Our architects were particularly careful about maintaining the building's traditional character, ensuring that the addition would not overpower the existing structure. They've spent considerable time on modelling mass to ensure that the cottage isn't going to appear to be swallowed up by a "tsunami" of a rear extension. Here are some examples of what I mean:
In contrast, here are some other examples of renovations where the additions have not compromised the original buildings. From the road, there appears to be little change - they have not been raised or visibly altered and retain their relationship with the street. The original houses have remained largely untouched, and it's not until you enter through their front doors, that you realise just what lies beyond.
|Chelmer House, Owen and Vokes|
|Raven St House, James Russell Architects|
|Skinner St House, Bloc Design|
I rather like the element of surprise. Don't you?
Because our addition has been carefully planned, we end up with a decent amount of indoor and outdoor space with no loss of amenity to ourselves or our neighbours. The traditional elements of our timber and tin cottage will be retained but the house will be re-designed to become more liveable.