Burnt House

Hayhurst and Co., London, 2016


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Single-storey rear extension transforming a basement flat into a light-filled family home.

Set amongst the mature rear gardens of the Maida Vale Conservation Area, this small, single-storey rear extension transforms a basement flat into a light-filled family home that opens out onto its rear garden.

The concept for the design was to create a timber clad ‘outdoor’ room that embeds itself within the rich sylvan character of the garden: an intervention that softens the threshold between the mature external planting of the outside spaces and the traditional character of the Victorian rooms inside.

The extension provides a new kitchen and dining space. The ceiling to the new space pitches up towards the steep slope of the banked garden; tilting up to maximise the view and draw as much natural light in. The large rear window makes the garden appear as a wall of plants from inside the home and provides an ever-changing seasonal view.

The extension includes a pergola structured canopy that continues the pitch of the internal ceiling and provides a partially covered, private terrace that feels as if it continues the internal spaces. The cladding of the extension is larch: part charred, part white oil finished to provide a contrasting series of linings to the extension and increases the reflection of natural light within the home. The use of timber in this way is seen as a sustainable finish that unobtrusively sets the new extension within its landscape and provides a contemporary reference to the traditional conservatory.


  • Completed: Jun 2016
  • Floor area: 136m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £155,000
  • Funding: -
  • Procurement: -
  • CO2 Emissions: -kg/m2/year
  • Address: 14 Hall Road, Maida Vale, London, NW8 9RB, United Kingdom

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