Stoke Park

10 Stoke Park Rd, Bristol

The house was built in 1956 by Stride and Co and was subsequently extended with a two-storey rear extension in 1997 to form a two-storey, five-bedroom house. The house benefits from a huge south-facing rear garden, but the ground floor layout was poor, with a cramped entrance hall with the stairs immediately next to the front door, and the kitchen had become internal due to being blocked from natural light by the rear extension.

A further rear extension was added to the remainder of the back of the house extending to the side boundary. The kitchen was moved to the rear of the house to enjoy the south-facing aspect and the views of the rear garden and the new patio. The ground floor now contains an integral garage, entrance lobby, the cloakroom, study, playroom, TV room, living room, kitchen / breakfast room, a utility room with a further WC, and a very large entrance hall with an oak stair with glass balustrade and a glazed roof over to flood the space with natural light throughout the whole day.

At first-floor level the house contains five bedrooms, two with en-suites, and including the master suite with a walk-in wardrobe, en-suite and juliette balcony, also facing south over the rear garden. In order to prevent any overlooking of the adjoining gardens, the side walls to the master bedroom extend outwards forming ‘blinkers’. The freestanding columns allow the sliding folding doors to the kitchen to slide back completely from the corner, opening up the kitchen to the paved patio outside.

All of the existing external walls were clad in insulation board and rendered, with a low brick plinth at the base of the wall to the front. The new first-floor walls are timber framed, highly insulated and clad with accoya timber, which is a very sustainable treated softwood.