Imagine waking up in your Victorian mid-terrace house and enjoying a cup of coffee while watching the sunrise, all from the comfort of your own home. That’s exactly what Russell and Oliver can now experience, thanks to a cost-effective and transformative rear intervention by CMA..

Project Name-Rensburg Villas Garden Room
Studio Name-Ciarcelluti Mathers Architecture Ltd
Project size- 20m2
Site size – 180 m2
Completion date- 2020
Building levels- 1
Photographer- brotherton-lock Photography

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The brief given to the design team was simple yet challenging: create a ground-floor extension that would increase living space, improve the quality and comfort of the home, and bring more natural light to the core of the house. The clients were also determined to connect the kitchen area to the rear garden and create a garden room that would allow them to bask in the morning light. All of this had to be achieved within a limited budget and with a stress-free experience.

Despite these challenges, the design team rose to the occasion and delivered a unique extension that exceeded the clients’ expectations. By prioritizing a light timber structure and minimizing the use of steel, they were able to keep the environmental impact to a minimum while staying within the budget. The addition of a glazed side infill extended the kitchen area and brought more natural light to the house’s core, while a closet wing extension created the perfect garden room with a glazed corner and a slim structural column for maximum visual connection with the garden.

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But it wasn’t just about the design. The design team carefully selected a trustworthy contractor through a competitive tender process to ensure a stress-free project for the clients. The contractor’s proactive approach helped complete the project without any unforeseen costs or stress.

What’s truly unique about this project is the use of a glass design for the garden room. It not only gives access to morning sunlight that the clients had never had before, but also catches the early light perfectly, allowing them to appreciate their surroundings even more from the comfort of their own home. The amount of natural light in the house has significantly increased, improving the clients’ overall wellbeing.

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This project is a testament to what can be achieved with careful planning, a creative design, and a dedicated team. If you’re looking to transform your home on a budget, take inspiration from this project and consider the transformative power of a well-designed extension.


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