The clients wished to update the external appearance of their house and give it a more rational and contemporary character that nevertheless references the original 1920s detailing. The existing rustic timber cladding will be replaced with a square cut timber boarding. The new single storey ground floor extension will create a large new contemporary kitchen, dining and family room, with extensive views over the gardens and down to the South coast. The adjacent boot room and utility will be extended and replanned to create an easy informal side entrance to the house. A particular issue were the multiple levels linking the main house to the annexe that need to be smoothed out and rationalised creating more level access around the buildings.
Planning permission was gained from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in April 2020