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Best Extension | Homebuilding and Renovating Awards

We are delighted that Little Lutterburn has been announced as Best Extension in the The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2020!

The judges said, ‘The clients sought to introduce much-needed natural light and space to their home.  This extension has not only achieved this but packs an architectural punch – mirroring the original building shape, while utilising materials that ensure it stands out in its own right.’ 

Congratulations to everyone involved in this project – The Clients, C&S; Contractor, ADWilliams; Engineer, MJM; and all the other subcontractors involved. Its always a team effort.

This contemporary addition transforms the layout of the compact dwelling, creating a vaulted ply lined entrance with a feature staircase, broken plan reception spaces and a new master suite at first floor. Clad in zinc and cedar, this new element has open gables drawing light deep into the plan. On the edge of a conservation area in the South Hams the project connects the house to its garden and creates a light and relaxed home.

This small barn was converted in the 2000s to form a compact two bedroom dwelling. Organised around a hallway and stair in the centre of the plan, the layout was dark and disconnected from its garden. Natural light was limited and with a footprint of only 80sqm, the accommodation was cramped and family life was bursting out at the seams.

The brief called for much needed additional space and a re-think of the layout to provide improved access and circulation, and to connect the house to its garden and distant views. At the heart of the brief was the requirement to bring natural light into the property.

A large addition to the rear of the property has almost doubled the footprint and created a dwelling that feels light, airy and relaxed. The gabled form of the original barn has been repeated to the rear, building over an existing terrace. Clad in zinc and cedar, this new element has open gables drawing light deep into the plan. The front door has been moved to this addition, with a vaulted entrance connecting all of the rooms of the house.

At ground floor the entrance leads through to a new dining room, with views right through the plan to a new terrace beyond. The dining room is connected to the kitchen in the original house by a large new opening and a further opening connects the hallway to the enlarged living room.

The external materials reference the agricultural history of the building, while also presenting a contemporary and contrasting appearance. The zinc and cedar compliment the natural stonework, and the modern windows tie the two elements together. A louvred cedar screen on the glazed south gable provides privacy to neighbours and shading from summer sun. Internally the vaulted spaces are lined with ply and where possible stonework has been left exposed.

Celebrating the achievements of self-builders, extenders and renovators for almost three decades, The Daily Telegraph and Homebuilding & Renovating have worked together to find the very best individual homes in the UK.


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