Alex and Sam - Hertfordshire Contemporary Home
- Project Year: 2015
- Project Cost: £500,001 - £750,000
- Country: United Kingdom
- Postcode: AL6 9NQ
Alex and Sam purchased their run down cottage in Welwyn, Hertfordshire, as a renovation project to develop into their dream home. The original house was a small two up two down cottage that had been extended to both sides. The house had fallen into a state of disrepair and required extensive renovation and refurbishment to bring back to modern living standards.
The house stands on a very unique site. It backs onto a road with a level change down to a river below; the main part of the garden being located to the other side of the river and accessed over a small bridge. Due to the property’s setting it was decided in the initial design to flip the living spaces to the upper floor, and move the sleeping accommodation down to the lower level thus creating an upside down house. A new garage structure and carport was added to the side of the house.
The upper level was designed as a single open-plan space, with three clearly defined area’s; kitchen, dining and living. One of the key design elements was the first floor terrace that wraps itself around the upper level. This allows for the living space to spill outside through the full height doors and creates a lovely outside seating area for the summer months.
To the lower level a series of bedrooms open out onto the river and garden beyond, maximising the views. The bathrooms and ensuites are located to the road side of the lower level against the existing retaining wall, where they have unique features due to the existing buttresses that were inplace to help support this wall. Careful consideration in the design phase was needed in placing the sinks and baths between these structural elements.