18 February 2020

Transformation in Henley-on-Thames

It's not long now until the eighth RIBA Henley Design Day and on Saturday 7th March RPA Architects will once again be exhibiting in the Town Hall from 10.00am to 3.30pm.

Entry is free and the event is a chance for those considering a building project to meet local architects and discuss the project they have in mind. 

At the 2018 Henley Design Day we were approached by a couple who wanted to extend their Victorian home in order to provide a large open and airy kitchen/dining and living space. Following that initial conversation and a subsequent meeting we were appointed and this blog showcases the completed project.


Choosing your architect is an important first step – he or she can not only help you avoid costly mistakes, but they will also suggest features, systems  and materials which will result in a built solution of which you can be extremely proud.

Our clients wanted to incorporate contemporary yet sympathetic materials which would provide modern benefits whilst sitting comfortably alongside the original 19th century building.

By introducing a vaulted space beneath the zinc-clad roof to the rear of the extension and punctuating the ceiling elsewhere with rooflights, the space which was achieved feels even larger than it is. Underfloor heating avoids the loss of wall-space which radiators cause and the wide format engineered walnut flooring which is laid throughout links zones adding to the feeling of spaciousness. Minimal aluminium framed sliding doors mean that internal and external areas flow seamlessly with a level threshold between the wooden floor and stone terrace.


Do come to the Henley Design Day and talk to us about your project, whether you are interested in altering the layout of your home, extending it or building a completely new bespoke property. We are experienced in each of these areas and we will be more than happy to answer your queries and help.