Extension and Refurbishment, Westminster
Full House Refurbishment
Our clients got in touch with us to plan their dream home in St Johns Wood. They had bought a house a bit worse for wear and needed an architect with big ideas. We stepped up and threw ourselves in to the design work! The key to this project was to talk through each part of the brief with our clients, and for us all to have fun with the design options, to get their house just right!
New House Design
We took out the staircase, all the floors and internal walls, and ripped up the layout to create the perfect space. Every square inch was designed (and then designed again!) to the max. The result is a refurb and extension that is crisp and clean, and happy clients with the home they were looking for!
Single Storey Extension
A bright living space and good use of the small garden were high on our clients’ wish list, so they were key to the design. The single storey extension has glass sliding doors and a big roof light that bring lots of day light in to the house. To the back of the house there are some tall flats. The design deals with this and gives privacy with triple electric blinds to the glass doors, controlled by remote.
Westminster Conservation Area Planning
The house is in the St John’s Wood Conservation Area in Westminster. Planning in conservation areas can be tricky. But we know the conservation area rules well so were able to design an extension that got planning from Westminster first go. Our design is modern at the rear, but keeps the traditional appearance at the front, which the planners like. It’s a good way to get planning approval. We like to avoid planning drama!
Inside to Outside Threshold
Setting the floor level of the inside and the patio at the same height is a great way to make the space feel bigger. When the doors are open the space flows from the inside to the outside. It is a touch more expensive than a step down to the patio, but is well worth it.
The materials for the inside of the house were quite cool tones, so we felt that the garden space needed a warm feel. To create this the garden walls are wrapped in a warm timber cladding that gives a splash of colour. At night the wood is light up making the space feel bright.
Sometimes it is the small touches that can make a house feel like a home. In the master bedroom on the first floor our clients went with more warm wood as for the wardrobes. These were custom made to suit the space, and the oak interior and paint finish add to the design of the house.
4 Storey House Refurbishment
As we took out all of the floors from the house, we were able to insert the new floors at a touch lower level to give height for a loft room. This little trick adds a lot of value to the house as well as a really useful new room. It is well lit with 3 new conservation style roof lights that open by remote control.
Westminster Loft Conversion
The new loft room is kept bright and airy with glass to the stairs, and crisp white walls. The whole house has high quality LED lights, but in the loft they make a real impact as they wash the ceilings with light. Every inch of space has been used, with custom made cupboards to the eaves space for storage.