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House extension, Swansea Bay by Hyde & Hyde Architects

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Hyde + Hyde Architects has completed this basement extension to a four-storey house overlooking Swansea Bay

Dubbed ‘Pinewood’, the scheme involved the removal of an existing ground-floor, south-facing wall to create a new room, with ‘panoramic views’ over the bay and Devon in the distance.

According to the Swansea and Cardiff-based practice: ‘A neglected and virtually abandoned area of the house has become the client’s favourite room.

‘The client wanted to maximise the building’s capacity for beautiful views – after all that is much of what Swansea Bay is about. There was also a requirement for simplicity, storage, a guest area and flexibility of use.

‘The function of the main south facing room can be adapted according to the specific furniture used. Atmosphere and colour are affected by the amount of light entering through the glazed end wall.’

Pinewood - plans

Pinewood - plans

Project data

Architects: Hyde + Hyde
Location: Uplands, Swansea
Type of Project: Residential refurbishment + extension
Structural Engineers: ClarkeBond structural engineers, Swansea
Project Architect: Dan Belton
Design Team: Energy Consultant – Melin Energy
Client: Dr G Clarke & Dr H Quane
Funding: Private
Tender date: June 2008
Start on site date: November 2008
Contract duration: 6 months
Gross internal floor area: existing 50.6m² - post refurbishment + extension 59.4m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: JCT Minor Works
Total cost: £86,615 ex vat + professional fees
M&E consultant: N/A
Quantity surveyor: Mildred Howells, Swansea
Planning supervisor: N/A
Lighting consultant: Hyde + Hyde Architects
Main contractor: Cahill Builders
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Create Joinery, Swansea; H2O, Swansea; Balcony Systems Ltd; DG Heath – Timber, Swansea
Annual co2 emissions: N/A

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