This three storey, semi-detached house had been untouched since its construction in the 1970s and was in desperate need of an update to turn it into a modern family home. Capitalising on a redundant ground floor garage, our design proposed a large, open plan ground floor with a kitchen extension opening onto the garden. The client wanted an ensuite bathroom for their master bedroom without compromising on space, so we proposed an innovative bathroom ‘pod’ on the side of the house to create a whole new room.
Situated in a Wandsworth conservation area, we had a challenge to prove that our design – specifically the bathroom pod – would be consistent with the surrounding buildings. The cladding on the ground floor exterior and the bathroom extension were chosen specifically to complement the materials used elsewhere on the building, whilst avoiding tacky imitations. We brought this project to planning fully prepared with plans to prove that the new bathroom would not obstruct light into the neighbours’ property and were successful in securing planning permission.
The repurposing of the ground floor enabled the creation of two new bedrooms on the first floor, and the master bedroom was enhanced by the addition of an ensuite bathroom and walk in wardrobe. In the kitchen extension, roof lights and LED striplights maximised the penetration of light into the space whilst fully glazed doors to the garden created a slick, contemporary look.