The solution was to build out and soften the L shape. “We added a 45-degree angle across the corner of the house to help connect the two ends [of the L],” Penton says. Because of planning constraints, “we couldn’t take the roof off this section, but by creating the extension on the corner, we were able to introduce a higher ceiling,” he says. This raised section is visible in the first photo.
“The addition also refocused the house, so the living space now looks across to a lovely tree in the far corner, giving a longer view,” he says. “And it meant we could push back the service areas around the periphery.”
Penton also demolished the garage (on the left in the previous photo) and in its place built a two-story addition. It’s covered in Siberian larch that was treated with a system from Sioo Wood Protection. “
The timber still weathers naturally, but it ages more evenly,” he says. It also won’t be susceptible to the uneven staining that could have occurred because of the overhanging roof.
The picture window, which forms a balcony outside the master suite, is clad in blue-gray zinc from Rheinzink