A Grade II listed Queen Anne townhouse located in the historic market town of Beccles, Suffolk, had a series of formal spaces but nowhere to relax. The owners required a space that linked the central hall and the kitchen to the garden.
Removal of a lean-to conservatory (which aesthetically compromised an early nineteenth century canted bay window) was the obvious starting point. A replacement structure was designed to be more useable in size and visually appropriate.
Built from local handmade red bricks, with a lead roof, the structure took its detailing from the unusual header brick construction of the adjacent bay window, and this was repeated to the lintels over the handmade sash windows. Projecting brick pilasters provide relief and help punctuate the façade, while casting a subtle shadow.
The room is lit by ten sash windows, the height to width ratio of the glass panes matches exactly those to the adjacent bay window. A pair of glazed French doors and a bespoke glass roof lantern ensures the room takes full advantage of both daylight and views of the garden.
Located adjacent to the kitchen and entrance hall, the new room has greatly improved the circulation of the house, and has become the main living space for the clients.