Watch House - Domestic Three Storey Extension
|Project:||Three-storey extension to an old boathouse|
We were initially approached by Anthony De Moubray, an architect residing in France, to assist with the technical aspect and delivery of the project. Our clients Mr & Mrs Young purchased the dilapidated boat house from an elderly family member with a view to extending and modernising the building for a weekend house. As can be seen from the photographs the building was quite small and in a terrible state. Situated 10m from the beach the property had been ravaged by the coastal weather for over a century.
The project involved a considerable amount of engineering. The existing walls were underpinned and most of the floor joists replaced. The walls needed a damp proof course and the fenestration was completely replaced. Due to the topography of the site the basement was extended and forms a lower ground floor level playroom, plant room and pool change area. The ground floor of the extension includes a new principle entrance, kitchen/diner and living room, all open-plan. With large sliding folding doors leading onto the landscaped gardens and patio area the clients desire for daylight and connection between inside and outside spaces was achieved perfectly. Accommodation on the first floor comprises four double bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom. The master bedroom has a feature picture window with dramatic sea views across the bay to Ramsgate. Internal fixtures and fittings are all high quality resulting in a luxury home to be proud of. Finally, the client’s love of swimming resulted in the construction of a swimming pond to supplement adjacent and slightly larger English Channel !