The property is located at the apex of a junction of two roads that intersect at an acute angle of approximately 45 degrees giving the site a unique triangular geometry. The road to the rear rises steadily from the junction, by the time it has traversed the site it is approximately two metres higher than the land to the front of the house. In the existing configuration of the house there was a garage attached to the rear accessed from the road . We removed the garage which was acting as a visual and physical barrier and extended the ground floor level outboard all the way to the rear boundary creating a triangular shaped kitchen. A geometry that you wouldn’t necessarily turn to but as a constraint of the site we had to work with. The resultant extension creates a courtyard with glazed edges from the dining room to the rear of the house and the triangular kitchen running at ninety degrees to it. The external courtyard has high boundary fences to the road to the rear and the adjacent property. These edges help give the space a feeling of privacy and containment, it feels like another room albeit its an external one. The vertical layering of the external fences are replicated internally with a textured ‘bar code’ splash back made from a stained oak. This runs in the same plane as the fence providing visual connectivity between inside and outside. The same can be said of the polished concrete floor finish which runs through from inside to outside. The house was further extended at first floor and into the attic where we placed a new master bedroom suite. The attic has a large lead clad dormer with a full height picture window. Which takes advantage of a clear vista up to Alexandra Palace.
Completion Date January 2015. Contract Period 38 weeks.