The Client's brief called for the replacement of an existing 1960's detached house with a replacement dwelling designed on high-tech, open plan principles reflecting the 'al-fresco' style of living reminiscent of modern developments found on the seaboard of Western Australia.
A full-height window feature combined with a high ceiling admits as much light as possible, making the most of the opportunity to open up the whole of the rear of the house as a useful family and entertainment space.
Robert Rigby was involved as Project Architect for the initial alteration works prior to his setting up Practice in his own right. Since this time Robert, as Robert Rigby Architects, has subsequently been invited by the clients to assist them on further works to the property.
The project brief required the conversion of a dilapidated single storey link between the existing Grade II listed residential building with a 2-storey annex building which had previously been converted for home office use.
The project, which encompassed the rationalisation and upgrading of a Georgian former farmhouse building and Victorian extensions set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty inevitably came with challenges and restrictions.
The scope of works required the retention and enhancement of the existing structure, together with the conversion of ancillary buildings to provide additional detached residential accommodation and a home office.
Robert Rigby Architects was instructed to redesign the existing accommodation of a large period house to suit the needs of the modern family. The brief included an attic conversion and first floor link from the main house to an annex that did not compromise the exterior of the house.
Robert Rigby Architects received a brief to make interior alterations and add an extension that would be sympathetic to a period family home within the Ham Common Conservation area of Richmond upon Thames.