House in Nottinghill, London
Our clients, with three children, asked us to carry out the building works whilst they continued to live in the house. The project of this fine detached Regency Villa, retaining many of its period features but in a poor state of repair, was as a result programmed in two main stages, each leaving half the house available for living.
The house lies within a conservation area and the lower ground floor was extended into the garden, under Permitted Development, to make a large family room, gym and hot tub area as well as a guest suite. The extension provided for a deck to the principal floor and which connects with the landscaped garden via a helical stair. The glazed lower garden floor redefines the historical upper storeys and continuity of materials and detail through these glazed walls permit a more seamless transition between the house interior and garden. Where new walls introduced these are treated as free standing pieces to recognize the larger footprint. A mansard roof has been added to provide children's rooms and an artist's studio.