The brief was to provide more comfortable and well designed family spaces, by converting an existing cellar, and replanning and extending the kitchen and dining space. This was originally a single room which was too small to comfortably fit in both functions.
The existing wedge shaped garden meant that there was quite a lot of space to the side of the house. This provided an opportunity to create a new pavilion type dining space that did not extend to the boundary. The new room extends out to the side of the kitchen and forms a semi enclosed south facing courtyard space. With two walls glazed, the extension maintains views between the new courtyard and the garden. In the day this room is open and light-filled, with the garden to one side and the courtyard to the other, but in darkness it feels more enclosed; An intimate warmly lit space sitting within the garden.
The extension was carefully detailed with a timber ceiling and exposed timber joists spanning onto the end wall of exposed brick. An in situ concrete shelf was cast into the brick wall as a focus point at the end of the dining table. The existing kitchen was replanned with a frameless slot window offering a view to the new courtyard space, and a bench seat in the retained bay window.
Other plan alterations rationalised the route from front door through to the kitchen and provided space for a new staircase down to the basement. This was excavated to create a proper head height, tanked and insulated, and fully integrated into the house. Planning was gained on appeal for a window facing the street as well as to a light well to the side. This means the main basement room has two sources of daylight and is light filled and comfortable. This has a polished concrete floor and built in furniture and is used as a multi purpose family room for homework and TV. The rest of the basement provides space for a utility room and much valued storage space.
The project added over 55sqm to the house.
Photos by: Jim Stephenson
I'd just say everything did he did was clever and perfectly thought through. We have a completely light-filled and warm kitchen, with sun pouring in at every angle except due south - so it never gets too hot. And the sightlines from one part of the house to another - whether down the hallway or across the courtyard from kitchen to sitting room - all work beautifully. All the little details he added are there for a reason and are also part of the overall style - the perfect marrying of form and function.Harry and Becky