Private owner
Camberwell, London
100m2 +

Beautifully designed extension to terrace home blending timber, steel, glass and slate to create a chicmemorable and practical space.

Not all our projects are big-budget. This Camberwell project takes the footprint of the kitchen-diner to the property boundary with exposed steel beams supporting the first-floor bedroom and bathroom. The architect planned to create the maximum possible living area from the available space.

Rather than hide the steel work away and loose space, we make a feature of it, colouring it to match the charcoal VM Zinc roof cladding. Floor to ceiling bespoke double glazing and a glass roof bring in as much daylight as possible, increasing the feeling of space in the kitchen.

Our suppliers are both trusted, established and, wherever possible, local. Solid oak door and window frames add warmth and colour, and were made locally by joiners in Camberwell who we have worked with for over 20 years. This echoes the solid Baltic pine patio cladding. By using solid slate flooring inside and out, the kitchen area extends visually into the patio, increasing the feeling of space. This ‘kitchen-diner-patio’ area is flexible, practical and attractive.

The kitchen uses stainless steel to provide a low-sheen surface effect that mirrors both the natural and electric lighting. This material also works well with the structural steel work, is durable and easy to clean.

Upstairs, we rebuilt the bathroom, centred around the feature of the Victorian fireplace and using a modern bath to marry old and new elements while recessed cabinets and a seamless, walk in shower completed the installation.

Before any of this could be achieved there were considerable structural elements to be addressed. Two lintels had failed and the rear elevation wall was sagging badly. The new steel work was vital to the structural integrity of the house; getting it in place took considerable skill and patience.

We specialise in projects with high design values and with structural challenges.

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