Garden Room and balcony alterations – Essex

Located on the Essex – Suffolk borders the property comprises a detached, two storey period Grade II listed house which dates from the 18th century. Possibly originally of timber frame construction the brick front elevation was added during the 19th century. The remaining elevations are finished with painted render all under a plain clay tiled roof. It is thought the family room and sitting room bay were added in the 1930s and the bedroom extension added in the 1950s/60s. It stands in extensive grounds of about two acres and includes a pond and large garage. The property is bordered on the eastern boundary by a river.

The rear east elevation of the existing house was quite stark and bland but provided the best views of the pond, grounds and river, especially from the first-floor master bedroom. On the ground floor, access from the kitchen to the patio was via a small bay window and was very contrived.

The bay window was removed and the single door opening widened to provide a route between the existing kitchen and the new garden room/breakfast area, located to afford the best views of the grounds and take advantage of the morning sun. The first-floor balcony was formed to provide a sitting area from the master bedroom, with views overlooking the grounds and the river. An existing window was removed and replaced with a pair of purpose made glazed French doors to provide access to the balcony. Overall, the addition of the garden room, the light structure of the iron balcony and improvements to the windows all contribute an improvement to what was a rather bland elevation to this side of the house.