A significant side extension, along with internal re-configurations of an Arts & Crafts period property set within a coastal Conservation Area, on the rugged Kent coastline.

Thalassa is a charming holiday home set on a sloping landscape with views of the English Channel. TaylorHare have obtained planning consent to re-order elements of the existing house and provide a large side extension, that provides contemporary social spaces and large private bedrooms to enable the private owners to reside in the property on a more permanent basis. The proposals encompasses a complete reconfiguration of the buildings internal volumes and a transformation of the visual and physical connections with the surrounding coastal landscape.

Externally the building maintains a traditional overcoat, in an effort to retain part of its original Arts & Craft form and character. Where a new addition is added these walls are clad in washed timber and stippled render, evoking a material richness and texture to the external facade. The constraints of a series of sloping levels on the site, results in the extension stepping down to the garden, achieved sensitively through a hint of change rather than a dramatic statement, in the form of a newly reconfigured and expanded multi-tiered terrace, which contains a series of outdoor spaces that bring the landscape closer to the house.

Working alongside a local Project Manager, TaylorHare has been commissioned to provide full RIBA architectural services encompassing concept design, planning and overseeing construction on site.

Project Team: Christopher Taylor, Karl Bowers, Ian Titherington, Charlotte Mitchell

Type:Private Houses Client:Confidential Location:St Margaret’s Bay, Kent Size:320sqm Budget:Confidential Status:RIBA Stage 4 Technical Design