The complete remodelling of a 1950’s bungalow to form a new family home included a sensitive roof addition to exploit the panorama across the Thames Estuary taking a contemporary response to the more traditional context.

Given the elevated position and proximity of the Thames Estuary the design sought to engage with the ever changing panorama of the estuary maximising natural light and embracing winter solar gain.  The simple approach introduced three glazed gables to reflect the seaside vernacular within a large new lightweight roof form clad in cedar shingles to keep loadings to a minimum and introduce a highly sustainable material palette.

The interior and exterior spaces were completely remodelled and thermally upgraded to create a series of fluid spaces for relaxing, enjoyment and entertaining.

The project created a new and distinctive local character with an expressive roof form to the southern elevation cantilevered from the ridge line to create a solar hood protecting the full height glazing and internal environment from overheating.

Throughout South Essex this particular roof form has been replicated and reimagined across a large number of projects arguably creating a new ‘seaside vernacular’.

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