A Dorset couple replaced their conservatory to create the ideal modern entertainment space!
We love our Victorian home, but the layout wasn’t suited to modern family life.’ Explains Ashley Lyas. ‘We have two young children, so we invariably spend most of our time in the kitchen, but the original space was small, dark and stuck at the rear of the house with no view of the garden.’
In a bid to resolve their issues with the house, Ashley and Kate contacted RB Studio, giving the team a reasonably open brief to replace a dated and impractical 1990s conservatory at the side of the house with a new addition, which would house a kitchen and dining area leading to an outdoor entertaining space. ‘We knew we didn’t want a typical glass box, but other than that we were open to suggestions,’ says Ashley. ‘W put our trust in the architects to come up with a unique extension that would create an instant connection with the garden.’
The resulting design sets the contemporary extension at an angle to the house, maximizing the tree- lined backdrop of the plot and creating a panoramic outlook over the outdoor space. Clad in dark, burnt larch and attached to the existing property by a frameless glazed link, there’s a clear separation between old and new.