Ugly House

Lipton Plant Architects, Berks, 2015

 

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The transformation of a 1970’s semi-detached house within the suburbs of Wokingham

Championing the power of great architecture by transforming undervalued and unloved British housing stock, Lipton Plant featured on Channel 4’s ‘Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clark.’ Co-Director, Ed Lipton was selected as one of five top British architects, who each grappled with redesigning an ‘ugly’ house.

The team worked under challenging budget and time constraints to revitalise the 1970’s semi-detached house within the suburbs of Wokingham. The goal was to remodel the owner’s building into a home that lived up to their specific needs; physically, aesthetically and emotionally, and to generate excitement and pride. A bespoke and highly designed extension transformed the house and provoked a surprising and inspiring journey for all involved.

Optimising the floor plan was key to the success of this project, through clever space planning this relatively small two-storey side extension now houses a double-height kitchen, utility area and storage space on the ground floor, plus a balcony study area, guest bedroom and en suite on the first floor.

A large window on the rear elevation allows natural light to pour into the extension, with the vibrant orange frames standing out against both the internal and external wall finishes. This imaginative use of colour continues throughout the project, with a pale pink wall wrapping around the compact bathroom pod that nestles in between the double-height space and guest bedroom.

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  • Completed: Oct 2015
  • Floor area: 102m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £67,000
  • Address: 21 Woodrow Drive, Wokingham, Berks, RG40 1RU, United Kingdom

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