Project DescriptionFROM THE ARCHITECTS:
Expanding and reworking a Victorian terrace house to suit a young family lifestyle.
The rundown period property was in urgent need of updating and brought an opportunity for expansion. An outside WC and shed were demolished to make room for a full width extension, as well as an additional storey being added to the rear closet wing to add an additional bathroom.
The ambition was to combine and enhance the original features and character of the property with new contemporary additions to bring a sense of playfulness and expression to the home. The new additions, including a new basement level with front light well and the extensive reworking to the rear had to be done in a conservation area where the materiality of the existing largely defined the form of the new. Materials are generally kept simple and in keeping with the existing and contrasted with new insertions. Reclaimed stock bricks contrast with the simple slim-line pivoting doors, shadow gaps run into traditional mouldings and a subtle colour scheme negotiates the transition of spaces.
The new lowered floor level to the rear extension increased the sense of volume as well as allowing light to penetrate deeper into the house and creates a separation of space and a cosiness for the living room. To add interest, the structure of the extension was exposed and expressed, playfully highlighting the width of the room in luminous red machinery safety paint. The new wood-burning fireplace also follows this vain, the concrete cantilevered plinth creates a hearth which extends to form a seat and shelf as a contemporary inglenook in the heart of the home.