Frog Castle, Extension of a Grand Period Property in Cheshire, UK

Frog Castle, Extension of a Grand Period Property in Cheshire, UK

Project: Frog Castle Extension
Architects: Scott Donald Architecture
Location: Cheshire, United Kingdom
Area 250.0 m2
Project Year 2017
Photographer: Daniel Hopkinson

Frog Castle is a grand period property in the heart of Alderley Edge, Cheshire. The brief was to remodel the ground floor living spaces and to create additional area in the form of a ‘glass box’. As well as this, the basement was to be converted to a games room, cinema room and utility spaces, and the upper floor bedrooms and en-suite accommodation was developed.

house extension, Scott Donald Architecture

A key element of the design was the connection of ground floor to basement floor, and the client’s desire for it not to feel like an underground / secondary floor. We achieved this by looking closely at the position and design of the stair. By positioning the stair off the kitchen, any family member using the basement must circulate past the living spaces, promoting interaction. The stair itself is wide, open and positioned under an expanse of glazing, making the sent and descent an inviting event.

kitchen, house extension, Scott Donald Architecture

Though highly contemporary, the extension needed to sit comfortably in context with the traditional house. Externally and internally, careful consideration was given to the interfaces between old and new, traditional and contemporary. The period features of the house needed to transition to contemporary and be almost unnoticed.

kitchen, house extension, Scott Donald Architecture

Like most residential briefs, there was a requirement to open the house to the garden. Here, this was achieved in an inventive way by opening the corner of the extension – the tall, 3.2m glass doors sliding back into pockets to leave a structureless corner, further lightened by a 4x2m glass section overhead. The corner of the building seemingly disappears to create a connection to the garden, perfectly facilitating inside-outside living.

Frog Castle, Extension of a Grand Period Property in Cheshire, UK

living room, house extension, Scott Donald Architecture

kitchen, house extension, Scott Donald Architecture

Frog Castle, Extension of a Grand Period Property in Cheshire, UK

house extension, Scott Donald Architecture

house extension, Scott Donald Architecture

Frog Castle, Extension of a Grand Period Property in Cheshire, UK

Frog Castle, Extension of a Grand Period Property in Cheshire, UK

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