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- Begun: Nov 2010
- Completed: May 2011
- Floor area: 45m2
- Sector: House
- Total cost: £205,000
- Tender date: Sep 2010
- Procurement: JCT 2005 Minor Works with CDP
- Address: Shrubland Road, Hackney, London, E8 4NN, United Kingdom
Alterations to a Victorian house to create a space for modern family life, orientated towards the garden with a timber-clad study above for private reflection
The existing modern rear extension was not sympathetic to the modest refinement of the original house and was mostly demolished; the foundations and lower walls were retained as a base for the timber-clad volume that contains the study. The cladding is a purpose-designed ship-lapped section in Douglas Fir; the purpose-made windows and doors are also Douglas Fir, and are carefully aligned to frame views of the surrounding trees.
The lower ground floor was opened up to create a large family kitchen and dining space, and the garden was excavated to form a stepped courtyard. The kitchen extension has a large glass skylight, which is framed by the existing structures, the study and the balcony that spans between them.
The kitchen and built-in plywood furniture were designed by AAB architects and constructed by the main contractor. A walk-in larder provides additional storage space.