The brief challenged us to create spaces that were connected and free-flowing, yet would still retain their sense of purpose. The intended use for each space was carefully considered, enabling the family to carry out individual activities simultaneously, such as cooking, homework and play while retaining a sense of togetherness. Openings in partition walls, borrowed lights and the continuity of finish contribute to the maintaining of flow throughout the space whilst also serving as restful points of separation between rooms.
The lower ground floor has been opened up and extended to create a sequence of living, kitchen and dining spaces from which utility and garden can be easily accessed. The rear extension has been clad with natural stone, bringing a material connection to the sunken patio.
Connecting the lower ground floor to the first floor is a voluminous double-height void, encased on three sides by glass. Within this, a beautiful bespoke curved staircase finished in brass and stained oak brings luxurious attention to detail.
While the loft had already been converted, the ceiling heights and views out were limited. To enhance this space, we opened up the rear elevation to improve views and natural light. The roof has been reconfigured to add volume and improve the thermal properties of the construction. The siting of the bedroom door on the second-floor landing allowed us to create a wider room with the added benefit of allowing an abundance of daylight to filter down onto the second-floor landing. An additional storey was added to the rear closet wing, creating a private terrace to the top floor suite with a laundry room on the floor below.
Period features have been reinstated alongside modern elements with a core palette of dark timber, marble and brass.