Often it can make a major difference to do things that initially seem indulgent. In this situation an existing four storey grade II listed Victorian property was to be extended to the rear on two levels and completely refurbished throughout. The existing lower ground floor had been 'carved-up' twenty years previously.This had resulted in a large open plan space but with an ungenerous floor to ceiling height.
In the new extension we could easily dig down and create a better volume for the additional space, but what really transformed the space was taking the existing floor plate down a further 6" with it. This was achieved by underpinning the whole building at the new formation level. The resultant main living space, approx 35% of the property as a whole, benefiting from the extra volume. The rear extensions were built in reclaimed London stocks which were dyed to match the exiting rear elevation, oak slatted rainscreens, A lichen covered 'green roof' and glazed screens.
Completion Date November 2008. Contract period 26 weeks.