Not all extensions are designed
to create huge amounts of extra space.
In the case of the Ranelagh home of
Dr Angela O’Brien and Stephen Stewart,
an addition of just nine square metres,
and some magic tricks concealed in the
walls, made all the difference.
For a family with three young children - Thomas, 10, Harry, 9, and Anna, 7 - outdoor space was important, and while
their existing layout wasn’t working,
there was no way they were going to
allow the house to gobble up the garden.
“They wanted to keep as much of the
rear garden and play area as possible,”
says David Leyden of Leyden Hassett
Associates, the architects behind the
project. “Beyond that the broader brief
was to produce a classic schedule of
accommodation - kitchen, dining,
living room and an additional sitting
room: the expectations you’d have of
any modern home."
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