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
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
Strip-out underway prior to construction commencing on site
of construction as at 26th October 2007