Sneyd Park, Bristol
In 2019 we were asked to develop designs for the renovation of a 19th century house in Sneyd Park, Bristol.
The house was built in the 1850s and was used as a Lodge serving an Edwardian residence nearby. Historic records indicate it had remained largely unchanged. The only exception was the addition of a garage and entrance lobby in 1970s. The space between the house, garage and corridor created a shady and unattractive terrace in the rear garden. The house, entrance lobby and garage felt remote from one another. At the other end of the house the original front door provided direct access into the dining room, offering insufficient privacy from the street. The kitchen was small and dark, with a low ceiling.
In June 2021 we successfully completed the house renovation, the reconfiguration of the garage and entrance lobby, and the creation of a new garden room.
The works included the strip out and modernisation of the existing interior. The wall separating the dining room and kitchen was removed, creating a beautiful, spacious and light open-plan kitchen and snug. A new, exquisitely crafted bespoke oak stair and screen was installed to the stairwell, improving privacy from the street.
A stunning top-lit garden room was erected between the garage and main house. The room provides a new light-filled space for family gatherings. It also reconnects the main house to the garden with large folding/sliding doors. A new geometric zinc clad roof is lined with birch plywood to give the largely glazed room a sense of warmth in the winter. Light streams through a centrally located rooflight, creating a sense of drama and occasion.
Limestone flooring carries through from the interior to the garden forming a new garden terrace. This has allowed activities to seamlessly flow from one space to another.
Over the course of the design and delivery of the project we built a strong relationship with the client and have remained friends. Read their review here.
Project management: Smith Maloney Architects Ltd
Architecture: Smith Maloney Architects Ltd
Structural Engineer: RISE Structures
Main Contractor: Make Group
Specialist Joinery: Young and Norgate