sliding glass door extension at nightFuture-Proofing A Beautiful Home in Richmond

Richmond Extension Project by Sophie Bates. Words by Debbie Blott.

We are well used to renovation stories that begin with a young couple building an extension or going up into the loft to make space for their expanding family. But what happens when the children are grown and have moved on to create homes of their own?

For some, the best option is to downsize. Others choose to remain but modify their property to reflect their changing lifestyle. Playrooms may become home offices and nurseries turned into en-suite bathrooms. Where there are age or health issues, stair lifts can be added or bedrooms relocated from first to ground floor.

First floor terrace in richmond

In this Richmond extension project, Sophie Bates Architects, added a lift to enable the owners to continue to enjoy use of the whole of their four storey house in the years to come. With careful planning, it was integrated without disrupting the beautiful period proportions. Elegant design details and natural materials were chosen to blend with the existing features.

Glass balustrade on roof terrace in richmond

Mindful of their long-term well-being, a new garden room was created to bring the outside in. A lightweight extension was slotted just under the first floor bay window, forming a roof terrace from the well-proportioned living room. The choice of delicate glass frame-less balustrade allows uninterrupted views out over the garden and the original period detailing to be seen from the lawn.

sliding doors on new extension

The addition of full height, sliding, slim-framed glass doors to two sides of the extension gains views of the garden that didn’t previously exist. It also allows maximum natural light into this north facing room. A large roof light, carefully designed to echo the bay window above, captures the light from above.

open backed shelves in glass door extension

This is further enhanced by the choice of translucent blinds tucked into a ceiling recess over the sliding doors and open shelf joinery that frames the stepped garden beyond.


All design aspects from architectural concept and designs through to choice and sourcing of materials, joinery design and project management of this Richmond extension by Sophie Bates Architects.

I hope that you found this feature inspiring and helpful. Any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with Sophie Bates.

Note: This Richmond Extension and Refurbishment project was shortlisted for the nationwide AJ Architecture awards, 2019 for projects under £250 000.

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