The main objectives of the project were to take a previously converted Victorian flat and extensively reconfigure & extend, in order that it can once again function as a family dwelling.
Once the structural strategy had been defined the spatial reconfiguration was relatively straightforward; a new zinc-clad dormer was added to the rear roof slope to accommodate 2 new bedrooms, a bathroom, and also a play space at attic level; this effectively gives a whole floor to the client's 2 young boys which really helps with the overlapping functions within a compact family flat. Sufficient light was brought into the new bedrooms via North and South facing rooflights, and into the bathroom and stair/ play space via large-format timber composite windows.
A key design consideration was the interface between the original period features of the property, which give it it's distinctive character and appeal, and the new and improved elements that were required to significantly improve both the capacity and the performance of the property. A large open-plan living space has been created by joining 3 separate rooms, accommodating a new larger kitchen, dining area and living room. Despite joining 3 separate spaces together, definition of the 3 new functions is provided by careful use of various existing thresholds, partitions and detailing from the 3 existing rooms.
The resulting property is spread across 4 levels which creates a really generous arrangement and provides shared spaces for family life, and also remote more intimate spaces providing privacy and quiet. As well as a new large family bathroom at attic level, 2 new shower rooms & WC's are provided at first and second floor level providing for a main suite, and also a guest suite/ home office; this arrangement allows a really flexible family home with capacity, and appropriate levels of privacy for guests to stay, whilst also accommodating working from home - something that is a rarity in a typical converted London terrace.
Building Control: Assent South East
Engineer: DEC Consulting Engineers Ltd
Contractor: Orsman Construction