After nearly twenty years of living in the property on the river in Thames Ditton, David and Victoria Austin were seeking a way of expanding their living space as their children grew up. They had extended the kitchen and added a conservatory, but the initial plan for the extension was to convert the loft to add the extra bedrooms they needed.
When the plans were drawn up for the loft conversion they failed to gain planning permission, so the couple approached Concept Eight Architects to review the drawings. With the bungalow being the last remaining single storey property on the riverbank the revised plan, with the backing of the planning authorities, was to build upwards to add additional storeys to the house.
With so much renovation and remodelling to be done on the structure the family took the ingenious step of decamping to a canal boat moored on the river at the foot of the garden for nearly 18 months which put them in the perfect spot to watch the build develop.
The finished result is a stunning 6-bedroom home spread out over three levels. The layout of the bungalow has been maintained in part at ground-floor level, but in order to fill the finished rooms at all levels full of light and to maximise the views over the river five sets of SUNFLEX UK SVG30 aluminium sliding doors with narrow 30mm sightlines were included, 3 on the ground floor and two on the first floor.
In addition to the sliding doors the home also includes aluminium casement windows at the front of the house and fixed frame glazing in the triple height central core of the property, the kitchen and the two smaller bedrooms on the first floor.
Speaking of the decision to opt for sliding doors rather than bifold doors, Victoria Austin said "We'd originally installed timber bifold doors in the kitchen extension but this time we decided that we wanted to change these to slim framed sliding doors to maximise the views over the river and the light. We opted for the new slim framed doors from SUNFLEX UK and they perfectly complement the look of the home and help fill the house full of natural light all year around."
Products utilised in the project
Images used courtesy of Concept Eight Architects/David Butler Photography and must not be reproduced without express permission.