The property is a Victorian mid-terrace home located in Homerton, very close to the River Lea.
The client had already refurbished much of the existing property to a high standard, but the kitchen had been left untouched, to be carried out with the broader extension & reconfiguration at ground floor. The primary objective was, therefore, relatively simple & familiar, that of upgrading the existing kitchen, reconnecting this with the rest of the ground floor living accommodation, and providing a new open-plan kitchen & dining area.
Despite the relatively simple brief, there were still constraints in terms of the very narrow space available in the side return, the requirement for a separate WC, separate laundry space, new boiler location, access to the rear reception and access to the garden. Careful working of the plan, and the production and refinement of various strategic arrangements with the client, led us to the favoured arrangement, creating a protected dining area flanked by a window seat facing the garden, shelving (as opposed to a breakfast bar) in the back of the island, and a glazed door system giving access to the garden in the centre of the plan.
Additional daylight is brought into the side extension (serving the dining area & access to the rear reception) via a large format flat rooflight.
The WC and separate laundry cupboard are located outside of the main open-plan kitchen/ dining space, within the existing hallway.
Our typical simple palette of materials and standard products are used throughout but also complemented with some additional bespoke elements, including re-sprayed IKEA kitchen fronts, birch ply shelving & bench top and brass tap.
Building Control: Assent South East
Engineer: DEC Consulting Engineers Ltd
Contractor: Epping Forest Bespoke Construction