A fine Islington townhouse is being refurbished and enlarged. The raised ground floor entrance separate from the main body of the house. The main need is a new larger kitchen, which will be extended on the first floor to form an orangery extension. The extra space provided to the first floor will allow for a new dining room to be incorporated to the kitchen. To the top of the house, the roof is being converted to form two additional bedrooms and new shower room. A panoramic loft room will provide framed views overlooking the city. The orangery will be expressed as a series dual pitched roofs. The massing to the rear of the house is considered and avoids an overbearing boxy development to the rear.
My clients love their little-terraced house in Walthamstow but it’s dark. An existing extension is located to the back of the house and provides the house with its only bathroom. This bathroom but cuts off light and view of the garden. The kitchen and dining room are almost like rooms within rooms. Our first move is to knock down the extension and provide series of extruded volumes aim to capture light and views of the sky. The family bathroom is moved to the first floor next to the bedrooms. And a loft dormer is added for guests with its very own ensuite.
A series of angled facets reconnects with the garden to provides a unique architectural solution. As with most Victorian houses, the kitchen is too small. Only a modest kitchen sink window the offers a glimpse of the glorious gardens beyond. The client wanted the house to feel better connected to the garden. The extension is expressed as series of solid and void angled facets. They have been used to establish a notional hierarchy to provide a level of transparency between the house and garden. The kitchen enjoys a longer footprint with a frameless window to provide views across the neighbouring gardens. Exposed timber joists incorporate low energy strip lighting across the kitchen.
We’re bringing the garden in from the cold. Our client’s love of their long mature garden has resulted in an innovative garden room design proposal. The original London brickwork facade will undulate along its length to bring the garden into the new kitchen and dining room space. The undulating form provides glimpses of the garden in all directions along its length and results in a fine garden room.
We’ve moved into a new loft style penthouse office in Bermondsey. With all sorts of exciting opportunities to look forward to we share our space with interior designer Callender Howorth. The former tannery is going through an extensive but sensitive refurbishment. The exposed beam ceiling and timber floors remain, as do the steel framed windows but it’s a very considered redevelopment.
A new infill extension to a townhouse in Tufnell Park, Islington takes a sneaky peek over the parapet wall to catch the setting sun. The extension is set within a fine mature garden. The new kitchen has been relocated to frame views of the garden. To the West the sun setting is framed with a high level skylight which catches the warm setting sun.
A traditional Grange and barn in Yorkshire has been neglected for many years. The new owners are very excited by their find; an extensive refurbishment will be necessary. Its location and off grid status makes a sustainable heat strategy the most viable solution for the future. Set within remote farmland it will provide ground source heat as the most cost effective solution for a self-sufficiency. The house has some wonderful features with exposed timber beams, a stone tiled roof and half a metre thick solid walls all to be retained as original. The character of the house will be complimented by a full house refurbishment and insulating the property is a priority. The barn will be used by the boys as a bunk room and will function away from the house.
forresterarchitects are nearing the end of the complete rebuilding of a semi-detached house in Hornchurch, Essex. An alternative design to a new dormer conversion complete with 6m extension and house refurbishment in the heart of Essex. The house has been planned around a new stairwell which has been repositioned to serve a new floor added to the top of the house. Every room has been reconfigured and the floor plan is now much more efficient. The energy efficiency of the house has been improved with new double glazed units replacing all single glazed windows. At 6m deep, a larger than normal extension has also been granted planning permission to the rear and provides an open plan arrangement.
A new outrigger extension is required to replace the original kitchen extension. A new form is explored to avoid the typical full-width extension. A series of angled facets is explored and developed further to define an original form for the new kitchen extension. The facets provide a notional subdivision of the kitchen and define the preparation, washing and breakfast areas. The aim is to respond to and respect its sensitive garden setting in terms of material, language, form and construction. The inclined form rises to the garden to provide a natural shading device from the sun. It drops to the rear against the neighbouring adjacent extension.
Currently configured as a two bedroom with a fine South facing aspect. The internal layout to a Dartmouth Park maisonette is to completely reconfigured. The main living rooms are moved to the rear with the creation of an open plan double-height space which opens onto the rear garden. Two extra bedrooms are relocated to the rear of the property other bedrooms. The new maisonette with better connectivity with the garden now feels more like a new house.
We are working with Callender Howorth on a fine country house and outbuildings in Great Shelford, Cambridge. A series of interconnected buildings are to be enlivened with a contemporary refurbishment. The traditional materials will be enhanced and complemented to provide a modern environment. A new roof conversion will provide a sizeable extra floor to the main house and provide dedicated accommodation for the au pair.
forresterarchitects have submitted a householder planning application for a fine Victorian terraced house in the De Beaviour Conservation Area. The newly purchased house the upper floors are proportioned and bright. The lower ground floor partly due to its North facing aspect is a little gloomy. The client’s need is for a brighter equipped kitchen and bedroom connecting more to the garden. A new glazed rear extension is proposed. It provides framed views of the garden from the kitchen and stairwell corridor resulting in a bright day-lit environment. A double height glazed roof-light space is proposed to the dining area and aims to provide as much natural light as possible to the back of the house. The key to the proposed configuration is the retention of an existing roof terrace. It will continue to be used for afternoon gatherings and evening drinks. The house is currently configured as a three bedroom private dwelling. The proposal provides a fourth bedroom for guests with an extra wet-room shower room provided
forresterarchitects are working with interior designer Callender Howorth on a full house refurbishment in Clapham, South London. The house has had significant remodelling will be carried out and a new basement floor will have been added. A new double height rear extension to the rear will allow direct access to the rear garden. A new loft studio is provided to the top floor and the existing garage will be reconfigured to provide a discreet side entrance
forresterarchitects have completed a full house refurbishment to a fine Victorian terraced house in Stoke Newington. The house had not been decorated for many years and a refurbishment was well overdue. A new non-conformist rear extension was proposed. A modern interpretation of the London Roof provides the extension with a unique language for the house. The roof structure is expressed as exposed timber joist with a plywood ceiling which adds a simple but natural warmth to the interior. The roof construction avoids a traditional cold roof construction of slate tile and rafter. Instead a single ply polymeric roof membrane provides a lightweight well-insulated alternative. A large hexagonal glass window frames views of the small urban garden from the living room. As part of the reconfiguration works the kitchen has been moved into the middle of the house. A new open plan galley kitchen provides a connection between the lounge and the dining room which has moved to the front bay windowed room. The dining room is now orientated for the early morning sun-rise to the East and perfect for breakfast. Other works to the house involve the conversion of the original roof space to provide a traditional loft conversion. This adds a new floor of accommodation for guests. A wet-room shower room has been located on the top floor landing to avoid losing any bedroom space. The house was configured as a three bedroom house now provides five bedrooms. As part of the refurbishments works the entire house has been rewired with new plumbing throughout. Each room has been provided with hard-wired CAT 5 data connectivity.
forresterarchitects have submitted a planning application for a new detached garden studio to a house in Notting Hill. The concept design offers a modern architectural solution to provide extra studio accommodation within the rear garden which respects and contributes to the character of the site and its immediate environment. The new structure is orientated to capture the south facing aspect to enhance the garden environment and create a visual dialogue between the studio and the garden beyond.
A desirable maisonette which forms part of an imposing end of terrace Victorian house in Dartmouth Park is bursting at the seams. The client doesn’t want to move and a maisonette refurbishment offers great potential. A design feasibility report has been submitted by forresterarchitects to realise the full potential. Currently configured as a two bedroom with a South facing aspect the internal layout is completely reconfigured. The bedrooms are relocated to the rear of the property with the main living spaces moved to the rear. A key design feature is the creation of an open plan double height space which opens onto the rear garden.
forresterarchitects have completed design feasibility for a property in Ladbroke Grove. The client is a close neighbour to one of our early refurbishment and rear extension projects, Barlby. The client, who’s father is a retired architect, new exactly what was wanted. A sleek clean simple rear extension is a subtle and considered alternative solution to the typical rear garden extension. Within the Oxford Conservation Area planning permission is required even though the proposal would be considered Permitted Development. The rear extension will provide a large open plan kitchen with full-width sliding doors. Working from home a dedicated silversmiths studio is also provided. A glazed roof-light runs the entire length of the side infill extension and provides natural daylight deep into the main body of the house.
forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility for a discreet pergola-inspired garden structure to a house in the Belsize Conservation Area. The design proposal expresses the requirements of the brief within an accordion structure. The concept is an exploration of the traditional garden pergola. It offers a modern architectural solution, which respects and contributes to the character of the site and its immediate environment. The new structure is orientated north/south to enhance and create a visual dialogue between the studio and the garden beyond.
forresterarchitects have secured planning approval for the addition of a rear garden extension and roof dormer to a modern house in Islington. Located within the Barnsbury Conservation Area the purpose-built houses tend not to be added to. A modest design proposal has been approved to provide a large open plan ground floor with a large bedroom to the roof. The extension is clad in copper and compliments the red brick and tile of the wider environment.
A large Victorian house in Stoke Newington, North London has not been refurbished since its purchase by the clients, ten years previous. During this period the house suffered from student occupation and was tired. The upper floors were bowed and only one bathroom served a four bedroom house. A full house refurbishment was proposed with the requirement of a full-width rear extension. A low engineered basement was added to the existing home as a viable solution to the client’s storage and utility requirements. A projecting window seat was a key feature to the rear extension design proposal. A fully glazed roof-light provided a bright modern kitchen overlooking a modest garden. A guest shower-room to the top floor landing provided a simple design solution without compromising the top bedrooms. A muted palette provided the most suitable background for the client’s extensive art collection.
forresterarchitects are nearing the end of the complete rebuilding of a semi-detached house in Hornchurch, Essex. The house has been planned around a new stairwell which has been repositioned to serve a new floor added to the top of the house. The energy efficiency of the house has been improved. New double glazed units have replaced all single glazed window. Wall insulation has been added to the exterior facade to keep the heat. Every room has been reconfigured and the floor plan is now much more efficient. A larger than normal extension has also been added to the rear which provides an open plan arrangement throughout the ground floor.
forresterarchitects have submitted a planning application for a new open plan rear extension to a detached house in Finsbury Park. Internally the entire ground floor is reconfigured and internal walls were removed to provide a large open plan family room.
forresterarchitects have provided a full architectural service for a house refurbishment in the Bradmore Conservation Area in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. A fine Victorian terraced house in the Brackenbury Village. It has been reconfigured to provide four bedrooms. A key design feature of the house is a large boudoir with open plan access to a private bathroom. The other bedrooms have been enhanced with fine bespoke joinery. A dynamic rear extension introduces the London roof to provide a modern kitchen and dining room.
forresterarchitects have successfully overturned a decision by London Borough of Hackney Planning Department to refuse the development of a rear extension in North London. A unique warehouse conversion required extra accommodation to realise its full potential. A modest extension was added in keeping with existing property formerly a Victorian warehouse. The planning submission was deemed to be overbearing and inappropriate in its local context. A planning appeal was lodged illustrating how the development was considered to be in full accordance with current planning policy. Following an inspection by the Planning Inspectorate full planning permission to proceed with the development was subsequently granted much to my client’s delight.
forresterarchitects have secured planning approval for a garden pavilion to the rear garden of a detached house in Highgate, North London. The ground floor flat was shared by two professionals yet accommodation for visiting family was problematic. A self-contained garden pavilion solved that. Conceived as a sleek modern pavilion the proposal provides two double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. With direct access to the garden and the house provides flexibility and allows the occupants a certain degree of privacy.
forresterarchitects are listed in the international design and decoration magazine House & Garden exclusively as architects in the London area. The design master class directory provides an interactive source of all the information you will need to renovate or build your own home. A number of high-profile projects by the practice across Central London have brought our work to the attention of this definitive guide to stylish living.
forresterarchitects have completed a garden studio for a former client in Stoke Newington. A bright and airy stonemason’s studio is added to the garden as a sculpted form with one carved feature stone wall. In the evenings it doubles as terrace for catching for the late evening sun and a gin and tonic. The studio was secured under permitted development rights.
forresterarchitects have completed the refurbishment and extension to a quaint garden squared mid-terraced townhouse refurbishment, in Kennington, South London. It is a proportioned house in all living and bedrooms but suffered from an unremarkable galley kitchen. The client required a bright and airy modern kitchen and a frameless glazed roof-light extension was proposed. The full-width extension provides increased connectivity between the raised ground floor kitchen, dining room and the lower ground floor lounge room.
forresterarchitects have completed the refurbishment to a lower ground floor flat in Hampstead, North West London. It is a currently a one bedroom private dwelling with sole use of garden. The proposal aims to reconfigure the internal layout to provide a two-bedroom private dwelling. The property demise will be extended to provide a larger kitchen extension. To the rear with direct access to the terrace and garden via sliding/folding double glazed units. Sanitary accommodation will be improved and increased to provide a larger bathroom and an en-suite to the master bedroom. Additionally, the second bedroom will be sized to provide a new bedroom to the rear with direct access to the terrace.
forresterarchitects have completed a design feasibility study for a landlocked house in Hackney. Surrounded on all sides by other properties the only opportunity for expansion was to go up. A new master bedroom and en suite bathroom is proposed. Enclosed in a glass penthouse structure the modesty of the occupants is protected by a series of sliding translucent panels.
forresterarchitects have completed a new modern roof conversion to a mid-terrace Victorian house in Stoke Newington, London. The house has been extended into the roof-space to provide an extra master bedroom and shower-room for a growing family. A cool white interior is complimented with flashes of colour and views across the city. As the sun passes over head the sliding oval roof-light animates the interior space throughout the day and offers unrestricted bedtime stargazing in the late evening.
forresterarchitects have completed an alternative solution for the rear garden extension. A tired glass conservatory has been replaced with a dynamic new rear diagonal extension. It sweeps across the garden of a mid-terraced house in Ladbroke Grove, West London. A natural copper cladding is used to provide a modern vibrant solution to extend the property. The copper cladding will over time oxidise and change from orange to green as the roofs of the traditional architecture of London. The house has been refurbishment to include the remodelling of the master bathroom and bedrooms to the upper floor.
forresterarchitects have submitted a planning application for a new penthouse floor to a flat in the Lexham Conservation Area, London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Currently configured as a two bedroom the design proposal provides an additional floor. A desirable open plan lounge and dining area for entertaining are added to the top. The lower floors are reconfigured to offer two bedrooms with en suite facilities. A feature stair connecting all floors provides access to a large oval roof-light to the roof.
forresterarchitects have completed a design feasibility study for a penthouse development in Crouch End, North London. An unremarkable building has an enviable vantage point with fantastic views across London from its empty flat roof. The brief required a self-contained one bedroom flat to occupy the under utilised roof space. An organic form was developed for a prefabricated pod which would be placed on the roof. The exterior form informed the internal layout and the furniture. A series of exposed trusses provide the structural support with full height frameless glazed units.