Old Corner House
"Old Corner House" is located on the main street in Walberswick, a small coastal village of Suffolk. It is a Grade II listed timber framed building dating from the 16th Century, later re-fronted in brick.
Project Orange was appointed to look at the alteration and refurbishment of the existing house to create a summer house for a family with a busy and sociable lifestyle.
The project involved sensitive alterations, extensions and refurbishment for which listed building consent were required. These included a two storey new rear extension family kitchen with studio room above, the incorporation of the lean-to garage to create a games room and the creation of additional bathrooms. All works focused on preserving the existing character of the house whilst updating it for modern family life.
The rear extension is connected to the original house through a gallery which improves the previously compromised circulation at ground floor. The language of both extension and link is traditional but with contemporary detailing and refers to the local vernacular, particularly the fishing huts in the village. The materials include black stained waney-edge elm, glossy black pan-tiles, lead and oak. In contrast, the interior is light and airy but again uses traditional materials including oak and brick to create flexible spaces with a chic robustness that can accommodate wear and tear without being precious.