Contemporary transformation of a Victorian Villa
The key to the reconfiguration and alteration of this C19 house near Bath was to reverse its orientation so that the back became the front. The North garden was excavated to provide a secure courtyard for parking and a new double height entrance hall was constructed on the footprint of previous ad-hoc extensions. The original principal façade to the South became private and overlooks the extensive gardens and distant views.
The rubble Bath stone wall that defines the courtyard wraps around and into the building, creating a roof terrace over the garage and a gallery overlooking the entrance hall, linking inside with outside.
Internally, the original areas of the house have been restored, making the most of the surviving Victorian features including the encaustic tiles and ornate staircase to the hallway. A large opening between the dining area and kitchen was created to provide a semi-open plan layout which celebrates modern family life.