Place 48

Simon Foote Architects, Derby, 2019



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48 Darley Park Road was previously a standard inner war house that is common to most cities

Located in a suburban area and neighbouring a picturesque city centre park, the home has been extended and transformed to create a harmony of past and present, which now provides much-needed room to live in and not just exist. The completed extensions and remodelled 1930s house stand proud on the street scene, appearing different but not alien to its neighbours, expressing the clients love for adventurous combinations where traditional works with unconventional.

Using traditional construction methods and reusing significant amounts of the existing house materials, to keep costs down, has allowed for significant increases in the amount of glazing throughout the development, allowing natural light to penetrate the once dark core of the house creating the feeling of space and comfort, improving quality of life. The use of larch externally refers to the wooded park nearby whist also providing a warm softer finish to a rigidly formed, honest extension arrangement.

The extensions were added to three areas, over three different levels. To the rear of the property a large ground floor extension was added, providing a large kitchen and dining to modernise their day to day living experience and to allow the owners to host friends and family which was previously difficult. To the side of the property, replacing the old garage is a two-storey extension hosting a play room at ground floor level for their youngest child which has been design to allow for the easy conversion back into a garage in the future.

At first floor level a new luxurious master bedroom with en-suite was added to replace the previous, unusable box room typical of a 1930s house. The final addition at second floor level was the conversion of the hipped roof into a gable ended arrangement which now accommodates a large double bedroom with en-suite providing a perfect independent space for their children as they grow up.

Annual CO2 emissions data (requested in kg/m2/year) was provided as follows: 2.7 tonnes (approx)


  • Begun: Nov 2018
  • Completed: Jul 2019
  • Floor area: 225m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £250,000
  • Funding: private
  • Tender date: Nov 2018
  • Procurement: Self Build
  • Address: 48 Darley Park Road, Derby, De22, United Kingdom

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