Crawfordsburn house

Crawfordsburn, Northern Ireland
Domestic extension
Project: Crawfordsburn house
Location: Crawfordsburn, Northern Ireland
Type: Domestic extension

This existing Arts and Crafts Style house was one of a number of homes designed by Florence Fulton Hobson, the first Female Architect in Ireland. The house had been lived in by our client and his family for several generations.

Set in its own grounds, and surrounded by leafy mature trees and manicured gardens, the existing home had been extended poorly with a single storey garage. There was an impractical small kitchen, poor utilities, and a damp garage which had been damaged by a nearby conifer tree.

Our brief was to provide a contemporary spacious Kitchen / Living / Dining space and master bedroom suite in contrast to the smaller existing accommodation. Our solution extended the footprint of the demolished garage perpendicular to the house, and we designed a contrasting contemporary two storey extension subservient to the original house.

The extension is oriented towards the existing private garden with K/L/D that opens onto a paved terrace through a large opening bifold door. The first floor Master Bedroom suite has a large glazed wall providing unfettered views to the trees at the boundary. It was crucial that the new extension remained subservient to the original house. To do this we proposed a
mansard style roof, to have minimal visual impact on the driveway leading around the corner to the original front entrance, where it slots neatly under the eaves of the existing house. The extension uses the existing stair to connect the ground and first floor thereby ensuring future occupiers maintain use of the existing home and its luxurious timber panelled décor.