kitchen of corten steel extension with brick walls

Office snug in a Corten steel extension

This unusual extension provides a work from home space above a new kitchen.

By Caroline Rodrigues | 21 September 2020

Architect Adam Knibb designed a rear addition with an office snug that has its own staircase. His brief was for a stylish and functional space for home working.

Rear exterior of a corten steel clad extension to a victorian house

The snug can be seen on the upper level. Photo: Martin Gardner

Tell us how the project came about

My clients, Donna and Brian Malone, asked me to design a rear extension with a first-floor office snug. It is a new addition to their two-bedroom Victorian home in Hampshire. They occasionally work from home. So, the room had to serve as both a study and reading nook with views of the garden.

Why not go for a bigger extension?

Donna and Brian were keen to explore the way the snug, which is 9.3 square metres, relates to the Victorian house. Also, the ground-floor extension replaces and expands on a conservatory and an infill utility room. The project cost £115,000 and neither the brief nor the budget allowed for a larger addition.

Looking through the kitchen in an extended Victorian house to the garden

Overhead glazing provides light into the back of the extension. Photo: Martin Gardner

Any hiccups with the planning process?

Pre-application advice tests the waters, which is useful when proposing a more unusual scheme. The initial feedback was very good. We overcame concerns, such as the impact on neighbouring properties due to overlooking or loss of light by using 3-D modelling. This way we were able to present the proposal from a variety of different viewpoints.