Significant extension and reconfiguration of a ground floor flat on a Victorian terrace. The homeowner client intended to develop the property for sale but subsequently decided to carry on living at the flat. The brief included an additional en-suite master bedroom and a kitchen / diner open to the garden. Planning restrictions included a 2.2m high limit on works at the side boundaries and physical restrictions included avoiding a first floor rear outrigger window that served the flat above.
Our response was to develop a scheme which pitched down to the side boundaries, but also pitched back down toward the first floor flat window thereby minimising any impact on views. Splitting the form of the extension into two parts, aligned with the existing outrigger flank wall and with one part subservient to the other, the resultant structure peaks at a point central within the plot and furthest away from the first floor window. This raised roof is glazed on two sides and faces south west, drawing evening sunlight deep into the floor plate. Internally the entrance corridor has been reconfigured to improve existing awkward circulation by creating a new breakout space near the front door for greeting guests and hanging coats. This space, which also incorporates utility and service cupboards, is fully glazed at one end facing a planted lightwell which further provides the flat with daylight and green views.