The White House

Location: Leicester (East Midlands)


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Before After

The Brief

As with many of our clients, it is so important that the property doesn’t look like it has been adapted to meet the needs of a disabled person.

The objective with this project was to maintain the charm of the existing cottage whilst creating a modern and contemporary extension to the rear to meet the needs of our client who suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury and her family.

Due to the age and condition of the existing cottage, providing wheelchair accessible spaces was certainly going to present a challenge. The main house had very low ceilings and the traditional layout required careful consideration during the design stage.


The Result

First impressions can be misleading - from the roadside you would never imagine what can now be found to the rear of the existing cottage. The heritage of the property meets new with a stunning, modern and sympathetic extension added - providing our client with a property that maintains the character of the existing cottage while offering a new gymnasium and hydrotherapy pool accessed via a glazed link.

We used large sections of glazing to flood the previously dimly lit cottage with natural daylight. As can be seen from the photos, level access has been provided to all the external areas at the rear of the property and, due to the installation of an internal lift, the accommodation is entirely wheelchair accessible.

The old cottage was underpinned and upgraded in accordance with current Building Regulations, which will reduce the long-term running costs of the property. With a focus on sustainability, the scheme also includes high levels of insulation, a ground source heat pump and photovoltaic solar panels.