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 sloping garden and 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 black 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. Working closely with British Garden Designer Chris Beardshaw, the house will sit within a rich setting boasting a series of social terraces, lavish planting and a focal natural pool.

TaylorHare have been commissioned to provide full RIBA architectural services encompassing concept design, planning and are currently overseeing construction on site alongside local Project Manager, Betteridge and Milsom. With the addition of Hollaway Studio providing a full Interior Design package, the entire project is on course to be completed by the end of 2021.

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 5 Construction