The clients at Sandringham approached Grid53 to come up with a number of concept
proposals for the internal remodelling of their existing house, with an additional
rear extension and landscaping for a external bar and entertaining space.
A number of initial proposals and sketch schemes were presented, all demonstrating
various possibilities of modern living within the existing constraints of a 1950’s
dwelling. Our principle aim was to maximise the use of existing large rooms and floor-to-ceiling
heights, and we were able to enhance these by opening up some of the more formal
spaces into a large family living area.
A number of out-of-date features such as the garage (narrow by modern day standards)
and a variety of lean-to’s were either removed or re-used. The existing unused garage
was reduced in size to become an external store with a downstairs WC built into the
rear, accessed from the main hall. Where the lean-to’s once stood, a new rear extension
was created providing a uniform structure to house an extended kitchen, breakfast
bar, dining area and lounge. This in turn, through the use of bi-folding doors and
large glazed openings, provided a superb outlook and access onto the newly landscaped
Upstairs, the dark landing was opened up and reconfigured by removing the tiny study;
this allowed for a number of new rooms, from guest suites to en-suites alongside
a new work/study station overlooking the garden.