Highgate Refurbishment and Extension
Our clients had lived in this modern house in Highgate for a few years when they contacted us. The house is a modern design set within the Highgate Conservation Area.
With a growing family, the house was in need of refurbishment and extension to give them the space that they needed. We worked together to develop a design brief that met all of the needs of the project. A key idea was to bring more light in to the ground floor space. And to structurally open-up and extend to make an open-plan kitchen and family room.
At the same time, the whole house would be refurbished with new electrics, heating, and decorations throughout. Our clients disliked the existing staircase which was dark, so we came up with the idea of replacing the stair with a bright, open design with glass balustrades.
On the second floor a further extension was to be constructed over part of the roof terrace, to give a new bedroom and study space. The master bedroom suite was also re-planned and refurbished with a new walk in dressing room.
Highgate Conservation Area
Our design included for the refurbishment of the exterior of the house at the front, including new windows and doors. As well as insulated render, and a landscaping and planting design for the front garden.
Because the house is in the Highgate Conservation Area, the changes had to be planned carefully to meet local planning policy.
Householder Planning Approval
It was important that our design was seen to enhance the Conservation Area, so we worked hard to ensure that the choice of materials and the detail of the design worked with the planning policy. As a result our design won the support of the Highgate Society and the Conservation Officer. And our clients were delighted that the planning application was approved on the first go.
Extension Design Ideas
We played around with concept design ideas, and came up with a solution that our clients loved because it gave them more space and added value.
Single Storey Rear Extension
The concept was to split the open plan space into three zones. The new kitchen was planned to the side of the space with it’s own door to the garden and a separate pantry space accessed from inside.
The main family space for relaxing and watching TV was in the middle of the space. While the existing rear wall of the house was removed and a new ground floor extension build to extend the living space, with space for a large dining table close to the garden.
Top Floor Extension
The top floor extension adds huge value to the house by creating an extra bedroom, that our clients can also use as a home office when they do not have guests staying. The extra bedroom has sliding doors giving access on to the roof terrace with fantastic views across Highgate.
Interior Design Changes
We carefully planned all of the structural changes to the house, which have opened the space to the garden. The result is a living space that is much more bright and spacious.
The design of the extension gives a framed view through to the garden from the entrance hallway, which makes the house feel open and inviting.
Highgate Kitchen Extension
The finished house includes a great new kitchen and pantry, as well as an extra shower and boot room on the ground floor.
The kitchen works with our clients’ design brief of being able to see through to all parts of the space, and in to the garden, when standing in the kitchen. An important part of the design when young children are running around!
We also redesigned the staircase to be more open, with oak treads and glass edges, adding light to the space.
This is extended up to the new bedroom and study space in the top floor extension, and a new frameless glass balustrade is fitted on the roof terrace, which is a great place to sit and look back over Highgate.
START YOUR OWN Highgate Extension
If you’re planning an extension, get in touch. We’ll be happy to discuss your project, and give you our advice.