The project comprised the extensive refurbishment and extension to a large detached property on the south coast. The client wished to create a traditional ‘arts and craft’ feel for the property externally, whilst creating spacious contemporary, open plan living spaces. A new pool block contains a swim spa, gym and garage.
Given the scale of the work, SD Structures undertook a full design appraisal at an early stage to find the most efficient structural solution considering likely impacts on the architecture, cost, ease of construction and health and safety.
The central section of the house and roof were retained and steel frames were installed to support the back of the existing house and provide 10m column free clear spans. Other structural challenges included cantilevered floating staircases and landings and slender balustrades.
A steel frame was selected for the pool block to achieve a 12m long glazed panel to be supported uninterrupted in the vaulted ceiling over the pool.
The work that SD produced in the pre-construction and budget phase was invaluable. The detailed 3D modelling enabled us to look at how much of the building would be saved and the structural requirements in achieving the concept design. As a client we have been very demanding but SD have continued to support the scheme and deliver solutions to all our requests.
Jason Richardson - Private Client - Seabreeze Lodge