Our client approached us to design a replacement annexe for this sizeable property, which is located near Brockenhurst in the heart of the New Forest. Sited within a wonderful garden and adjacent coppice, this brief gave us a fantastic opportunity to design a stunning contemporary counterpoint to the existing home, and to provide spaces with deep connections to their splendid surroundings.
The final design took the form of a fully self-contained dwelling which was nevertheless connected to existing house with a glazed link. A large primary living space has expansive areas of glass providing views across the garden, and a raised roof bestowing a wonderful feeling of space.
Black render and pre-weathered anthracite zinc accentuate the contrast between old and new still further, whilst allowing the extension to fade away into the shadows of the adjacent copse, and ensuring that the main house remains primary. However, the form of the annexe does takes cues from the existing dwelling, with the chimney stack mimicking the central bay of the southern facade.
The success of this project can be attributed both to a client who was willing to take bold, brave decisions and because of the work of an experienced contractor who paid close attention to our detail and was prepared to apply contemporary construction techniques.