Arts and Crafts House, Cambridge, CB1

The phased refurbishment and extension of an Arts and Crafts House
Phase 1 completed 2010, Phase 2 start on site 2012, Private Client
RD Architects, Cambridge Office

This fine Cambridge Arts and Crafts villa had only had 3 previous owners since it was built in 1913. It had been largely untouched for almost 100 years. There was no central heating and some of the rooms were still heated by open coal fires. There was no insulation and, although the house had seven bedrooms, there was only one, very small, bathroom served by a small electric hot water tank. Our brief was to re-plan the house (and garden design) in two phases: the first phase being the refurbishment of the original house and the second being a contemporary extension and provision of a new garage and office. Our ‘Phase 1 response’ reduced the number of bedrooms to 6 – but, in so doing, created a large master bedroom with open bathroom, dressing room and a huge walk-in wet room. Although ‘Phase 1’ did not extend the floor area, thoughtful design allowed for two further bathrooms to be created thereby providing 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms over the first and second floors. The beautiful original arts and crafts details were restored and modern technology installed (such as CAT 6 provision throughout, integrated A/V, and a sophisticated pumped heating/ hot water system). Phase 1 is now complete and we are now working on the Phase 2 additions.

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