Little Metal Tardis
Why a Tardis? Because from the outside, it looks quite a lot smaller than it really is. But that was thanks to the site…
This was an under-used, awkward space sitting between the house and a railway line. The tapering nature of the site meant the geometry would largely determine the footprint of the new addition which was required to provide more space for the growing family; a new family room to provide play space, a dining area and a new loo and cloakroom.
Completed by a local Edenbridge builder in April 2016, the ‘metal box’ focuses views to the existing garden from within, whilst also resolving the complex geometry resulting from the site layout. By pushing the box toward the garden, a connection between home and garden is achieved that was perhaps lacking previously from the living areas.
Because we like to squeeze out every ounce of space from a design, the roof is vaulted internally which provides a lofty, light-filled space, but also gave enough room for a small mezzanine to provide study space accessed via a ladder. External wall construction facing the boundary was reversed to expose brickwork internally, providing a ‘loft’, or ‘warehouse’ feel to the space.
Turner & Hoskins Architects were a joy to work with. Their enthusiasm, passion and creativity resulted in a design that continues to exceed our expectations. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.
Chris and Claire
Completed on a very competitive budget, many of the final fixtures and fittings were sourced by the homeowner, and we think they did a pretty good job!