The owners of Brockenhurst House appointed Studio BAD to help reimagine the existing dwelling, a distinctive 1970’s chalet house featuring low eaves. Planning permission has been granted for the design proposal, to reconfigure the existing dwelling to create a home fit for the growing family’s needs. An extension adds the space to adapt the interior layout, to create a better flow and bring the garden within. A thermally upgrade to the structure and fabric of the house will also be deliver alongside the renovations, to deliver a comfortable low energy home.

The design rearranges the ground floor, maximising the space available and enhancing the functionality. The scheme extends and opens up the kitchen and dining area, increasing connectivity to the rest of the home and the large garden. On the first floor the concept extends the main bedroom, creating a generous master suite with ensuite bathroom. The design considers passive heating and cooling strategies with external shading elements and strategic window placement.

Enhancing the connection between the house and the garden is a key aspect of the proposal; the proposal extends into the outside space as a natural extension of the home, viewing the garden as a series of external rooms and spaces with a strong connection to the internal activities. A semi covered colonnade connects the home with a new, detached garden room (for use as a potential yoga studio/study space), through a concept of wrapping around the plot to add privacy.

As part of the whole proposal the house will be thermally upgraded, increasing the energy performance, with the aim of delivering a low energy, comfortable home that has a reduced reliance on the national grid.

Practice : Studio: B.A.D Architects

Time Scale: May 2022 – Ongoing

Budget: Undisclosed

Location: Brockenhurst, New Forest, Hampshire

Client: Private