The clients were keen to work with the period features of this locally listed property but were happy to reinvent the space at the lower ground floor level. Therefore the major part of the works took place here. The property as is the norm was extended outboard into the small existing garden. The majority of the rear section of the main body of the house was dug down to a new formation level to achieve a floor to ceiling height in proportion to the enlarged space created.
The clients also encouraged working with the fabric of the existing property particularly the exposed brickwork to the lower ground floor. The brickwork had been painted but it was painstackingly stripped back with a chemical wash to reveal the original finish. Sections of new brickwork were then built to match with the existing and finished with lime mortar. Polished concrete was used throughout the level including a bench along the flank wall and externally for the patio. A simple timber stair sprayed white formed the transistion between the traditional and contemporary parts of the house.
The clients came with quite an eclectic palette on their pinterest board and a brief to exploit every inch of space out of the property. To that end at the top of the house where we placed the kids bedrooms we were able to build up into the space within the 'butterfly' roof to create sleeping decks to both bedrooms. This freed up the space below for desk/workspaces, wardrobes and space on the floor for friends at sleepovers. On the third level we created a master bedroom suite with walk in wardrobe and en suite bathroom. The clients desire for colour and texture are evident in the palette of colours and materials they chose in both the bedroom and en suite bathroom.
Completion Date April 2015. Contract Period 26 weeks.