Russets, Gerards Cross, extensive remodelling of large detached house.

 Russets is a handsome, Arts and Crafts era house, compromised by a series of ill-conceived extensions. Studioshaw has been appointed to replace these with new, high quality contemporary family space, congruent with this elegant architecture and with equal material and design value. The project represents a sensitive approach to bringing contemporary architecture to a conservation area and we have worked closely with clients and local planning officers throughout the design journey.

At the heart of the design is a large double height open space. This is framed by a double height glazed lantern which captures the view of the garden. 

The gallery is lined with the family’s book collection and offers a space to enjoy the view and the books. 

Dark stained timber structural elements supporting the roof are common in the old and new parts of the house. At the front, a series of pitched roof forms articulate the bedroom spaces. At the rear, the facade opens to the garden.