Let there be light!

01 March 2018 by Matt Trace in Construction/Architectural

Let there be light!

The clients of this project, like many, wanted to create a better, more practical kitchen-dining space for everyday family life and for entertaining friends in their Listed property based in South Devon. 

A single storey rear portion of the building (dating to around the 1940s) was home to the existing kitchen, small utility and dining space. These spaces were divided by walls, changes in level and a large fireplace. 

Through discussion and negotiation with the local planning authority a preferred option was granted permission to remove the chimney, the stack and internal walls. This opened up the area for a kitchen diner space more suited to current lifestyles.

Careful development with the architect Tom Spriggs, along with the structural engineer and contractors throughout the process opened up the roof structure to provide height and daylight to the long space. The kitchen layout was developed to make the most of the level change in the building.

A large existing window was knocked open into double doors and a new lowered patio area formed at the same level as the house. The resulting space is a generous entertaining space that is also hugely practical for their young family and developing garden.

To maximise the light entering the new space the client installed three conservation rooflights, with fixed casements. These were supplied with the additional protection of a coastal paint finish to protect them from the environment in which the property is situated.

The low profile design of the conservation rooflights satisfied the Building Conservation officers and ensured the external aesthetics of the property remained in-keeping with the original building.

The exceptional quality of the Heritage rooflight, with its American Ash interior lining and high specification Pilkington glazing, also provides a stunning finish to the fabulous new space.

“The rooflights look great, and we are really pleased with the results. The technical team who helped advise the project were also invaluable as we were installing in a very shallow pitched roof.”

Tom Spriggs, Architect.

“The flush fitting rooflight replicates a traditional Victorian design which is ideal for period properties, listed buildings and barn conversions. These rooflights, like all Stella products, were designed and manufactured bespoke to suit the clients exact requirements.”

Paul Trace, Stella Rooflight.