One Point Five Architecture's proposals for the refurbishment of this Grade II listed house in Fishguard remove and remodel a series of unsympathetic extensions to open up the interior and exterior to views of the Pembrokeshire coast.
Exposing history and views
Within the older part of the house the original layout is restored, with partitions removed and a series of Regency arches reopened to allow views through the ground floor.
The form of these elliptical arches is reflected in a contemporary idiom in the new openings formed in the remodelled extension to focus views into the garden from the library on the lower ground floor and towards Dinas Head from the ground floor kitchen.
A raised terrace replaces a superfluous extension, with a hexagonal form relating to the bassalt columns at nearby Garn Fawr.
Living and energy
With the Regency colonnades restored, the layout of the home becomes a generous setting for contemporary family life.
The removal of poor-quality extensions reduces the heat loss area of the building. The house’s Grade II listing, and the need to manage moisture flow in the historic fabric, form constraints on energy efficiency works, necessitating careful design work in the technical phases.