Cross House

Located off of Beech Road in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, the scheme focuses on the refurbishment and extension to a semi-detached victorian period property. A Garden Pavilion follows the same design principles towards the rear of the garden, where Nordic Design meets Mid-Century Tropical Modernism.
Relocating the kitchen and dining space to the other side of the property allows a direct line of sight to be established from the front door of the property to the garden pavilion towards the rear of the property.

A large window seat replaces the existing bay window to create a transitional seating space between internal and external use. 
The revised internal configuration seeks to challenge the existing layout and provide better open plan living for a growing family. By relocating the downstairs WC to the main circulation space, a better physical connection to the garden has been established.
The material palette has been curated by the client's brief and inspiration from tropical mid 19th century modernism. A careful blend of robust materials include timber panelling, terrazzo flooring and ceramic tiles; both internaly and externally.
Externally, the facade features deep recesses created by stack bonded brickwork piers, each serving a different purpose. A large framed window and raised planter creates a direct view over the wild flower garden from the living space, an internal/ external window seat connects the kitchen to the garden, whilst the set back in the extension creates a direct physical access to the rear of the property. 

The roof scape is created by two interlocking mono-pitched roofs centralised from the edge of the existing property. A ceramic band ties both the rear and side extensions together.

Finally a first floor extension creates a new master suite overlooking the garden. 

Project Information




Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester



Architectural Design, Concept Design, Interiors, Planning



Design Team:

Project Team:

Jack Hutchinson - Define