An extension with wrap-around out of doors staircase has reuinted this property

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It’s not unusual to discover a traditional property that has been break up into two or extra flats by property builders. However what if you wish to flip them again into one? Equally, reworking an area that has had the unique options stripped out and returning it to its former glory will also be a labour of affection.

That’s precisely the issue that owners James and Jonna Dempsey discovered themselves with their traditional Georgian villa in Edinburgh, and it turned out the addition of an extension with wrap-around out of doors staircase would clear up all of their design woes.

That is all due to the truth that the couple enlisted the assistance of architect Neil Taylor, founding father of Faucet Architects to assist them convey their dream residence that had been break up into two separate flats again collectively.

After: Extension with wrap-around out of doors staircase

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‘After assembly with the owners,’ remembers Neil, ‘we got here up with the thought of a constructing an extension – a single-storey with a roof terrace. We additionally selected an exterior stair that will wrap across the extension into the backyard. Steps had been additionally added to the backyard patio to attach the decrease floor stage with the sunken courtyard.’


‘When assessing the home,’ says Neil, ‘we might see the remnants of a half spherical stair tower that had as soon as existed on the again so we adopted the identical kind and geometry for the brand new extension because the homeowners needed to be delicate to the Georgian buildings on this a part of Edinburgh.’

‘With a listed or interval property, it’s essential to permit plenty of time for dialogue along with your architect and make sure you’ve ticked off your entire necessities.’

The extension’s inside

bright and light stairwell with two large windows

Picture credit score: David Balfour

Including gentle to the rear of the property was of nice significance to the couple so the addition of an image window to the extension has allowed additional gentle to flood into the area whereas providing beautiful views over the plush backyard.

bright and light hallway with a chair, kids toys and child's push bike

Picture credit score: David Balfour

Whereas the extension reunited the 2 separate properties, the couple didn’t cease there. In addition they switched the format inside to make it the area move higher for his or her household.

‘An in depth renovation was undertaken inside to maneuver the bedrooms downstairs and residing areas into the upstairs rooms. The impact is completely transformative for the texture of sunshine within the residence and connection to the backyard.’

The weird curved form of the foyer is complemented by the couple’s minimal decor. The area additionally acts as a useful boot room concept, giving an virtually theatrical look to the area.

An added additional – the roof terrace

modern extension on traditional property with external stairwell

Picture credit score: David Balfour

The rendered extension, with its wrap-around staircase, additionally acts as a classy roof terrace for the household to get pleasure from, yr spherical. The brand new curved staircase reinstates direct entry to the backyard in addition to being a sublime and fashionable design assertion.

 Earlier than: the Georgian villa break up into two flats

classic georgian villa with an ugly extension

Picture credit score: David Balfour

Neil Taylor, founding father of Faucet Architects shares his recommendation on what it’s worthwhile to learn about exterior stairs

    Before you purchase, guarantee your required staircase will adjust to constructing rules.
    Base your design round who will likely be utilizing the staircase. Backless stairs look cool however may not be appropriate for everybody.
    Dimension and form of the staircase must be dilated by the area. This design matches the property’s interval model.
    Take into consideration drainage earlier than selecting the supplies and design, particularly if it’s not connected to a mezzanine 5or roof terrace with a drainage system.
    Use of supplies must be guided by the age of the constructing. Metal can really feel fashionable, gentle and ethereal, whereas a extra strong look could go well with a contemporary conventional design.

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