Extension with wrap around glazing and feature stove

This is a project that fully embraces the beauty of open spaces with warm tones and a gentle touch. Allowing a great deal of light in and giving a quality of scandinavian cool. The brief was to design a substantial ground floor extension that would work in both contrast and harmony with a traditional North Oxford house.

The development of this design was carried out over a long period of consultation with the clients, to get the maximum quality to the space whilst working within a specific budget. Architecture was devised working with Ifor Rhys, and the contract completed to a great standard by Stuart Barr Ltd.

Its a picture of restraint, and with the settling of this project late in the year it will be very exciting to see the garden and extension in full bloom giving the full picture to the original concept of outdoor / indoor extension.

The kitchen, hand made by Barr Kitchens links the Victorian house and its contemporary extension, view more kitchen details here

The illustration below shows our early vision for the project. We will be posting a vimeo video of the sketch up model shortly. In brief, a small existing extension was removed, and the back of the house opened up to create a through kitchen an huge space for indoor/ outdoor dining and entertaining, linked externally by level threshold paving externally.


Wrap around sliding doors on the corner take in even the winter sun, and create a real sense of openness. These were commissioned and installed by fineline aluminium architectural glazing who's slimline profiles particularly suited the projects requirements. Detailing the exterior includes

level thresholds seamlessly linking the natural stone inside and out, colour matched guttering and rainwater pipes, and reclaimed bricks and tiles so that the not inconsiderable extension blends with the original house and neighbouring rooflines. 

The external works were designed to take advantage of the scenery. The paved areas at the rear fall to lawn level in large patio steps for outdoor seating. The flooring on the main patio follows through on the same level as the extension with a large format non slip slate. Cut outs in the paving against the garden wall create pockets for planting, mainly herbs but with some herbaceous planting for volume. 

This impressive extension was designed in collaboration with  

Ifor Rhys architect

 which with his clever roofline detail adds vertical church like architecture to the whole shape of the project space. From the kitchen through the top of the window there is also a small view of the canopy of the large Oak at the rear of the garden through the standard patent glazing roof lights. Curved plaster rolls internally soften the whole space, and the light floats rather than creating shadows. 

The roof is very neat and incorporates riverbed shingle with the necessary falls to drainage.

This elegant stove feature was designed with scandinavian ceramic fireplaces in mind. It was put on the angle to allow a view of the fireplace from all over the room and to make it more inclusive and social. The running pattern design of the flooring follows up the chimney breast. The side of the fireplace allowed for a slightly concealed open storage section for wood and stove ephemera, but this is not so evident from the main part of the room.

The architecture works to capture the suns position in that it would throw light around the whole of the space. A long large gallery wall also creates a space for display bringing a museum like quality to the room and lit by Nordlux lighting spots. The TV and sound bar get incorporated into the skin of the building so as not to become too prominent. 

later on we added a rogue-designs extending table made from Ash which you can see detailed



It sits alongside the industrial vintage 

daybed commission

contemporary garden design

Every once in a while we like to get outside for some fresh air, and make a garden. 

soft grasses, hard landscaping and plenty of structure:

this project started off looking like this, so we had a pretty blank canvas. Having worked extensively on the interior, we wanted the design of the garden to link through to the design inside, including the colour palette, and keeping it strikingly modern.

we mapped out beds with different colour gravel borders and paths

and built a wall to conceal the shed from the house, and add a striking backdrop to the planting:

there is a seating area with an outdoor sofa:

a contemporary version of a pergola adds height and privacy without blocking out light.

a herb bed near the kitchen......

the planting includes aquilegia, foxgloves, many species of grasses, penstemmons, aliums, agapanthus, acanthus, irises, salvia, mathiesella, hostas and verbena, many rare varieties, all grown and sourced from the magnificent bob Brown at

Cotswold Garden Flowers


The owner is now a keen and skilful gardener, who says she loves her plants - each and every one. which is a real pleasure to know.