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Neil Mathews completes Belfast house extension

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[FIRST LOOK + DATA] Neil Mathews Architects has completed this £90,000 extension to a semi-detached home on the outskirts of Belfast

Sitting within a street of semi-detached properties, the existing house has been extended both to the side and rear.

The 137m2 extension has increased the existing floor area by 165 per cent.  

Windows in the living room and master bedroom have been repositioned to give direct views of the nearby sea.

Neil Matthews Architects Sea Park Road

Architect’s view

‘We’ve placed a large rooflight in the grass roof to the rear to give light to the middle of the land locked site. The porch to the front reverses the notion of a street of brick with windows for light, by having a frameless solid door with the glazed walls coming to meet it.

‘The roof is a tiny thin blade of mirror polished stainless steel and the structure that holds it is hidden in the timber of the door. There’s also a single stringer walnut staircase which glimpsed through the porch forms the start of an intriguing view, culminating with the glow of light from the roof in the kitchen beyond.’

Project data

Location 9 Seapark Road, Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland
Type of project private dwelling
Client Vaughan Homes
Architect Neil Mathews Architects
Structural engineer BW Murray
M&E consultant ISD
Quantity surveyor Vaughan Homes
Planning supervisor N/A
Lighting consultant ISD
Main contractor Vaughan Homes
Funding private
Tender date Spring 2012
Start on site date August 2012
Completion date July 2013
Contract duration 46 weeks
Gross internal floor area 137m2
Form of contract and/or procurement Bespoke Contact based on JCT Minor Works
Total cost £90,000
Annual predicted CO2 emissions 17Kg/m2/year
Predicted air tightness levels 4m3/hr.m2
Predicted energy demands 91kWh/m2/year

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