A collaboration in the true sense of the word. The clients were graphic and brand designers (www.borndesign.com) and the resultant building was very much a product of the different design disciplines. The clients had the foresight to purchase the ugly house that nobody else wanted to buy. The property was built in the 1970s on a former bombsite and in a very crude interpretation recreated the original Victorian townhouse.
By extending upwards, downwards, to the front and rear we were able to almost double the existing footprint of space. The yellow brickwork to the existing property stood out in the street making it look like a 'bad tooth'. The clients wanted their new home to sit more comfortably in the streetscape. An unconventional approach was to apply a black dye to all the brickwork. The window openings were resized to reflect the rhythm of the existing windows, the glazed sections being the same size and proportion of the original sashes with a solid timber shutter section to the side providing the ventilation. The glazed screen to the rear opens out onto a small courtyard garden finished in a hand painted Morrocan tile.
The lower ground floor level is over 15 metres deep stretching from the rooflight sitting in a raised well in the front garden to the sliding glazed screen to the rear. An island unit, over 5 metres long, is the central focus of the space finished in a rivened black granite with ebony stained hardwood door facings and a polished concrete floor throughout.
Completion Date April 2009. Contract Period 30 weeks.
Leigh Radford and Melanie Crolla, owners: "As designers ourselves we understood the complexity of delivering a major house redesign so Martyn (an old colleague) was our ideal partner. He took a logical approach to our project. Securing an ambitious planning application and pushing our expectations of the existing spaces. Within the design process we were able to join forces and detail the design together and with Martyn's guidance manage to achieve this on time and within budget. We now live in a home we truly love. Thanks, Martyn."