Courtyard House, North Bristol

This Edwardian semi-detached house in North Bristol had been previously extended in an ad-hoc manner. Our intervention creates coherent and usable spaces within the existing U-shaped footprint: separate rooms have been opened up to create a generous kitchen-dining-living area facing the garden, the existing garage has been converted to a games room. High-performance sliding doors connect the courtyard with the living areas, a picture window frames the view to the upper garden. The external appearance of the extension has been radically altered to provide a contemporary aesthetic; cedar cladding on the lower volume straddles external and internal walls to create a striking feature in the kitchen.