A small ground floor rear extension designed and built on an extremely tight budget, around a small patio.
Davide di Martino Architect, of Unagru Limited,
Context & Brief
Construction budget: £45000
Construction time: 16 weeks
Procurement: JCT Minor Works
Rather than move out of their ground floor 1 bedroom flat, the clients asked us to study potential solutions to obtain an additional bedroom.
We devised a small extension that would provide just enough space for a comfortable, combined kitchen dining and living area, allowing to create a small additional bedroom. The project was designed as a small set of interventions that would increase the volume and provide the backdrop for the second phase intervention: a set of bespoke furniture elements that will provide continuity, storage and a new structure to every space. Given the tightness of timing and budget, part of the bespoke joinery project has been postponed, and the most important items carefully selected: steps providing access to the patio, and encasing the low-level radiators.
The extension building was designed following, and underlining, the skewed shape of the plot. The main sliding door to the patio is therefore perpendicular to the skewed wall and oriented slightly towards the small bedroom door, allowing a continuous view through the patio and between the two interiors. The patio becomes an additional room, and connecting element between the playful child's room and the living area, ambiguously merging interior and exterior spaces.
From the outside, the building is perceived as a natural extension of the original building's plastered pediment.
The result is an airy, bright sequence of spaces, carefully designed to meet the exact needs of the inhabitants. On any bright day, the layout expands to incorporate the patio and therefore becomes a circular sequence of interconnected rooms.