An extension without an extension

A_ZERO architects, London , 2014


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Extension to a private house

The project brief was to reconfigure and extend an under-used bathroom at the rear of a Victorian house, as in many typical extension projects in London.

Without compromising the garden size, the architect designed a new kitchen and turned the existing space into a garden-facing, light-filled kitchen and dining area.

The addition of a pop-out structure - containing a skylight, an integrated bench, and a glazed opening - provides a focal point that is child-friendly.

The structure is clad in iroko, a durable timber that complements the existing brickwork and is re-applied in the garden as planters and seating.

By saving money on foundations, the architect was able keep within the tight budget while completely transforming the way the house and garden is used, making it feel twice as big when, in fact, it is exactly the same size as before.


  • Begun: Jun 2014
  • Completed: Oct 2014
  • Floor area: 21m2
  • Total cost: £51,000
  • Tender date: May 2014
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works Building Contract 2011
  • Address: 126 Bellenden Road, London , SE15 4RF, United Kingdom

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