Paterson Macaulay & Owens choose a Stovax stove to create a focal point in extension
Paterson Macaulay & Owens, Flintshire
April 4, 2018
Stumbling across this beautiful high apex space that featured a Stovax Vision multi-fuel stove, we had to get in touch with chartered architects, Paterson Macaulay & Owens, to find out more about this project’s story.
How long has Paterson Macaulay & Owens been running, and how did the business start up?
Paterson Macaulay & Owens was established in 1957 at Bebington, Wirral and later expanded to North Wales at Mold, Flintshire. We are a small and vibrant practice, who originally made our name as church designers. However, the scope of works has widened over the years and we are now responsible for a wide range of projects, which include public buildings, housing association projects, new build, conversions and refurbishments, private houses, conservation and ecclesiastical projects.
What approach do you take with your clients?
Our approach is contextual. Every client and hence every project is unique; depending on factors and circumstances that will inform us on the eventual design. We rarely have an initial out-of-the-box design from start to finish, it’s more of a progressive and evolutionary process. We feel this can only be achieved by keeping a close and continuous dialogue with the client. It goes without saying, we aim for our projects to be conceived, detailed and monitored to the highest of standards.
How did the Coed Y Brain project come about, and can you tell us a bit more about this project?
The client approached us based on our previous works on conservation and listed properties. At the same time, they were keen to have a design-led approach that would not result in a bog-standard, run-of-the-mill extension! Their requirements were for the creation of a larger kitchen and dining space that could also act as a family hub.
Coed Y Brain is a Grade II Listed Georgian country house, however the small kitchen and formal room layout are not conducive to modern day living, so we proposed to open up the enclosed kitchen by knocking through the external wall and linking it to a new structure that was appropriate to the scale of the main house. Together with the client and feedback from the conservation officer and Cadw, we went through a number of iterations, until finally agreeing on a single 5m high apex space that opens off the existing kitchen to provide an open plan dining and family room.
To soften the scale of the internal space, we designed a barrel vault at high level to create a gentle curve to the ceiling and clad it in American Ash boarding. As you enter the kitchen, your eyes are drawn to the feature ceiling and then to the end gable wall which acts as a focal point. Historically, the hearth was the centre and most important feature of the home, so it made sense that the focal point of this space should have the log burning stove as its centrepiece! Built-in shelving either side of the stove and a picturesque view of the Clwydian Range complement the overall look!
How did you go about sourcing the stove for this house?
The client initially looked at websites like Houzz and Pinterest to find a style they liked, and it was narrowed down to a few, well-known stove manufacturers. Fortunately, a local stockist had the particular model available!
What drew you to Stovax’s products, and which one did you opt for in the end?
The client wanted to avoid something that was pastiche, opting for a more contemporary design that was also timeless. We felt Stovax Vision fit the bill! On a functional level, they wanted a stove that was energy efficient with the added convenience of being able to use a variety fuels.
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