Llama Architects

Cottage Renovation with Contemporary Skyframe

The Llama Group was instructed by our client to look at the complete redesign and extension of their existing property, which involved several extensions as well as removing all the existing ground and 1st floors to enable a complete redesign of these floors. This was to maximise floor space as well as head room with the reduction of the ground floor level and introduction of a new internal steel frame so that the depth of the 1st floor construction could be reduced to a minimum also.

In the newly formed Kitchen/ Living Area, the original external wall was opened up and a new contemporary extension added. The view was taken by our Architects to introduce a modern, contemporary extension, that not only helps to preserve the integrity of the original period cottage but also creates a visual link to the large, modern Entertainment Building which was also created on the site. This extension to the main Kitchen/Dining Area was carefully designed with the new ground and 1st floor levels so that this new ceiling ran seamlessly through from the existing cottage and new kitchen area, into the newly created Dining Area within this extension. This was vital as even though we had maximised every available inch of head room, it was still tight and we wanted this area to feel as open and connected as was possible. This new addition completed this new Kitchen Area, with wall to wall Skyframe that maximised the views to the extensive gardens, and when opened, had no supports / structures to hinder the view, so that the whole corner of the room was completely open to the bri solet, so that in the summer months you can dine inside or out with no apparent divide. This was achieved by clever installation of the Skyframe System, with integrated drainage allowing seamless continuation of the flooring and ceiling finish from the inside to the covered outside area. New underfloor heating and a complete AV system was also installed with Crestron & Lutron Automation and Control over all of the Lighitng and AV.

We worked with our partners at Kitchen Architecture who supplied the stylish Bautaulp B3 Kitchen and Gaggenau Applicances, to design a large kitchen that was stunning to look at in this newly created room, but also gave all the functionality our clients needed with their large family and frequent entertaining.

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