Situated on the outskirts of Oxford on Boars Hill, this large family home is set in a 3.5-acre semi-wooded estate with views of the famous Oxford spires cityscape. The 7-bedroomed Edwardian house underwent a total refurbishment, upgrade and extension.
The project included a complete refurbishment of the main house as well as the construction of a new 3-storey extension on the end of the existing house. The new extension fused with the original house and involved the complete removal of the end wall and a sympathetic joining of the new building, along with careful matching of materials to the original building.
All the external joinery including the windows and the arch headed doors were made to match those of the original house with corresponding ironmongery. Getting the right match for the brickwork and render involved having samples approved by the planners, the architects and the client.
Extending the green Westmorland slate roof to the new extension required the partial removal of weathered tiles from the rear of the original house for use on the front face of the long roof to meld as one.
The extension houses a part of the enlarged kitchen, which bridges the old and new house, as well as a family room with a TV wall and built in bookcases, 2 en-suite bedrooms and a utility room and cloakroom. The basement contains a home cinema and a wine cellar as well as the plant room and storage facilities.
A ‘Lutron’ controlled lighting system was installed throughout both the old and new sections of the house, as part of the replacement of the mechanical and electrical services. This also included installing under floor heating and a built-in ‘Sonos’ sound system.
In the original house, the existing timber floors were refurbished throughout in combination with a complete redecoration of every room, working in close cooperation with the interior designer to maintain the quality of finish’s desired by the client.
WG Carter also converted a 6-car garage building into a family party room and built a tennis court and pool. Read more about the outdoor living part of the project.