PRIVATE HOUSE: GRAFTON HOUSE

PROJECTS


Design note


The property is situated on Grafton Road which is located within ‘The Park’ character area which forms part of the wider Central Conservation Area of Cheltenham. It is one of four mid 19th Century houses built in a Regency style terrace and is on the Index of Buildings of Local Interest, which make a positive and distinct contribution to the street. The brief was to create a striking modern rear extension that reflects the quality of its location whilst renovating the existing house to become a comfortable family home conducive to the demands of modern day living. The lower ground floor  which was once a self-contained flat will be reintegrated into the the main house and will accommodate a generous living space, guest bedroom, playroom and utility. The ground floor will see the modernisation of the kitchen with the addition of a new dining area overlooking the mature garden which will be linked to the lower ground floor by a new staircase. The first floor will remain largely the same and will simply be refurbished, whilst the second floor will become largely dedicated to the master bedroom, with a generous en-suite dressing room and study. The rear extension is contemporary in form and use of materials and will read as a new phase in the development and history of the building. The materiality of the extension will consist of dark brick at the garden level to contrast against the off-white stucco / render of the existing rear elevation. At upper ground floor level timber boards will be laid vertically and will include projecting timber fins to break up the mass of the elevation and add visual interest.

Planning Permission was granted in late 2014 and the project is currently on site.