Our brief for this restoration and extension project offered many challenges, not least persuading the conservation officer that a contemporary addition to a fine Grade II listed house was just what it needed to become a modern family home. The building was in a bad way and our clients wanted to maximise the floorspace that could be achieved on this desirable but tight town-centre site. The design includes a 3-storey extension and a new entrance, accessed by a bridge over a glazed basement below. The basement rooms now have direct access to the south-facing garden so light fills these spaces. What had been a collection of disjointed and small, gloomy rooms, many of which were uninhabitable, has now been transformed into a luxurious town house that is unique and exciting, where new and old work together.