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Hennessy House

Chiswick, London
June 2016

Contractor : Project 1 Design & Build
Structural Engineer : Trigram Partnership

This Victorian house had not been renovated in decades, the main living spaces were unwelcoming, dark and isolated from the garden. The clients wanted a modern house, with spaces full of natural light, contemporary design and traditional character, all with a close connection to the garden.

At the rear, a tall glass side return structure with exposed timber beams echoes the traditional pitch of the original roof, letting light flood deep into the open plan. The existing structure has been opened up, with sliding glass doors, revealing a sculptural brick cantilever corner when stacked to one side - offering uninterrupted views to the garden.

The main ground floor is a key multi - functional space with defined zones of dining, kitchen and living; demonstrated through, changing ceiling heights, light fittings and floor surfaces. The main structural support for the extension becomes a key interior feature, painted a bold pink, it contains a built in fire and flat screen TV.

Internally, poor quality plaster was removed, revealing wide areas of well - persevered brickwork; an unexpected feature that was restored and is now a dominant feature, which also adds a natural connection between the interior spaces and the brick exterior.

On the first floor, partitions were removed, transforming three cramped bedrooms into two generous spaces: master and guest en-suites. In the master en-suite, crittall doors divide spaces; enclosing the shower and toilet into private areas. In the guest bedroom, a flat ceiling has been opened-up, and three skylights added, allowing light to bounce around the tall-pitched room.

On the top floor a new double kid's bedroom has been added to the rear, while the existing bedroom has been vibrantly updated and large full height glass windows added. The existing bathroom has almost doubled in size space to service both rooms. A former small cellar under the hallway has been dug out and extended to serve as a cinema and club room.

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