A Garage Extension Rebuilt Into A Rustic-Industrial Residence

This is St. John’s Ambulance, a charming residence in Conduit Hill, in Rye, England. The original structure present on the site was built in the 1970s and reently an extension was added. That was a project developed by Martha Nowicka & Co., a practice established in 2004 with a concept-led approach which takes inspiration from site-specific conditions, ensuring a unique design every time.

St Johns Ambulance exterior designView in gallery
The extension was designed to replicate the original architecture
St Johns Ambulance side windowsView in gallery
The materials were also chosen based on the original design and architecture
St Johns Ambulance triangular roof sectionView in gallery
A triangular glass section was installed for the master bedroom

The extension we’re talking about was rebuilt and designed to match the original structure. It has a pitched roof and is clad in local handmade clay tiles specifically selected to match and complement the original tiles on the buillding. The original extension served as a garage/ workshop.

St Johns Ambulance brick facadeView in gallery
Skylights bring natural light into the upper level rooms
St Johns Ambulance fireplace dividerView in gallery
The kitchen, dining area and living space share a large open plan
St Johns Ambulance firewood pileView in gallery
The functions are separated by a central fireplace

The new design is meant to form a bridge between the past and the present, hence the eclectic style. The interior is organized on two floors. The gound floor features a huge open plan that includes the dining area, kitchen and living space and together they measure 780 square feet. This zone was created by removing a central wall that originally divided the space in two sections.

St Johns Ambulance fireplace and woodView in gallery
The wood-burning stove sits on a concrete platform

The three functions that share the open plan are organized around a central wood-burning stove that stands on a large concrete platform which enough space for firewood storage. The double-sided stove serves as a divider for the spaces.

St Johns Ambulance kitchen wood accentsView in gallery
In the kitchen, white marble is combined with natural wood
St Johns Ambulance kitchen marble accentsView in gallery
The kitchen island doubles as a bar, featuring a stainless steel design
St Johns Ambulance kitchen backsplashView in gallery
The brushed stainless steel island counter adds a modern touch to the decor

The kitchen is designed with a counter and backsplash made of Carrera marble. They are complemented by wooden cabinetry with a simple and raw finish as well as by a brushed stainless steel island which can be used as a bar. The island too doubles as a divider between the kitchen and the dining area.

St Johns Ambulance oak floorsView in gallery
The flooring is made out of oak wood and the walls throughout are white
St Johns Ambulance staircase and accent chairView in gallery
The overall design is a mixture of industrial, rustic and modern
St Johns Ambulance staircase handrailView in gallery
The staircase offers access to the upper level where the private rooms are situated
St Johns Ambulance staircase angleView in gallery
The wood-clad accent wall allows the staircase to blend in more easily

A seires of exposed brick and wood-clad accent walls maintain cohesiveness throughout the residence. At the same time, the staircase establishes a smooth transition between the lower and upper floors.

St Johns Ambulance view from the deskView in gallery
The central window on the upper floor forms a small nook
St Johns Ambulance desk on upper floorView in gallery
The nook is perfect for this small workstation made of reclaimed wood
St Johns Ambulance staircase window viewView in gallery
The side walls have long and narrow windows which panoramic views

The upper level is where the private rooms are situated. Here there’s a set of bedrooms with angled ceilings, wooden partitions and doors and brick accents.

St Johns Ambulance bedroom doorsView in gallery
The bedrooms are separated by wooden partitions that match the floor
St Johns Ambulance bedroom windowView in gallery
The windows in the bedrooms are small and provide both privacy and views
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The triangular window section was designed for the master bedroom

The windows are small and flush, designed to preserve the original architecture of the building and to emphasize its rustic-industrial character. The master bedroom is the only one that has a triangular window. It offers a panoramic view of the surroundings.

St Johns Ambulance bathroom vanityView in gallery
The bathroom is bright and open, featuring a large mirror

The bathroom is quite small but also really bright thanks to the way the mirror and window are facing each other and the overall white and clean decor.

St Johns Ambulance bathroom skylightView in gallery
The mirror is positioned opposite to the window, reflecting the light and view