Extension to a 19th Century house, Borrowdale

A new extension houses a kitchen with space for a large dining table and a day-room seating area. The room is to be used as a day room and benefits from having three scales of orientation and relationship to the surrounding landscape.

To the north the view out is over the landscaped gardens, across Derwentwater and to Skiddaw and Blencathra, framing Keswick. To the South the view is more human scale focusing on a sunny protected courtyard with the trees of the woods beyond forming a backdrop. The east corner of the extension provides a comfortable seating area  projecting out into the garden and benefitting from early morning sunshine. High level windows above the tall units give views of the trees and enhance the feeling of the extension sitting in its particular landscape. The extension is a large open plan space achieved by the use of timber glue-laminated beams providing a more sustainable and attractive alternative to steel.