In the rear, an extension unfolds – a tranquil stone pavilion. Rising from an agglomerate stone plinth, graceful limestone piers come together, fashioning the framework of this addition. Notably, the natural stones were thoughtfully chosen from nearby sources, prized not just for their aesthetics but also for their eco-conscious qualities, bearing a modest environmental footprint.
Crafted with a discerning touch, robust oak-framed glazing pays homage to the proportions of the time-honoured facade. A substantial pivot hinge door takes centre stage, graciously unfolding onto the terrace beyond.
For the exterior, a generously-proportioned concrete header stands as a testament to meticulous craftsmanship. This oversized feature, meticulously shaped, unveils the exquisite Derbyshire limestone beneath. The juxtaposition of materials creates a striking visual contrast, while the sheer weight of the concrete header exudes an aura of enduring solidity.
An elegant transformation extends to the existing rear lightwell, which has expanded into a cascading sunken terrace, resplendent in bush-hammered stone – as if nature has meticulously chiselled into the rock face. The gentle curve of the terrace mirrors the sun’s journey through the day, guiding its path from morning to dusk. Within this organic embrace, a succession of benches bask in the light.
Previously, the lower ground floor existed as a labyrinth of small, dark spaces. In their place, a kitchen unfolds, radiating around a magnificent stone island stretching an impressive 4m.
Meanwhile, a haven for reflection emerges in the form of a secluded yoga sanctuary. This serene room invites tranquillity, offering an expansive view of the sky, reminiscent of the ethereal essence found within Artist James Turrell’s iconic skyspace creations.
Continuing the theme of meticulously-sculpted spaces, the bathrooms resonate with the essence of carved sanctuaries. Within these rooms, limestone textures interplay with the tactile allure of Tadelakt walls, crafting a sensation akin to stepping into cave-like monastic rooms dedicated to the daily rituals of ablution.