Paul Archer Design


Aynhoe House

Drama in a Brook Green kitchen, with striking feature staircase.


The clients approached us with a brief to reinvigorate the existing structure and refurbish the interior spaces to embrace modern, open-plan living that would better suit the individual needs of the family members.

I was very happy that the initial vision of what the house could be came to fruition and PAD were able to find the specialists that we needed to bring that creativity to life. Particularly areas such as the new staircase which was bold and difficult to do but went through without any hitches! Owner, Aynhoe House

Project description

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.

Material design

A stunning semi-spiral stair that was shortlisted for the Architects Journal Specification Awards 2019. Aynhoe staircase has a semi-spiral form, supported only at the top and bottom. The structure consists of two outer steel stringers formed from laser cut and rolled steel welded together to form the curved geometry.

Brass handrail
Fabricator - Cake Industries Ltd


Before GIFA
215 sqm
After GIFA
237 sqm
£2,320 / sqm
PRS Builders Ltd
Structural Engineer
Fluid Structures
Andy Stagg

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