Contemporary Rear Extension, Rowledge

The existing living and kitchen space have been extended by the addition of a contemporary flat roof extension to the rear of the property.

Rather than try to create a pastiche extension with undersized windows and difficult roof junctions it was decided early on to create a contemporary design that was clearly a modern addition to this traditional house. Large glazed openings and rooflights maximise daylight while the cantilevered roof form provides protection from excess solar gain. The soffit is of sweet chestnut cladding, a locally sourced alternative to western red cedar shipped from Canada with its high embodied CO2 footprint.

The walls are constructed of solid single skin blockwork to reduce construction time and the whole extension is then wrapped in insulation giving a much better thermal performance than cavity construction while also being extremely cost efficient and simple to build.

Completed in January 2007 at a construction cost of around £60,000.