A new house at the end of a Victorian terrace of cottages. What appears to passers-by as an exact replica of the adjacent house is a different story on the inside. The interior treads a careful path between modern and traditional. On entering there is a tall lightwell, over 6m in height, which floods the staircase with natural light. This is a surprisingly generous space in a modest house of only 75sqm, and changes the sense of scale.
Most of the structure is timber frame, including an exposed reclaimed oak beam above the kitchen. This supports exposed first floor joists, painted white and braced with traditional herringbone noggins. The kitchen is inserted underneath as a piece of furniture separating living and dining spaces. Upstairs there are two bedrooms and a bathroom, with a second but smaller lightwell.
The front garden has been dedicated to growing vegetables with raised beds formed from sleepers, appropriate for a terrace originally built for railway workers. Patterned brick paving forms the path to the front door and the rear terrace.
The environmental strategy is simple, with the house relying on air tightness and high insulation levels.
The project featured in The Times, Architects Journal, WAN interiors and was part of open house London 2013.