St John's Road

New Town Studio, Epping, 2013


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Dusk view 

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  • Roof lantern    
  • Lantern at night    
  • Original house facade    
  • Glass screen to new extension    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
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  • Rear elevation    
  • Lantern detail    

Contemporary rear extension to a suburban Edwardian terraced house, creating a more energy efficient and flexible space containing a kitchen, living and entertaining area

The extension creates replaces a cramped and badly built extension, and contains a kitchen, informal dining area, and additional space for living, a piano and two dogs. Its contemporary design reads very differently from the original house, and stands out among more ordinary neighbouring extensions.

The open plan layout easily accommodates the multiple uses. The existing kitchen units have been recycled, refurbished and realigned. A central column houses a fireplace and TV, conceals pipes, flue and cables, and allowed all visible pipework to be removed from the rear of the house.

A full height glass screen below a lightwell replaces a redundant doorway, creating a dialogue between the traditionally styled original house and the new space. Opposite, bifold doors open fully onto the garden. A key feature is an asymmetrical bespoke lantern, made by local craftsmen, that brings in additional light during the day and is dramatically illuminated at night.


  • Begun: Jan 2013
  • Completed: Jun 2013
  • Floor area: 26m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £67,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Sep 2012
  • Procurement: Traditional
  • Address: St John's Road, Epping, CM16 5DW, United Kingdom

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