When Katie and David Pearce bought a 1930s house in 2012, they knew it was in need of some substantial works in order to become the home they were after. After an initial refurbishment, stage two of the transformation happened in 2018 when they added an oak frame extension.
The project revolved around modifying the existing extensions – two low, flat roof additions positioned either side of the original building – and creating more of an open-plan living space.
One of the older additions was extended to incorporate a playroom, utility room and two new bedrooms above. On the other side, the space was replaced with a light-filled oak frame extension, which was the perfect setting for the stove that they were keen on installing.
“We wanted a larger living area with a woodburner as we don’t have a fireplace in the house, although there’s a small stove in the kitchen,” says Katie.
During the initial renovation works back in 2012, the property’s heating system was upgraded to include electric underfloor heating (UFH) in the kitchen, with a combi and a system boiler to heat the rest of the house. A new UFH setup was installed in the oak room, this time a wet Heatmeister system, connected to the existing boilers.
The new stove was a key consideration from early on in the project. Katie and David were looking for a design that offered a wide view of the flames at a low level.
“Stovax’s Studio Freestanding woodburner was ideal because it came with the option of a heatproof back plate that would protect the oak frame and glass from heat,” says Katie.
“But we have been told not to use it too much for a year or so to allow the green oak to dry out.”
The tiler was involved in creating the hearth and the suppliers of the oak frame incorporated the exit for the flue in their design. As the ceiling is very high, they needed scaffolds and ladders to build it in.
“At first they fitted the top of the flue through the roof, then installed the stove and connected it up,” says Katie.
“The installer was worried about fixing it to the floor with brackets because of the UFH, so they’ve fixed it to the frame instead. All in all the installation was very quick – probably only a day and a half’s work.”
Situated in the middle of a large glazed elevation, the stove makes a striking focal feature for the new room. It cost approximately £4,650 including installation.
“If you’re considering this feature then look at all the choices for hearths, flue width and where you want the heat transmitted – we found that there are lots of options you don’t expect.”
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