Extensions and Redesigns - Greentrees, Hale


Constructed in 1910, Green Trees is a substantial two and a half storey Arts and Crafts style villa, located in the heart of a Conservation Area in Hale. The new owners had been clients on their previous home and approached us with a brief to re-model and extend the refurbished elements of the property, while retaining the architectural features of the original house. 

It was clear during the initial site visit that the main kitchen area was a mishmash of previous extensions which linked to original outbuildings. It had previously been a very blunt exercise in creating additional floor space without considering how the internal areas would be utilised by the occupiers of the property. Little consideration was given to how the spaces could take advantage of the south facing aspect to the rear gardens, or how the use of natural light could help illuminate the internal spaces. The vaulted single storey rear kitchen resembled more of a hallway to access the garage and garden, rather than the hub of the house which the clients desired. 

Our client’s main requirement was to create a family space to congregate in and around the kitchen area during busy times of the day, with access to a private snug area off the kitchen that could be used when the children were in bed. A family entertainment room was also on their wish list for cinema and games nights, plus a bar area for when they socialise with friends. They also wanted this multi-functioning space to include a home office, additional w.c./shower room and a yoga/exercise room, plus a large garage to store a classic car. As well all living spaces to be naturally lit and encompass views out to the garden, they wanted the entertainment area to have access to the kitchen but able to be closed off when not in use. The home office required easy access to the kitchen, and the yoga room had to be a located in quiet place in the house, away from any distraction. 

The re modelling of the previously extended area is now much more logical. Accessed off the main wood panelled hallway via a new set of double doors, you leave behind the original Arts and Crafts interior and enter a more contemporary space. In addition to the brief above, there is also a new covered seating/BBQ area has also been created outside making this an incredible family home to enjoy all year round.

The kitchen was designed and installed by Wells & Hewitt in Altrincham.

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