Former Coach House
Full refurbishment of detached victorian coach house in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Hall, sitting room, kitchen, dining room, utility room, office, cloakroom, four bedrooms (two en suite), bathroom.
- Date: April 2013
- Client: James Kenwright
- Project Type: Full Refurbishment
- Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
About this Project
Full refurbishment of detached Victorian coach house in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Hall, sitting room, kitchen, dining room, utility room, office, cloakroom, four bedrooms (two en suite), bathroom. Everything bar the walls was removed during this refurbishment, including the roof to create a new vaulted ceiling.
A free-flowing floor plan was achieved by removing interior walls and adding a glass extension at the rear of the property. The corner less glass extension formed using cantilevered steels, all liaised with our structural consultant and building control. The long sitting room has been sectioned into three distinct seating areas, where the family can all be together while still doing their own thing.
‘We chose classic white units so that they wouldn’t date too quickly,’ says James. ‘They also make the room feel less crowded.’
The couple found the exisiting dining area both impractical and uninspiring, so it was relocated to the stunning glass extension.
‘The bath is raised off the floor because it’s like a hollowed-out egg and when you’re in it you’re basically sitting on the floor, which felt odd,’ says James.
This long space is split into three area for reading, relaxing and watching TV. ‘Each zone works really well and we use separate lighting to help define them.’ explains James.
The picture window offers a clear view of the garden.
‘Instead of a traditional powder-blue scheme, I went for a mix of soft greys, including Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White and Manor House Gray, which is much more my style,’ says James.
With the new glass-box extension overlooking the garden, it was important that Adrienne and James’ outdoor space looked impressive. A tranquil Asain theme has been adopted, complete with a water feature and Chinese plants, and the decking was chosen to match the Douglas fir flooring, which runs throughout the interiors. When the family has guests over on sunny days, they pull the dining room’s glass doors all the way back, so that inside and outdoors become one large sociable area.