Blee Halligan, Manchester, 2013


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  • Kitchen volume facing east    
  • The three living volumes    
  • The extension sitting behind the Bungalow    
  • Kitchen window with shutters offers a framed view of the garden    
  • An Iroko screen defines the site when viewed from the access road    
  • Iroko screen and gate    
  • Iroko porch and bench seats    
  • Looking through the kitchen to the dining and living rooms beyond    
  • The Living room is lined in white painted timber boarding    
  • The spaces rise up to the 6 m high windows    
  • The rooms rise up to a height of 6m    
  • Site plan    
  • Plans, sections and elevations    
  • Concept sketch    
  • Internal sketch    
  • Strategy    
  • Concept sketch    
  • Detail    

Extension and refurbishment to a suburban bungalow

The existing house had mean windows and low ceilings, but a beautiful mature garden.

Three interconnected, pitched volumes, face in three directions - east, west and south, capturing sunlight at different times of the day appropriate to function - the kitchen faces east for a light-bathed breakfast and the living room with open fireplace west to catch the last of the sunlight. They each pitch up to a large double-height window, capturing views of the garden and trees. There is a sense of drama as you step down into the extension and the ceiling rises up. The ceiling profile defines the three areas - kitchen, dining and living - but is open and at low level to allow a flexible and relaxed space to live.

The building is clad in black stained larch, so it appears recessive in the context of the garden and possesses an abstract geometry quality at night.


  • Begun: Nov 2012
  • Completed: May 2013
  • Floor area: 158m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £150,000
  • Procurement: Design and Build
  • Address: Breydon House, Aylwin Drive, Sale, Manchester, M33 3WG, United Kingdom

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