Tanners Hill

Dow Jones Architects, Depford, London, 2011


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Restoration and reconfiguration of a seventeenth century timber-frame house in Deptford into a home and gallery

On the ground floor the gallery reception area is placed at the front of the building, from where a front-to-back enfilade progresses through five spaces. From the gallery, a corridor between the chimney stack and stair leads to a small room alongside a glazed courtyard that allows light into the plan. A dining and sitting room that wraps around this courtyard connects the house to rear outbuildings that now contain the toplit kitchen.

Upstairs a bedroom, study and bathroom are placed on the first floor, and a bedroom, bathroom and open cupboard space in the garret. Salvaged timber was used for the repaired stairs and for much of the flooring.

The restoration exposes the elements of the historic structure that are intact, and uses lime plaster and timber joinery as a neutral background. The house is highly insulated by building an inner studwork frame within the existing timber structure. This allows the preservation of the whole and the revealing of the original fabric at opportune moments.


  • Begun: Feb 2011
  • Completed: Aug 2011
  • Floor area: 180m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £242,000
  • Procurement: JCT ICD Intermediate Building Contract with contractor’s design 2011
  • Address: 25 Tanners Hill, Depford, London, SE8 4PJ, United Kingdom

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