A glazed atrium extension

Adding a two-storey glazed extension to a five-bedroom house to create a connection between the living spaces on the first floor and the kitchen below.

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The design: A two-storey glazed extension to a five-bedroom house.

The budget: £300,000

The brief: To create a connection between the living spaces on the first floor and the kitchen below

Jude Tugman of Architect Your Home (architect-yourhome.com) explains how the brief was achieved: ‘When the owners bought this house, it was in need of considerable refurbishment. The lower ground floor was severely lacking in light and had virtually no link to the upper floors, being accessed primarily from outside steps. The solution was to demolish the existing rear extension and replace it with a two-storey glazed atrium. A new spiral staircase has provided a vertical link between the spaces and brought the beautiful, upper ground floor living rooms into a meaningful connection with the new family room and kitchen, which are positioned on the lower ground level, as well as linking with the now easily accessible outdoor space ’

In the gallery: The separate floors and garden lacked flow and felt disjointed. The issue of poor natural light was solved with extensive use of glass.