Sheri Haby Architects recently completed renovations at Gable House , a charming Edwardian timber cottage in Sandringham, Norfolk, England. A previously built addition to Gable House incorporated the main bedroom, kitchen and dining area, however, this extension was poorly organized.
“Our client didn’t need a bigger house, just one that worked better, ” the architects said. “Our design direction was to provide a spacious, light-filled, open plan area at the back of the home that better connected to the back yard, and corrected the lack of privacy between the main bedroom and the living area. ”
The home’s original Edwardian architecture at the front of the home, which incorporates 3 bedrooms, a dining area, and a hallway, was retained. The bathroom and laundry were refurbished to include a separate powder room.
In order to maximize garden space, the architects chose to build the extension at the rear of the house. The indoor-outdoor interplay is one of the powerful benefits of the redesign.
“The kitchen and living area were flipped to connect the kitchen with a new outside deck, while the lofty gable roof form was extended over the deck as a timber pergola, ” the designer said. “When the glazed, sliding stacking doors are open, the whole addition becomes an outdoor space. ”
Information provided by Sheri Haby Architects. Photography courtesy of Lisbeth Grosmann.