Driffield Road

Architect Your Home, London, 2017


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Rear facade 

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  • Rear facade    
  • Rear sliding doors    
  • New kitchen diner 1    
  • New kitchen diner 2    
  • Existing living area    
  • Existing entrance    
  • New first floor extension    
  • New bedroom    
  • New bathroom 1    
  • New bathroom 2    
  • First floor plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Long section    
  • Rear elevation    
  • Roof plan    
  • Short section    
  • Detail drawing    

A highly sustainable, eco-friendly two storey rear extension to a Victorian terraced house situated within the Driffield Road Conservation area of Tower Hamlets.

Driffield Road is a Victorian terraced house situated within the Driffield Road Conservation area of Tower Hamlets. Architect Your Home has breathed new life into the property with the construction of a highly sustainable, eco-friendly two storey rear extension housing a new kitchen and dining area on the ground floor and a third bedroom and bathroom on the first floor.

Sliding doors in the new kitchen and dining area provide direct access into the garden. Further glazing in the roof of the new structure allows light to flood through the new open space into the existing living area of the house, which now has views of the garden through the kitchen. The extension is honestly expressed with a cross laminated timber frame that is left exposed on the ceiling of the kitchen area and around the new windows.

The warm timber interior continues to the first floor, where a new pine clad bedroom over-looks the garden below. The downstairs bathroom has been moved upstairs near to the three bedrooms, providing the family with a more comfortable and convenient living space.

Clad in sustainable Douglas Fir, the rear timber façade will weather over time to a beautiful shade of silver-grey providing a subtle natural look which will blend the building into its surroundings. Black framed aluminium glazing and zinc coping punctuates the façade, creating a contemporary feel with crisp detailing.

Architect Your Home has created a super insulated envelope using natural materials with low embodied energy. The whole extension has been clad in wood fibre board insulation - a breathable, natural material that works in harmony with the CLT structure. The sub floor is insulated with a recycled glass aggregate, further lowering the embodied energy of the construction and allowing both insulation and damp proofing to be provided by one material.


  • Begun: Aug 2016
  • Completed: Jun 2017
  • Floor area: 107m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £115,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Address: 3 Driffield Road, London, E3 5NE, United Kingdom

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