The Renovation and extension of a Cumbrian long house in the foot hills of the Pennines and an Area of Natural Beauty. A new gable extension built using stone sourced from the same local quarry as the original building, bonds with the landscape. Over time the fresh building stone will weather and unify with the surrounding dry stone walls. The extension performs as a gate house, greeting you as you enter the yard. A generously wide and vaulted hallway is defined between the volume of the gate house and the original building. Entering offers an axis of two views, one straight through to the garden, the other down the entire length of the house, drawing you in. Internally the house has been opened up to make the most of the original buildings volume and to share as much light from the facades openings. Within this a family of joinery elements are introduced to create rooms within rooms, framing spaces and moments, that can achieve intimacy and focus while still allowing one to feel expanded and connected to the rest of the house.
Private house, Cumbria