Stunning extension brings Canadian style to Sketty

Case Studies, General

Set in the pretty Welsh town of Sketty near Swansea Bay, 66 Hendrefoilan has been transformed from a dormer bungalow into a stylish split level property with a Canadian feel.

Mr and Mrs Ridgewells’ vision for their dream home was inspired by several holidays they’d spent in Canada and the houses they’d seen there. They were particularly keen on the Canadian tradition of featuring locally sourced wood, stone and other natural materials.

While the couple had already extended their 1950s style property on several occasions, they weren’t happy with the results. Determined to transform their home, the Ridgewells asked architect Peter Sauro, of LABC Partners Sauro Architectural Design Ltd, to “come up with some ideas for the re-modelling of the existing bungalow.”Hendrefolian - front view

The design the couple chose is original and striking, with a focus on high-quality materials, sustainability and style. Having sailed through the planning stage, the property’s aging roof was replaced by an attractive slate design, before contractor Dean Lynch added cedar facias, royal blue aluminium window frames and aluminium pipework.

The Ridgewells’ project also involved converting their basement into a garage, where the inclusion of a spiral staircase allows the owners to walk from the garage into their open plan kitchen without having to step outside.

Inside their home, the Ridgewells’ living area features log burners, lots of natural wood, leather seats and colourful fabric throws, giving it the rustic feel of a cosy Canadian lodge.

Despite feeling incredibly cosy, there’s nothing dark or claustrophobic about 66 Hendrefoilan. The property’s open plan layout and the addition of extra glazing to the front façade give it a light, spacious feel. Because their home is built on a hill, the owners also enjoy spectacular views of the Mumbles.

Heading upstairs, the property’s first floor includes four bedrooms, a landing area and an impressive view of the vaulted roof, which can be viewed from below through a glazed floor panel.Hendrefolian-bedroom

As well as looking fabulous, Mr and Mrs Ridgewell wanted their new home to incorporate plenty of eco-friendly features. Most of the heat they need is generated by energy efficient underfloor heating and log burners, while 100% energy efficient LED lights were installed to provide light.

Because of the couple’s commitment to sustainability, all of the tradesmen involved with the project were locally sourced, including builder Dean Lynch of DL Construction and local firm CDL Carpentry. All of the ironworks were also produced nearby, as was the stone.

The transformation of the Ridgewells’ home wasn’t without challenges. Because steel members were used to create structural support for the roof of the house, templates were required for cutting angles. As a result, the Structural Engineer, Builder and Steel fabricator had to meet regularly on site.Hendrefolian-roof

Converting the property’s basement into a double garage was also a challenge, as it involved the building of a 3m waterproof retaining wall. However, these issues didn’t delay the project and the Ridgewells are now enjoying life in their new Canadian style home. As an added bonus, 66 Hendrefoilan was a winner at the 2016 City and County of Swansea Building Control’s Building Excellence Awards in the “Best Extension or Alteration to an existing home” category. The project proceeded to gain a well-deserved second place at the South Wales regional awards.

Project team

Architect – Peter Sauro, Sauro Architectural Design Ltd, Tel: 01267 233684
Contractor – Dean Lynch, DL Construction, Tel: 07702 670182
Building Control – City & County of Swansea Building Control, Tel: 01792 635622

Homeowner Guide

For more information about extending your home take a look at our useful guides that are available in both English and Welsh:
Swansea Guide to Extending Your Home
Abertawe Canllaw i Godi Estyniad i’ch Cartref

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