MOOi have obtained planning approval to reconfigure and extend a detached property to the north-west of the city centre in Cambridge.
Although the owners were mostly happy with their home and its location, the proportion of rooms at ground floor were very impractical and could benefit from a larger open plan kitchen/dining area suitable for modern living, with an improved front entrance/porch. At first floor it is also proposed to extend above part of the new extension below, in order to provide much needed additional space for their young family.
The proposed scheme refines and zones the varying functions at ground floor and improves usability and connectivity. The open plan kitchen/dining/snug area at the rear becomes the main focus of the home, whilst other more functional areas such as the Utility and Cloakroom have been internalised and positioned at the side of the property, not only for the practicalities of services/drainage, but also to maintain and improve secondary access into the property. At the front of the property it is proposed to create a home office/guest room for visiting elderly relatives, which is deliberately separate from the main living area to provide privacy and seclusion when in use. At first floor it is proposed to reconfigure the layout of the existing bedrooms to provide access to a fourth bedroom at the rear with a new en-suite and walk in wardrobe.
The proposal rationalises and combines the rear additions into a singular modest, yet contemporary gesture, finished in blue render at ground floor and open jointed timber cladding at first floor. The distinctive bold design and palette of materials seeks to compliment the existing building, yet remain as a subservient entity. The large glazed opening at the rear of the extension maximises natural daylight and provides a strong visual connection through into the garden.
We look forward to further progressing this project through the detail design stages.