This extension and refurbishment of a mid-terraced turn-of-the-century Victorian property in Sainfoin Road, Balham, for a young newlywed professional couple, demonstrates the practice's continuing commitment to small-scale high quality residential projects for private clients.
The brief was to create additional space within the existing building's footprint so as to avoid encroaching upon the property's small garden area to the rear of the property. As a qualified chef, the client had a very specific set of requirements for increasing the size of the kitchen and optimising working areas and the circulation routes in and through them.
The solution involved the demolition of an existing 1970s extension built against the adjoining property's flank wall and upon resolution of Party Wall issues, a new, larger side extension being built in its place. By increasing the opening in the original external wall, free flow of movement would be improved and uninterrupted wall space maximised for the kitchen units and surfaces to be designed along.
To compensate for the lack of natural light now being able to penetrate through to the centre of the house, a barrel vault rooflight was incorporated into the flat roof of the extension. Furthermore, by extending the raised level of the dining room through into the kitchen and breakfast room area, improved views are afforded through the house and out into the rear garden.
This project is also noteworthy as a first collaboration with the local structural engineer Douglas Kenney, based in Coulsdon:
Strip-out underway prior to construction commencing on site
Stage of construction as at 26th October 2007