This two-storey terrace house had been poorly extended throughout the years, with little natural light and a cramped kitchen so the brief was formed from the client’s wish to provide new open-plan cooking and eating spaces that face out onto the garden, with a focus on natural light and materials to create more usable space and a calm atmosphere.
The design focused on the use and expression of natural materials that would complement and respect the original house. The aim is to use a limited palette of natural materials which provides a consistent language throughout the house, creating a coherent relationship between old and new.
The height of the extension was maximised to balance the low ceilings of the existing terrace house, and to bring in as much natural light as possible deep into the space. A large feature window to the rear highlights light, space and outlook to the clients small yew tree.