Extending your home used to be a game of matching materials, studying brick bonds and calculating a similar roof pitch. Now, however, it has become increasingly common for homeowners to choose home extension designs that offer a contemporary and contrasting aesthetic to add variety to their living space. It can be hard to nail, but this home in Cheshire highlights how effective a contrasting, contemporary rear extension can be, when done well.
Relaxed, multifunctional living is now a reality thanks to this distinctive, sociable and spacious open-plan addition. The kitchen is probably the busiest room in your house, so it’s no wonder that creating a family friendly, multifunctional space was high on the agenda for this homeowner. It was soon decided that the best way to achieve this was by designing a home extension that increased their available kitchen space.
The overall result is a much more sociable area for the family to spend time together. The open-plan kitchen is bathed in natural light, with a small staircase leading down to a versatile dining and living area which, thanks to our bi-folding doors, can be adapted to suit the changing seasons.
This fluid design flows from the kitchen down to the garden, linked by the dramatic glass extension which contains two large three panel XP View bi-folding doors. These bi-folds span three metres and stand at 2.5 metres tall. Above the bi-folding doors are two shaped gable frames which are essential to the contemporary design of the space. The return is glazed also, with two large picture windows forming the return, and a second window leading straight into the higher-level kitchen space.
We have expertly finished off this contemporary extension by cloaking the various structural supports with bespoke, insulated, aluminium pressings. This ties together the aluminium doors and windows into one seamless structure, and has contributed to the bold aesthetic of this feature extension. The bi-folding doors and glazed return wall also boast electronically operated integral blinds so privacy, light and solar gain can be controlled by remote control, without being detrimental to the clean, minimalist aesthetic of this versatile, new living space.