Branksome Woods

Extension, Refurbishment + Alterations 

Poole, Dorset

Set within a Bournemouth conservation zone; Branksome Woods provided the challenge of designing additional, modern space for a growing family whilst respecting sensitive contextual conditions. 

Footprint Architects responded by continuing the existing roofline across the property, providing an extra two bedrooms whilst also allowing the proposal to blend seamlessly with the properties existing form, whilst breathing new life into the look of the dated building. 

On the ground floor, the kitchen and dinning area were re-organised and extended out from the property in a brick form that exhibits views of the garden, with an alternative contrasting timber rear entrance to provide improved access to the house from the drive and garage. 

The design changes have transformed the quality and functionality of Branksome Woods, providing modern additional space, with a minimal impact on the surrounding context.

The project was completed in November 2017. 

open plan kitchen with sliding doors open out to garden in the brick and timber clad extension to a family home in Branksome
modern open plan kitchen with wooden storage shelves in the wall and modern designer lighting in Branksome woods
modern open plan kitchen with floor to ceiling storage and in-wall ovens and an island and stylish lighting and armchairs


We engaged the team at Footprint to design and plan our extension in 2017. We had been told by various people in advance that it would be a challenging job due to the site location and access. In addition, while my wife and I had a general idea about wanting an extension, we had no clear ideas on how to fit in all our requirements into one build. Footprint immediately understood our project and their very first design was beyond what we could have imagined. Of the architects we invited to pitch for our project Footprint’s response was by far the most comprehensive. The level of detail was incredible and allowed us to give potential builders a very precise specification. We believe it was this attention to detail that meant our project was completed exactly to time and exactly on budget. Our experience with Footprint demonstrated that a good architect can not only design your dream house, but they can save you time and stress as well! – Client, Private House

front exterior of the modern brick and wood extension and refurbishment with large windows in Branksome woods
open plan kitchen with a white and grey theme and with orange hanging lights and a double height area over an oak table
modern stylish flooring with grey tiles and a zigzag wooden flooring in an open plan kitchen in branksome woods
a modern geometric bedroom with a large window and stylish hanging lights with exposed lightbulbs in Branksome woods
modern bedroom for boys with a bunkbed and storage underneath and a wall sticker of the lego movie and a large window
stylish modern bathroom with a geometric cube pattern on the tiled walls and a glass shower and a square toilet
exterior of modern brick and timber clad extension with large glazing and an open plan kitchen in Branksome woods at night
modern brick and timber clad extension with large glazing on a family home in Branksome woods at night
computer sketch of the proposed brick and timber clad extension for a modern family home in Branksome woods