Dean Drive Remodel
Bowden, South Manchester
ING Engineering - Ian Grindley, Trend Design and Build
Adding Character Value
Our client for this project approached us to add vibrancy to her "very ordinary" (her words!) detached house in Bowdon. We proposed a major extension and internal reconfiguration of this mid-late 20th century two-storey property to create a modern family home with character and fun. The project’s core aim is to give this house a wow factor currently sorely missed. The internal arrangement are of a typical late 90's character, with the design we have sought to bring height, light and beauty and bring this home into the 21st century.
Following a deep dig design process it was decided that a subtle contemporary form was to be developed, one that that reflects the features of the existing house, but seeks to also elevate it. The plan form references the elevational profile of the prominent half-hipped roofs and creates a new terminus
for the building that steps down to the garden level. The resulting set back at the first floor level allows the existing external wall line at the rear too flow round in scaled version of the ground floor and ties into the existing roof pitch. This leaves a very tall vaulted space internally which will make the perfect contemplative office space with its own east facing balcony to capture the morning sunlight through the trees.
The materiality and window placement of the building echo the traditional architecture of the apse in a church in a modern style. The solid base, here in brick, contrasts with arched windows above over two levels which will be recessed in a timber clad finish with a traditional tile roof. An extensive attic conversion with a dormer is also proposed which creates two new large bedrooms and a music studio. The redevelopment of the first floor to rationalise the existing bedrooms, add a laundry room and refreshed master bedroom ensuite is also proposed.
We're hoping to start on site in early April.