We recently recieved planning permission for the design on Godstow road. Our client wishes to refurbish the existing house into a modern family home, featuring 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, utility space and a large open living/kitchen area on the ground floor. Further to this the front and rear garden will be landscaped including a small area of hard standing to park cars and a store for bikes and bins.
The context consists of a very eclectic array of house styles from different architectural periods. Although most have undergone extension and changes over the years, they appear from Godstow Road as a continuous row of dwellings with the bricolage of styles adding to the charm. This appearance also applies to the rear elevations, however the extent of the extensions and additions are more significant with the rear additions to No 89 and 91 being noticably large.
The new extension to the rear and side has been approached as three different interwoven elements. Firstly, a 2 storey traditional brick gable extension echoing what is present on number 85. Secondly, a ground floor single storey wrap around on the western and southern aspect of the gable extension. For this element a modern style has been adopted to create a striking feature for the main living space. Finally the alley is filled in between the house and number 89 with a discreet extension. This adheres to the 45 degree lines from number 89 and follows the same roof pitch. To achieve its discreet nature it is proposed to clad the roof and walls with roofing slate to allow the house and 89 to be pronounced. The material changes from painted render to the texture of a roof tile will extenuate this.