The existing house was in need of refurbishment. The floor layout was cumbersome and reflected two separate houses as opposed to one intergrated unit. The existing hallway was narrow and dreary. There were two stairs to access the first floor and the original full width rooms had been split or become walh-through corridors to access parts of the house.
The client wanted to retain the use of five bedrooms but look at adding some ensuites. One bedroom was to be located on the ground floor for ease of access. The kitchen/dining area was small and uncomfortable and didnt allow for the family to interact together. The living room acted as a corridor and the client wanted this to revert back to a living space.
While the house had sufficent floor area, the layout was disjointed, fussy and without function. In order to create some calm and order, it was essential to remove the "walk-through" nature of some of the rooms and return these rooms to there full width to reflect the original layout.
To achieve this we relocated the main entrance within a glazed atrium and accommodated a feature staircase in a curved structure externally clad in stone. This atrium allows us to essentially locate a new hall and landing outside the original structure and this enabled us to remove any "walk-through" rooms and return the rooms to their full width.
The original hall and stairway were removed and the space added to the kitchen/dining area to accommodate a family space. This enabled the entire family to function within the one large space.