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Birchall Road, Bristol

The Clients for this 1930's house in Redland approached EJ Studio to design a replacement rear and side extension, and review the layout of the whole ground floor and garden of their home. The key aims were to maximise on the site's south-facing orientation and far-reaching views, improve the connection and layout of the large sloped garden, and upgrade the thermal performance of the overall house. 

Planning permission was obtained for the new extensions, the rear of which will have 2.8m internal ceiling heights in order to seamlessly connect with the existing rear dining room and snug. A material palette of pale textured brick and off-white render was chosen, with a concrete plinth detail forming a datum between the two that wraps around both extensions and breaks up the simplicity of the proposed forms. 

An open-plan kitchen and dining space was created within the new rear extension. Tall sliding doors and a large L-shaped window seat enhance the visual connectivity to views out from the house, whilst a wrap-around timber pergola provides necessary shade in summer. Within the side extension, which replaces a previously uninsulated and leaky lean-to, there will be a small study, utility, wc and garage store. 


Externally a series of brick terraces, planting beds and an inbuilt seat embed both extensions within the context and create a free-flowing connection to the stepped garden beyond. Planting at patio level, which wraps around the large corner picture window, softens the rectilinear form of the extension and patio levels. 


Internally, the space is arranged around a generous island with all kitchen units and the main worktop run contained to one wall. The kitchen, inbuilt window seat and dresser have been designed by Jeremy Price and were handmade prior to installation on site, with a mixed palette of oak, granite and painted finishes.

EJ Studio was appointed up to the end of RIBA Stage 4. On-going advice and support was provided to the Client whilst they managed the build on site.

Project Details:

Contractor: PWT Builders

Structural Engineer: Clegg Associates

Kitchen & Joinery: Jeremy Price Design

Photography: Pete Helme

Status: Completed 2022





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