The extension and refurbishment of Winchelsea is a fusion of Spanish/Mediterranean and traditional Barbadian architectural styles, the latter paying respect to the character of its time-honoured neighbourhood.
The ground floor of the existing single storey building was gutted to create an open plan living-dining area with adjacent kitchen. The existing patio, refurbished and extended to wrap around 3 sides of the house, incorporates built in concrete benches for seating in lieu of a balustrade. The new entrance feature visually breaks the wrap around patio and creates a first floor balcony for the master suite, while the front steps cascade down to the drive, welcoming visitors through a new archway to the front door. The new first floor, which follows the footprint of the original building, provides 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The colours were inspired by those common to the Mediterranean – white rendered walls, terracotta roof tiles and the jalousie shutters and doors, typical of local architecture, were painted a bright blue. Internal woodwork features a pickled finish to expose the grain while black wrought iron security screens, carefully designed to compliment the new design, complete the ensemble.
LocationChelsea Gardens, Bridgetown, Barbados
Size3175 sq. ft. / 295 sq. m.
ContractorR. G. Construction Inc
Civil & Structural Engineers
Atlantic Engineering Inc.
- Design allows natural ventilation and day lighting
- Wrap around Patio &, Shutters provide solar shading
- Jalousie windows and doors facilitate natural ventilation
- Rainwater Harvesting for irrigation & re-use
- Water Conservation - Low/dual flush toilets
- Solar Water Heater