This detached town house in North Oxford underwent a complete refurbishment including the construction of a two-storey extension to one side of the building and a single storey, contemporary, extension to the rear of the property.
The external fabric of the 3-storey Victorian house required extensive refurbishment. WG Carter replaced the clay tile roof and added improved insulation. All the chimneys were relined and the existing Victorian fireplaces were removed and sent away for complete renovation before being reinstated back in their original locations. The external masonry was cleaned and repaired and all the wooden windows were skilfully refurbished with added security enhancements installed. Inside, the bathrooms were replaced with modern fittings and fixtures but in a traditional Victorian style to complement the house.
The single storey extension at the rear was built of red brick with natural stone dressings to the windows to exactly match the design of the original house. The flat roof includes a glass roof lantern light that is surrounded by a Sedam modular grass roof covering. A stunning feature is the full height glazed corner, which consists of 3 slim-line sliding doors that open onto the patio and garden for complete inside/outside living.
This large open plan extension incorporates a new fitted kitchen with a dining area and a lounge/snug. There is also a walk in climate-controlled wine cellar that contains bespoke wooden bottle storage and a tasting area.
A new 2 story extension to the side of the property houses the plant room and a store room on the ground floor. Above it on the first floor is a new en-suite for the master bedroom.
At the front of the house, the existing boundary wall was removed in order for the works to be carried out. On completion of the project, it was rebuilt in a similar style with the addition of traditional black wrought iron North Oxford railings.
Architect: Riach Architects
Photographer: Andy Smith