The sensitive extension of a beautiful stone house in Northamptonshire for a young family.
We set out to retain and reuse, in as far as reasonably practicable, the existing stonework which is both beautiful and tells the story of this building up until this moment in time. In selecting weathering steel cladding for the first floor extension we have taken cues from local agricultural buildings clad in various forms of steel that weather and form patinas over time.
The result is a building that, whilst extended, shows a clear trace of the historic building outline. This juxtaposition adds a new chapter to the narrative and history of this building, bringing it into the 21st century, forming a home fit for a growing family whilst also celebrating it's rich past.
“The process of seeking out and hiring an Architect took us over a year. We looked at lots of different companies in Northampton as we thought it made sense to keep it local. What soon transpired was that none seemed to have the high spec 'design' that we were looking for. We finally found Dan and his wonderful team at MATA and the entire process has changed for us. We have been more than happy at each step of the process, with Dan being able to articulate our intentions into the most beautiful design. Thus elevating our original thoughts and expectations. Communication is always very clear and speedy and Dan has been sensitive to the local area whilst giving us lots of invaluable advice.”
— Kharmel Cochrane & Adam Gravo