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Talbot Road

Lipton Plant Architects



  • Structural Engineer: Consibee
  • Other: Trogal Griffin
  • General Contractor: Golden Houses
  • Other: Alexander Elliot

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Project Description


Transforming an awkward and tired Highgate house into a light-filled family home, with a dramatic timber and glass extension providing flexible open-plan living at ground floor and five bedrooms above.

This family home had been manipulated over the years into an untidy maze of small rooms with poor circulation. The floorplan was reconfigured, moving the stair to a new location and creating a dramatic black timber and glass single-storey extension to the side and rear.

The upper levels have been reconfigured throughout to provide five generous bedrooms, ensuites, office and play den. Simple materials and beautiful detailing is tangibly visible throughout. In the top floor occupied by the children, the space is decorated with a pink shag pile carpet and fun coloured radiators and bathroom. The first floor master bedroom features rich carpet, orange leather joinery and diamond tiles forming a sophisticated grown-up retreat. Externally the façade is formed from vertical strips of stained black Canadian cedar which is punctuated by significant glazing. The cedar façade continues
into the living space, forming the side wall and creating a punched-through effect as it passes seamlessly through the doors. The decking has too been formed in black stained strips of cedar, allowing the elevation to run down into the decking and then extend horizontally towards the garden. Cleverly concealed below the decking is the children’s sandpit which only reveals itself when the decking is lifted.

The result has been a spectacular transformation of the building and the provision of a beautiful family home.
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