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Kelross House

Paul Archer Design

Project Name

Kelross House

Project Status


Year Completed



  • General Contractor: Charles Alexander B&C Services Ltd
  • Structural Engineer: Martin Redston Associates

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Project Description


Complete refurbishment of a Victorian house, with a new refined side return infill extension and bespoke joinery to create a contemporary flow throughout.

The side return infill extension is a collection of very carefully considered details; the glass panels continue from the clear window area to cover the party wall, and are back sprayed across the wall thickness. All frames are hidden. The party wall continues from inside to outside and the glass slices cleanly and framelessly through the wall on the weathering line. The joinery of the kitchen units also continue from inside to the small urban garden and are seamlessly cut by the glass - allowing inside and outside to blur, which increases the feeling of space overall.

Inside, the original three separate ground floor rooms are now one large open plan space. The level change from the front of the house to the back, which was only apparent originally in the stairway, is now an important definition to the large space. The front, slightly more formal reception room, is thus separated from the rest of the space by a set of Black Valchromat (a recycled wood product) steps. Another eco friendly paper-based and very durable material, Richlite is used on the kitchen worktops and the surfaces of the external/internal black bench, while the vertical surfaces in this area are made from Valchromat. A new oak parquet floor brings a warm and texture to the space, alongside the original fireplace in living area painted a bold shade of blue.

To make the most of the available space in the top of the house, a stepped floor was designed between the master suite in the loft and the kid's bedroom below. The bed rests on a raised platform made from black Valchromat and the ceiling bulkhead is concealed within the storage joinery in the small bedroom below. The use of Black Valchromat in the other main areas gives a contemporary unification to the whole house right from top, to the new lower ground playroom, and small urban rear garden. 
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