Listed Victorian House, Cambridgeshire

Extension, repair and refurbishment of large Listed Victorian village house for solicitor specialising in environmental issues whose Listed house in Islington we had extended several years earlier.  This project included a garden extension with glazed steel screen, major alterations to the service wing including kitchen design, structural repairs in conjunction with local conservation officer. 


The dark metal and glass garden room and associated terraces connect house to garden. Ground-source heating tubes under the garden and solar panels on concealed roof areas do not disturb this pastoral English village scene.

New elements pick up on original materials and colours in a subtly modern way.

Giving a sense of enclosure while allowing in plenty of light, the solid roof of this south-facing garden room overhangs to reduce solar gain in summer.  The linear rooflight brightens the kitchen to the right.

New openings to the kitchen have walnut surrounds, cued by stone and render surrounds to original windows and external doorways.

We designed the Shaker style kitchen in close collaboration with our clients.

Clare Deanesly writes:

I have used Dale Loth on two occasions since 2006. The first time was for the installation of a garden room extension at our house in Islington. This was a complicated project in that it was being undertaken at the same time as the house was being underpinned. The underpinning works were being done by builders and with a quantity surveyor/project manager appointed by the insurers, who were paying for the underpinning works. Neil Fletcher went way beyond his brief in managing the interface of the underpinning works and some quite difficult moments with the underpinning contractors and their surveyor. He handled meetings with calmness, professionalism and great skill. He was also particularly good in his approach to working up and presenting the original design for the extension and liaising with the Listed Building Officer to achieve the requisite consent for the extension works, achieving a really usable and attractive space.

In 2013 we used Dale Loth again for the design and management of a major refurbishment of a house in Cambridgeshire. Again this included a new garden room as well as a complete remodelling of a kitchen, plus all the other unseen works which arise when you start work renovating a house which had not seen major attention for at least 50 years! The project ran to time, which was a key concern as we were having a wedding from the house less than a month after practical completion. As before Neil went the extra mile, worked extremely well with all the contractors involved and needless to say we are delighted with the result.