Traditional, period-specific design plays a massive role in defining the character of any building. This character is often the reason we fall in love with our homes in the first place. So, when you’re planning and designing an extension, it’s important to take into account the original architecture and consider ways to retain and enhance your property’s unique charm.
If you’re seeking to modernise and expand your home, staying true to the original architecture can be a challenge. To ease the process and help you to create the extension you’re dreaming of, we’ve listed a few solutions below.
Building up is a great way to add space to your home, especially in situations where there is little land surrounding the property. If you’re lucky enough to have an attic space, a loft conversion can be really effective for modernising your interior and adding extra space, without too many alterations to the exterior look of the original architecture.
Depending on the traditional style of your home, it can be hard to find an exact match in materials for your extension. In these cases, simply attaching an extension to your house can compromise the aesthetic of your home. An alternative option is to source similar materials and build a separate structure with an adjoining link to the original house. With a modern structure, such as a glazed walkway, between the two, any incongruence will be more subtle and the period character of your home will be retained.
Extensions don’t have to be inside spaces. If you’re looking for extra living space, an outdoor room might provide exactly what you’re looking for. For a traditional feel, a veranda provides plenty of extra space and a covered place to sit and watch the world go by. Alternatively, a covered garden area with a steel roof can provide a subtle yet modern addition to a period home.
If you’re concerned about losing the period aesthetic of your home’s exterior, cantilevered solutions, such as mezzanine floors, are another space-creating option to consider. These can add a modern twist to a traditional interior and can be as large or small as your space allows.
Oak is a fantastic material for bridging the gap between old and new. Oak beams in your extension can give your space an instant rustic and traditional feel. Combining these with large windows, plenty of light and modern materials, such as glass, can give your room a contemporary take on the traditional.
If you’d like some advice on planning an extension with a period aesthetic in mind, we’re here to help. We’ll assist you in the visualisation and design process to ensure you have a stress-free, no tears experience from concept to creation. Get in touch with the Nutshell team to find out how we can help you.