Sunday, 23 January 2011

Introducing the Extension/Bathroom

Location of bathroom, January 2011.
At the rear of the house, connected to the former slaughter room, is an extension housing the current bathroom. The extension itself it utilitarian and a bit ugly, with only one small window letting in light to the current bathroom. We think it was built in the 60s or 70s, and the pitched roof has impacted the roof structure, in that original rafters have been truncated. Every cloud has a silver lining though.

While we originally played with the idea of keeping this extension, but inserting a door and a large window in order to crate a kind of porch, the plan is now to demolish it and restore the original footprint, while putting a new rear door and large window in it's place to bring more light into the proposed kitchen. This will also open the rear of the house up a bit, as the outbuilding, the former pigsty/tobacco drying house immediately to the North - you can just see the edge of the roof-line to the right in the photo below - is a little close if the extension remains.
Extension housing bathroom, January 2011.
We've joked several times about whether the bathroom itself is under protection, as it is  modern classic of design, and will probably come back into fashion in another 10 years or so.

We are applying to replace this extension with a taller gable dormer, of sorts, in which the new bathroom would be housed in the level above the planned kitchen. This new element would be in line with the walls of the original façade, although the details may alter slightly from the planned image below. As the rafters have already been compromised at the upper level, this should be OK, however it does have to go through many other planning criteria, including the neighbours. In any case, we'll most likely knock the extension down, so must put a bathroom somewhere within the main body of the house.

Planned rear façade, January 2011.

1 comment:

  1. That looks like a very good idea, and a lot more sympathetic than what's there now. But I'm aware that planning can be a strange and arbitrary business.

    I'm trying to figure out whether the bathroom is more Overlook Hotel or Clockwork Orange. It's definitely the sort of place Kubrick would have loved to take a shit.