double-height entrance foyer, with a galleried first floor landing that looks out through a two-storey-high window.
The project cost £180,000 and took five months to complete.
In the gallery: To make the most of the views from this property, double-height windows and doors from Commercial Glazing Systems Ltd were fitted in the front entrance extension.
- Architect: Mark Percival, Architecture:M, 0161 237 3324, architecturem.co.uk.
- Construction: Redwood Construction, 01942 870742.