Description: House extension
Local Authority/Location: Grove Park, Lewisham
Project size: £30,000
This tight-knit, busy family, with two teenage sons wanted a major new living space in which to chill out together, or with friends, acting as a free-flowing link between their well planned garden and the kitchen. It was a tough Brief as the rear of the house faces north-east, and so is in shadow much of the day. The budget was £30k including fittings.
The rear wall of the kitchen was knocked out and a slot of glass and a Velux introduced on the west side to allow late afternoon sun. Privacy and impact were maximised by the contrast between a curved thick wall on one side and a totally sliding/folding, full-height glazed screen for the rest, with a single slim post. The entire space flowed out onto an extensive level deck creating a sense of endless, indivisible space.
A random slate floor, white marble kitchen worktops, and timber finishes gives striking contrast on a limited palette of colours. Efficient under-floor heating and an integrated computerised light and sound system provides the luxury touches of modern living.
The family now virtually live in this space!
What the client said:
“Like many architects, Stephen works alongside his clients, but it’s his inspirational response to exploring a design from the very outset that creates momentum to many challenging projects.
He fully interpreted our Brief, but also evolved his designs as different aspects of the project evolved
He was exactly on time and understood the potential administrative issues with planning etc and had allowed a realistic buffer to accommodate these
Stephen has always been very competitive, but brings the full weight of his experience and advice
He did more than add value, he inspired some of the foundational directions of the design, after hearing what we wanted.”
Simon & Jan: client