RPA Architects were approached by the new owners of this property, one of four 1960’s detached bungalows located just outside Didcot Old Conservation Area in South Oxfordshire. They favoured modern design and wanted to alter and extend their home to provide additional accommodation, but at the same time they were keen to ensure flexibility for the future and their changing needs.
Good contemporary design respects context and we devised a solution which includes the demolition of an existing garage and a flat-roofed link area, creating a new in-fill extension at the rear of the property and achieving conversion of the loft space by increasing the roof pitch from 35° to 40°.
By articulating both massing and roof line the scheme presents variety along the building frontage. Noting that neighbouring properties are either rendered or faced with brick, we have also addressed the fact that the building stands alone in having reconstituted stone elevations, modernising its appearance with render vertical timber cladding.
The eastern boundary of the site is immediately adjacent to a large open space which lies within the conservation area and the proposed alterations will allow the occupants views in this direction. Importantly, the scale and design of proposed alterations are in keeping with the character of the area and respect the setting of the conservation area.