JDP creates a room with a unique Shropshire view…
Johnson Design Partnership (JDP) has worked with Steve and Ali Coad to design and deliver an ambitious contemporary extension, which captures a stunning view of the highest
point in Shropshire.
The local couple, who own the three-storey stone-built farmhouse located near Much
Wenlock, approached the design team at JDP as they wanted to rework the ground floor,
creating a kitchen diner that opened up to the garden and made the most of the property’s
position and views of surrounding countryside.
At the heart of the brief was a desire to establish a new way of living that balanced the
heritage and architectural integrity of the existing building with the convenience of modern
The extension now sits on the south facing elevation, with a bespoke oak framed structure
resting gently next to the massive masonry of the existing buildings. It delivers a light
spacious kitchen diner/garden room with large aluminium doors that open up onto a newly
built terrace, looking out across open fields towards the Brown Clee Hill.
A pergola structure was introduced to offer shading to the south facing glazing and blurs the
boundary between the building and the garden. The extension is then bookended by the
timber clad form and shingles were chosen as cladding to contrast against the solid
stonework. Materials and the approach were adopted to distinguish the new, but also to be
respectful and sympathetic to the existing building.
Richard Coutts, Architect at Johnson Design Partnership, said: “The balance between the
traditional crafted oak frame and contemporary glazing system specified has been a great
success and, together with a simple roof line of black zinc, compliments the architecture of
the original farmhouse.
“The extension has allowed the existing cramped kitchen and dairy to be opened up to
increase natural light and allow the property’s historic fabric to be shown off.”
Johnson Design Partnership, which employs eight people, offers a complete project
management service from feasibility work and planning to detailed design, project monitoring
and contract administration.
It boasts a proven track record in ‘grand designs’, commercial and industrial, education, healthcare, retail and landmark infrastructure projects.
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