DHaus brightens Hertfordshire Home with glass extension

A minimal materials palette helps outline this glazed extension, which London studio DHaus has added to the again of a home in Hertfordshire, UK.

Designed to assist join the house to its backyard, the extension was designed to show a home that suffered from darkish and small areas right into a light-filled dwelling with glass partitions that body views of nature.

The extension was designed by DHaus

The addition contains a largely glazed extension in addition to a separate studio, which sits on the finish of the backyard and accommodates a house health club.

“The basic idea was to border the tree and backyard with a brand new flush kitchen flooring that was the identical peak because the backyard degree,” DHaus co-director David Ben Dunberg instructed Dezeen. “We have been interested by creating heavy sculptural kinds in a restricted materials palette with three foremost components of concrete, timber and glass.”

Image of Hertfordshire House
The studio added a glazed extension

Linked to the remainder of the house by a set of wood stairs that run alongside a curving white panelled wall, the extension homes a kitchen and eating space that replaces the house’s earlier kitchen, which was darkish and lacked house.

To boost its connection to the backyard, DHaus dropped the extension by one metre to position the brand new house on the identical degree because the again backyard.

Interior photo of Hertfordshire House
The ground was dropped one metre beneath the present dwelling

“The prevailing kitchen was darkish and never massive sufficient for a eating house. we wished to create a light-filled house with a direct hyperlink to the outside,” stated Dunberg.

“The prevailing rear of the home was reduce off from the backyard as the primary home was set one metre greater than the backyard,” he continued. “We dropped the completed flooring degree to the backyard as the present home was set a lot greater than the backyard making a disconnect between the 2.”

Interior photo of the kitchen
Glazing traces the complete finish of the extension

Aiming to create a extra spacious zone in the home and invite pure mild into its inside, the studio contained the extension inside glass partitions, holding timber and concrete parts to a minimal and utilizing frameless glass the place potential to supply uninterrupted views of the backyard exterior.

“We wished to border views of the sky with a window field extra akin to sculpture, to border the gorgeous east-facing backyard and the big Birch Tree,” stated Dunberg.

Apart from the big parts of glazing, accents of timber and concrete function all through the extra house, together with a low concrete datum that runs across the border of the extension and doubles as a bench within the eating space.

A concrete wall was constructed at one facet of the facade, which runs as much as the gate marking the sting of the positioning. To provide the house a uncooked really feel, a concrete flooring extends from the extension’s inside into the house exterior, creating an outside terrace that borders the backyard.

Photo of the interior of the extension
Concrete covers the ground and worktops

Inside, Douglas Fir timber was used for as most of the components as potential, together with the joinery, kitchen doorways and uncovered beams, which stretch alongside the size of the ceiling, interrupted by a skylight that gives extra pure lighting.

A sequence of Douglas-Fir furnishings topped with concrete worktops have been organized all through the house, providing areas for eating and cooking in addition to informal seating areas.

Photo of the home's glazing
Douglas fir was used throughout furnishings

In addition to the extension, DHaus added a separate studio constructing to the tip of the backyard, which homes a health club. Designed to mirror the design of the extension, the backyard studio takes cues from the neighbouring construction’s materials palette whereas that includes uncooked finishes that give the constructing a extra unfinished character.

“The health club was designed to reflect the language of the bigger home extension with a uncooked uncovered palette of blockwork and uncovered timber ceilings and divulges,” stated Dunberg.

“With the twist being to be as uncooked and uncovered as potential, the inner end is simply uncooked concrete blockwork, and we really feel it really works effectively for a health club house.”

Photo of the interior at Hertfordshire House
A studio was added to the rear of the backyard

Different extensions that use massive parts of glazing to brighten current properties embrace an all-marble extension that options brilliant white surfaces and glass doorways and a glass extension that refreshes a century-old cabin within the Czech Republic.

The images is by Nick Dearden.