Faced with the challenge of extending a substantial family home in Greenbelt, The Intelligent Design Centre had to address issues such as scale, mass and aesthetic demands in a manner that presented a recognised later addition to this already impressive house without being visually dominant.

The site, located on the outskirts of a small village is in a distinctly rural area is in Greenbelt.  It also neighbours a previous IDC property that featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs.  Given this context, the solution adopted a modernist white-rendered and slate-hung design that avoided aesthetic competition.

The addition presents a ‘book-end’ and balance to the existing principle facade whilst the main volume of the new-build element is located towards the rear.  The introduction of a sizeable balcony offers an external sitting area with far-reaching views and enables natural light into the main living spaces.

Location: Bolton, Lancashire
Key Aspects: Architecture, Greenbelt