The Glass House

AR Design Studio, Winchester, 2012


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Refurbishment and extension to the servants’ quarters of a large Manor House built in 1856

The servants’ quarters had fallen into a state of disrepair and had remained vacant for a number of years, until the occupants of the Manor House sought to retire and move into the more manageable building.

At the rear of the property in the space created by the ‘C’ shape of the building, a glazed extension, which opens onto the garden, contains an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area.

Hidden from view behind the buildings traditional façade, the extension reinvents the feel and atmosphere of the previously dark and cramped servants’ quarters; all within the rich and poignant historical context of the site.

In the original house the existing layout was clarified; vertical voids were cut through the house to unite the cellar, ground and first floors and redirect the flow of the house to naturally draw the user towards the new glass space at the heart of the home.

The house has four large double bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom. The master suite has its own walk-in wardrobe and views overlooking the garden and the top of the glass extension below. All the essentials have been accounted for, in the form of utility and laundry rooms, study and WC that flank the glass box.


  • Begun: Aug 2011
  • Completed: Nov 2012
  • Floor area: 300m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £250,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Jun 2010
  • Procurement: Traditional
  • CO2 Emissions: 24.24kg/m2/year
  • Address: Milnthorpe Corner, Sleepers Hill, Winchester, SO22 4NF, United Kingdom

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