Surrey Family Home


Kate and Simon asked us to replace a leaking conservatory at the rear of the house, a leaking conservatory roof which sat between the garage and the kitchen as it was, as well as moving the kitchen to the rear of the house to enjoy the garden, and to create space for an older family member to join them, as well as improving the overall layout and functionality of the house.

The proposals included a new two-storey front/side extension, a single storey rear extension, and the re-modelling / re-planning of the house.

To ensure the new rear addition didn’t appear to austere, we stepped the plan, and set the dining space back slightly.  This was given sliding/folding windows, and an oversailing roof to protect the windows when open from any occasional summer shower.  The soffit of the roof is copper, and we illuminated the material from below to provide some drama, and quality of light at night, all of which is enhanced by the beautiful planting.

The house has not one, but two secret doors; one hidden in the external cladding to access the bike store, and one in the timber panelling in the games room.  If you include the hidden store for the pool cues, you might argue there is a third secret door.

Natural light is important to us – it is good for our wellbeing, and greater natural light means less energy consumption.  We included a very long rooflight to the rear of the house, but also a rooflight at first floor to provide natural light with additional volume and drama to the landing.

Completed in late 2019, 2021 sees us working on proposals for one of the immediate neighbours.

New playroom, store, snug, dining, relocated kitchen, new bedroom, two new en-suites, refurbished bathroom, general alterations, and refurbishment.

Image credits: Pippa Tanko Photography

Image editing: Turner & Hoskins Architects