Renfrew Road conversion

Inglis Badrashi Loddo Architects, London, 2007


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Integrated bookshelf 

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  • Integrated bookshelf    
  • Integrated bookshelf    
  • Central stairwell    
  • Kitchen unit    
  • Dining space    
  • Bathroom    
  • View from rear garden    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Long section    
  • Before photo    

Sensitive conversion of the architects’ own 1960s ex-local authority terrace house

Replacement windows, a rear extension, and interior alterations all combine to create a modern family home flooded with natural light and colour.

At the top of the interior, a large new skylight illuminates a double-height wall of bookshelves sitting astride the stair, whose remodelled yellow balustrade traverses the entire height of the house. This top-lit stair uses this ribbon of colour and light to establish a warm vertical axis to the house, and provides borrowed light to the adjoining rooms.

Crisp new Velfac aluminium windows have replaced the unhappy uPVC originals, effecting a dramatic face-lift for the external facades, and setting an appropriate tone for the clean modernism of the interiors. An unsympathetic front porch has also been removed, making room for a new gate at the entrance.

At the heart of the house, a newly enlarged skylit kitchen/dining room unfolds over a series of level changes as it extends through full-width sliding doors out into the rear garden.


  • Completed: Sep 2007
  • Floor area: 100m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £80,000
  • Address: Renfrew Road, London, SE11 4NA, United Kingdom

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