Category: Refurbishment

07
Apr

A new double height art gallery to a house refurbishment in Hampstead

House Refurbishment | Architect for Belsize Park | Camden, North London

A new gallery space forms part of the brief to a new full house refurbishment in Belsize Park, London. The house is tired but retains some interesting period features to the wall frieze and ceilings. It does however need to be extended to provide an appropriate level of accommodation for entertaining. A key requirement of the brief is to provide an art gallery for the client and it seems a double height space to the rear of the house is well suited. The rear elevation aims to reconnect the house with the garden and provide a unique architectural solution.

To the top of the house the windows are under-sized and the bedroom spaces seem a secondary consideration. We aim to open the roof space to provide a modern loft style environment to provide a more enlivened environment for the children. The master bedroom will occupy the first floor in its entirety with new bathroom, dressing room and study provided with great views over the city of London.

17
Feb

A new orangery provides a fine townhouse extension

Townhouse Orangery | Architect for Canonbury | North London

A fine Islington townhouse is being refurbished and enlarged. Currently, the raised ground floor entrance is detached from the main body of the house and re-establishes a new hierarchy for the house, which will reengage the lower floors. The main requirement is a new larger kitchen, which will be extended on the first floor to form an orangery extension. The additional 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 and the orangery will express themselves externally as a series dual pitched roofs providing considered massing to the rear of the house and avoid an overbearing boxy development to the rear.

27
Jan

A series of staggered volumes capture light and sky

Staggered Extension | Architect for Walthamstow | East London

My client’s love their little terraced house 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 however cuts off light and view of the garden to the house with the kitchen and dining room 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 adjacent to the bedrooms and a loft dormer is added for guests with its very own ensuite.

07
Dec

Our Conservation area house refurbishment features in Don’t Move, Improve! 2017

Don’t Move Improve | Architect for Belsize Park | Camden, North London

A series of angled facets reconnects with the garden to provides a unique architectural solution and avoids the uninspired full width house extension. 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 have been used to establish a notional hierarchy to the ground floor plan to provide a level of transparency between the house, garden and retain a certain level of privacy. The kitchen enjoys a longer, wider footprint with a frameless window puncturing the wall to provide views across the neighbouring gardens. Exposed timber joists incorporate low energy strip lighting across the kitchen.

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03
Nov

An Inside Outside Garden

Garden Room | Architects for South London | Forrester Architects

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 to the rear of their semi-detached house in South London. 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.

12
Aug

A view from our new loft space in South London

New Loft Office | Architecture for South London | Bermondsey

We’ve moved into a new loft style penthouse office in Bermondsey. With all sorts of exciting opportunities to look forward to we are sharing our space and working on a several projects with our friends and colleagues 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 overall it’s a very considered redevelopment.

 

01
Jul

Peek over the parapet

Infill Parapet Extension | Architecture for Tufnell Park | Islington

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.

25
Jun

A Grange in Yorkshire with a sustainable future

Sustainable Grange | Architecture for Leyburn | Yorkshire Dales

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 the land will provide ground source heat as the most cost effective solution for self-sufficency. 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 independently from the house.

07
Apr

Not the only way to do a dormer conversion…

Dormer Conversion | Architecture for Essex | Hornchurch, Romford

forresterarchitects are nearing the end of the complete rebuilding of a semi-detached house in Hornchurch, Essex. An alternative design approach to a new dormer conversion complete with 6m extension and house refurbishment in the heart of Essex. Internally, 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  substantially 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 which provides an open plan arrangement throughout the ground floor.

16
Mar

A secret cottage in the garden

Cottage Refurbishment  | Architecture for Camden | Highgate, North West London

It’s not often you find a cottage in your garden but my client’s have just that on purchasing their house in Highgate. That said it has remained under utilised over the years. It is now time for some upgrading and the cottage is to be enlivened to provide stand alone accommodation for the in-laws. When not used by guests it will retain a certain amount of flexibility to provide a study area for the client’s daughters and their friends to come by and do school work together. In the evening it will be used as a party venue following dinner parties or simply where they can watch a film. The provision of a sliding partition wall internally will allow the cottage to be subdivided into dedicated areas to provide privacy when necessary. The mezzanine will be orientated to run the length of the cottage. It will remain as a visual connection to the ground floor and provide a dedicated study area with additional bedroom space. To assist in the flexibility of the space clever joinery will be incorporated to conceal the beds discreetly when not in use.

02
Mar

Our ‘butterfly’ roof is featured in Dezeen

Save The London Roof | Architecture for Hackney | Stoke Newington, Hackney

The London roof is fast disappearing! As people don’t move and improve their homes, converting the roof space no longer protects the distinct parapet roofline. Keen to avoid the mundane lean-to extension, the new rear extension is a modern interpretation of the traditional London Roof form.

Hot off the press! We’re featured in Dezeen.

The roof provides an enlivened architectural language to the rear gardens of this mid-terraced house in North London. The ‘butterfly’ roof is expressed internally as exposed timber rafters and provides a dynamic architectural feature and natural warmth to the living room. The original ceiling height was too low for a living room so it was necessary to excavate to create a more generous room volume. The new living floor level has been reduced to provide a ceiling height more in keeping with the rest of the house and has created a stepped relationship with kitchen and the garden beyond.

A new wood-burning stove provides a focal point to the living room with a library wall, which hangs from the timber rafters above to occupy one side of the living room. In the evening the lighting is subtle and discreetly located with indirect spotlights and avoids the need for pendant lights hanging in the room.

As part of the refurbishment works the entire ground floor has been reconfigured. The kitchen has moved from the back of the house and is relocated between the new living room and the dining room to provide an open plan link between rooms. The kitchen avoids high-level cupboards with two long counters providing an extensive work surfaces area to each side. The dining room has moved to the bay fronted room overlooking the street. The dining room retains many of the traditional decorative features expected of a Victorian terrace house. The colour scheme is however bolder and is complimented by the addition of a modern 1950’s furniture and light fittings. The dining room is now perfectly orientated for breakfast with the sun rising from the East. To the West a large hexagonal glass window frames views of the small garden for the setting sun in the evening.

Photography by Adam Scott

02
Feb

No kitchen extension is just an island.

Kitchen Extension | Architect for Camden | Belsize Park, North West London

A new outrigger extension is required to replace the original kitchen extension which was not appropriately sized for a large semi-detached six bedroom house. 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 and aim 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 and drops to the rear against the neighbouring adjacent extension.

02
Jan

Double-height maisonette in the Dartmouth Park Conservation Area

Double-Height Maisonette | Architecture for Camden | Dartmouth Park Road, North West London

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 additional bedrooms are relocated to the rear of the property other bedrooms. The new generously proportioned maisonette with better connectivity with  the garden feels more like a new house.

10
Dec

Our nonconformist house extension is shortlisted for Don’t Move, Improve! 2016

Don’t Move Improve | Architect for Hackney | Stoke Newington, North London

Our Harcombe house extension in Stoke Newington has been shortlisted by New London Architecture for a Don’t Move Improve 2016 award.

A modern interpretation of the London Roof it provides a modern and unique language for the rear of the mid terraced house. Internally the roof structure is expressed as exposed timber rafter with a plywood ceiling which adds a simple but natural warmth to the interior. The roof construction avoids the traditional cold roof construction of slate tile; instead a single ply polymeric roof membrane is used to provide a well insulated lightweight warm roof construction.

As part of the reconfiguration works the kitchen has moved into the middle of the house floor plan. A new open plan galley kitchen provides  connection between the lounge to the rear and the dining room which has now moved to the front bay windowed room. The dining room is now perfectly orientated for the early morning sun-rise to the East and ideal for breakfast. A large hexagonal glass window frames views of the small urban garden from the living room to the West.

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09
Oct

Books are flying off the shelves at Betty Layward’s new school library.

School Library | Architect for Hackney | forrester architects

The books are flying off the shelves at Betty Layward’s new school library. The library opened its doors today and the ribbon was cut by author and illustrator Jane Ray.  A school has reclaimed space from the IT room. If you thought a school was built around the library then things have changed since you were at school. Throughout the development the parents were fully involved to reestablish the library so the children can enjoy and focus on reading on paper and not just on screen.

The works were be carried out over the summer and completed for the new term. In keeping with the rapidly changing times there will be a mixture of paper and electronic media to keep up with evolving technologies. Bespoke furniture has been arranged to create three informal reading zones with easy access to the book shelving. The bookshelves are made to be accessible to all ages and heights and when needed by a full classroom the bookshelves can be moved aside to allow a large seating area focussed on the whiteboard.

The aim is to provide a library that reflects the school ethos_to inspire, develop and nurture every child to have the confidence to learn.

02
Oct

A country house refurbishment in Cambridge.

Country House | Architect for Cambridge | Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire

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. Traditional materials will be enhanced and complimented to provide a modern environment for a growing family. A new roof conversion will provide a sizeable additional floor to the main house and provide dedicated accommodation for the au pair.

04
Sep

A new lease of life for a fine Art Deco mansion block flat.

Art Deco Refurbishment| Architect for Wandsworth | Balham, South West London

forresterarchitects have submitted a remodelling proposal for a mansion block refurbishment in a fine Art Deco building in Balham. The existing configuration was fine but a number of issues were problematic and need to be resolved. A new kitchen layout and reconfigured bathrooms were a priority for the client.

28
Aug

Asymmetrically arranged windows overlook a mews house courtyard garden in Belsize Park.

Mews House | Architect for Camden | Belsize Park, North West London

A long established ivy meanders across the garden courtyard and provides a wonderful secret garden to the rear of a mews house. The lounge windows are juxtaposed asymmetrically to the rear facade overlooking the garden. Enlarged and arranged to take advantage of the fine views to the south-facing aspect overlooking Primrose Hill provide a double height living space with natural daylight throughout the day.

 

20
May

A double height rear extension to the De Beaviour Conservation Area.

Lower Ground Refurbishment & Extension | Architects for Hackney | De Beaviour Conservation Area, North London

forresterarchitects have submitted a householder planning application for a fine Victorian terraced house in the De Beaviour Conservation Area. As a newly purchased house the upper floors are generously proportioned and bright. The lower ground floor partly due to its North facing aspect is a little gloomy. The client’s requirement is for a brighter fully equipped kitchen and bedroom connecting more directly to the garden. A new glazed rear extension is proposed and 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. Key to the proposed configuration is the retention of an existing roof terrace which will continue to be used for afternoon gatherings and evening drinks. The house is currently configured as a three bedroom private dwelling. The proposal as well as reconfiguring the internal layout provides a fourth bedroom for guests with an additional wet-room shower room provided.

24
Apr

A layered extension opens into the garden in the Parkhill & Upper Park Conservation Area.

Rear Extension | Architect for Belsize Park | Parkhill Conservation Area, North West London

forresterarchitects are preparing the contract documentation for a layered rear extension and full house refurbishment in Belsize Park. A considered and alternative design solution to the rear garden extension it avoids the conventional and offers a striking addition to the mature gardens of North West London.

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10
Mar

A double height basement extension to the Clapham Conservation Area.

Basement Extension | Architects for Clapham | forrester architects.

Forrester architects are working with interior designer Callender Howorth on a full house refurbishment in Clapham, South London. Significant remodelling will be carried out and a new basement floor will be added to form a new double height rear extension which 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

04
Feb

A new maisonette to the Kensington Conservation Area.

Maisonette | Architects for Kensington & Chelsea | forrester architects

forresterarchitects have submitted a full planning application for a new maisonette extension in Campden Hill Gardens. A modest two storey extension is to provide a new kitchen to the raised ground floor and appropriately sized bedrooms to the lower ground floor. The proposal offers a modern architectural solution which respects and contributes positively to the character of the rear facades and its immediate context. The rear extension provides a simple form of accommodation drawing from the traditional brickwork fabric to the rear. With the provision of an increased floor plate additional ancillary space can be provided without compromising the existing floor plan further.

A simple hierarchy of internal spaces is defined by the arrangement of open plan living spaces and more private bedrooms on the lower ground floor. The maisonette will be entered from the existing communal entrance at raised ground level and aims to provide additional space beyond the current floor plan to overcome the restrictions of the lower and raised ground floors as it is currently configured. Access will remain to the rear garden terrace from each of the new bedrooms providing daylight and natural ventilation.

The existing front facade will be refurbished as part of the refurbishment strategy respecting the style and detailing expected of the original period property.

26
Jan

Absent_The School Library!

School Library | Architects for Hackney | forrester architects

A school in Hackney has lost its library to the IT room. If you thought a school was built around the library then things have changed since you were at school. Thankfully the new Head Teacher is going to change this and has asked a few parents to reestablish the library so the children can enjoy and focus on reading. Sant Design Studio together with forresterarchitects are pleased to be helping.

A design feasibility proposal has been approved and the library works will be carried out over the Easter half-term. With only the four walls of the classroom remaining we’re starting from first principles. In keeping with the rapidly changing times there will be a mixture of paper and electronic media to keep up with evolving technologies. Bespoke furniture will be arranged to create three informal reading zones with easy access to the book shelving. The bookshelves are made to be accessible to all ages and heights and when needed by a full classroom the library the bookshelves can be moved aside to allow a large seating area focussed on the whiteboard. The aim is to provide a library that reflects the school ethos_to inspire, develop and nurture every child to have the confidence to learn.

 

08
Nov

A non-conformist London roof returns to Stoke Newington.

Rear Extension and House Refurbishment | Architects for Hackney | Stoke Newington, North London

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 with rear extension 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. Internally 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 the traditional cold roof construction of slate tile and rafter and instead uses a single ply polymeric roof membrane to provide a lightweight well insulated warm roof construction. 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 floor plan  with an new open plan galley kitchen providing a connection between the lounge to the rear extension and the dining room which has moved to the front bay windowed room.  The dining room is now perfectly orientated for the early morning sun-rise to the East and perfect for breakfast. Other works to the house involved the conversion of the original roof space to provide a traditional loft conversion which adds a new floor of accommodation for guests. A wet-room shower room which has been located cleverly on the top floor landing to avoid losing any bedroom space allows the top floor a certain degree of self-sufficency. The house was originally 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 hardwired CAT 5 data connectivity which has reduced the reliance on a poor wi-fi signal quality through thick Victorian walls.

01
Aug

Listed Building Consent for a Grade II Church in Denmark Hill.

Listed Building Consent | Architects for Southwark | Denmark Hill, South East London

forresterarchitects have recently submitted Listed Building Consent for the interior refurbishment of a Grade II Chapel. The project proposes the installation of an replacement screen within the existing interior of the Chapel entrance foyer. The proposed screen configuration will remain as the current screen, with large double doors that open onto the Lobby from the Church Meeting Room.

The new, sympathetically designed, foyer screen improves visibility between the Meeting Room and the Entrance Foyer and establishes a welcoming connectivity to the Chapel. Given the historic setting within Chapel, the proposed screen has been designed to be a sympathetic addition, being both carefully proportioned and made from high-quality materials. The design will comprise of oak frames and polished- brass detailing to ensure that the lobby would enhance the visual and architectural character of the existing vestibule.

Significantly the proposal has been designed to have a minimal impact on the existing fabric of the building. Sustainability has been considered as part of the submission. It is clearly more difficult in historic buildings but it is possible for sensitive interventions such as that proposed screen to make incremental and significant improvements to the overall building fabric. Previous Improvements have been installed in Grove Chapel’s desire to reduce heat losses and increase the energy efficiency of the building, while retaining a welcoming appearance to visitors of the Chapel.

04
Jul

A double height volume to a maisonette refurbishment in the Dartmouth Park Conservation Area.

Maisonette Reconfigured | Architects for Camden | North West London

A desirable maisonette which forms part of an imposing end of terrace Victorian residence 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 forrester architects 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.

16
Jun

A duplex refurbishment to a second penthouse in St Johns Wood.

Duplex Penthouse Refurbishment | Architects for Westminster | St John’s Wood, North West London

A second penthouse in a prestigious duplex refurbishment, located in St. John’s Wood, North West London has been completed by forresterarchitects. The same client, as the previous penthouse refurbishment, has purchased a second apartment as an investment property. It too required a fresh approach to enliven this luxury penthouse apartment which is configured as a duplex apartment. A simple muted palette is adopted to suit to the client’s taste. As with the previous refurbishment an open plan configuration is retained. In Starck contrast to the opulence of the previous Rococo interior a sleek modern approach provides vitality to this desirable apartment.

04
May

An new feature wall to an Art Deco flat.

 Art Deco Flat Refurbishment | Architects for Wandsworth | Balham, South West London

forresterarchitects have remodelled a third floor flat in a fine Art Deco flat to a fine mansion block in Balham. The existing configuration was fine but a number of issues were problematic and need to be resolved. A feature wall provides a central focus for the flat which  you can circumnavigate to access a new kitchen layout and reconfigured bathrooms which were a priority for the client.

29
Apr

A simpler solution for a rear extension on Ladbroke Grove in the Oxford Conservation Area.

Rear Extension | Architects for Kensington & Chelsea | Oxford Conservation Area, West London

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 elsewhere would be considered under Permitted Development Rights. The rear extension will provide a large open plan kitchen with full width sliding doors providing increased connectivity to the rear terraced garden. 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.

18
Mar

Buying a Victorian workshop for your office? Add two floors of apartments to fund the mixed-use redevelopment.

Mixed-Use | Architects for Islington | Clerkenwell, East Central London

forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility study for a mixed-use development for a media company requiring new vibrant centrally located London headquarters. The refurbishment of an existing building requires re-planning to deal with their rapidly expanding business. Two new floors of private residential accommodation will be provided to add significant additional income in the funding of the development.

14
Feb

A double height lounge added to a mews house refurbishment in the Eton Conservation Area.

Mews House Refurbishment | Architects for Camden | Belsize Park, North West London

forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility study for a mews house refurbishment in the Eton Conservation Area, Belsize Park in North West London.

Currently configured as an unremarkable two bedroom house it is dated and has not been refurbished since it was originally built in the 1970’s. The bedrooms are long and badly proportioned. The window are mean and internally the natural daylighting is poor.

Each mews house was originally configured with an integral garage space next to the front door. Over time the planning department has allowed the removal of the garage space. All the other mews houses have over time converted their garage into a bedroom or lounge space to improve the layout of the house. The courtyard to the front of the Mews is now everyone’s preferred car parking space. This was our client’s initial requirement but there were other opportunities

The house is arranged over three floors. The kitchen as originally intended will remain on the ground floor. A small under stair WC will be removed to create an open floor plan layout between the new bedroom and kitchen. The kitchen will be re-planned to engage more directly with the small courthyard garden which enjoys a bright south facing aspect. A long established ivy covers the garden courtyard and provides a wonderful secret garden to the rear of the house. The lounge windows overlooking the garden are to be enlarged and arranged to take advantage of the fine views to the south-facing aspect overlooking Primrose Hill.

The upper floors accommodate a lounge and the other two bedrooms. As part of the refurbishment each bedroom is re-planned with an ensuite with specialist wardrobe and storage joinery and provides warmth and character to each floor. The relatively small lounge is dramatically improved by a double height lounge space with the structural rafters of the roof exposed. In addition the timber rafters are complimented by a new feature staircase which rises within the double height lounge to provide access to each bedroom. Bespoke timber screen offer varying levels of privacy between the bedroom and lounge.

01
Dec

A new garden studio in the Belsize Park Conservation Area.

Garden Studio Extension | Architects for Camden | Belsize Park, North West London

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 form and offers a modern architectural solution, which respects and contributes positively to the character of the site and its immediate environment. The new structure is perfectly orientated north/south to enhance and create a visual dialogue between the studio and the garden beyond.

18
Nov

A new extension to a house in the Barnsbury Conservation Area.

Refurbishment & Extension | Architects for Islington | Barnsbury Conservation Area, North London

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.

21
Oct

Stay tidy. A bachelor pad with extensive bespoke storage solutions.

House Refurbishment | Architects for Camden | Primrose Hill, North West London

forresterarchitects have provided a design feasibility study for the house refurbishment of a duplex apartment in Primrose Hill.  The duplex flat is part of a modern privately owned purpose-built development in the fashionable area in North London. As a bachelor the client was able to indulged his needs with specific requirements to keep the place tidy. The flat layout was simple. The design proposal employs extensive bespoke storage solutions to create living wall solutions to maximise on space. Sliding doors avoid taking up valuable space but also allow for an open plan feel when left in the open.

01
Sep

A design feasibility study for a twin townhouse in the Bloomsbury Conservation Area.

Twin Townhouse Refurbishment | London Borough of Camden | Bloomsbury, West Central London

forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility for twin townhouse refurbishments off Oxford Street in Central London. With the development of a more modern family life, in whatever form this may take,  house layouts are no longer realising their full potential. The works aim to re-establish an internal hierarchy typically of a late Victorian house with floor plan layouts returned to their original function. Formal receptions rooms will be retained on the ground and first floor with bedrooms on the upper floors. The kitchen and dining rooms will be retained on the lower ground floor. Both properties will be rewired with new plumbing throughout to provide an efficient heating and hot water systems to service the house.

17
Aug

A house refurbishment with new basement floor in Stoke Newington.

House Refurbishment with Basement | Architecture for Hackney | Stoke Newington, North London

A large Victorian house in Stoke Newington, North London has not been refurbished since it 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. In addition a low engineered basement was added to the existing home and was accepted as a viable solution to the client’s storage and utility requirements without compromising the enlargement of the kitchen. A projecting window seat was a key feature to the rear extension design proposal. In addition a fully glazed roof-light  provided a bright modern kitchen overlooking a modest garden. A guest shower-room located on the top floor landing provided a simple design solution without compromising the top bedrooms. A simple monochromatic palette was adopted throughout with fixtures and fittings providing flashes of colour.  A muted palette provided the most suitable background for the clients extensive art collection.

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01
Jul

Not the only way…a house refurbishment in Essex.

House Refurbishment and Rear Extension | Architects for Havering | Hornchurch, Essex

forresterarchitects are nearing the end of the complete rebuilding of a semi-detached house in Hornchurch, Essex. Internally, 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  substantially. New double glazed units have replaced all single glazed window. Wall insulation has been added to the exterior facade to keep the heat internally. 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.

18
Jun

An open plan ground floor to a house in Finsbury Park.

Open Plan Ground Floor | Architects for Islington | Finsbury Park, North London

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.

10
Apr

A new London roof to a house refurbishment in the Brackenbury Village.

House Refurbishment and Rear Extension | Architects for Hammersmith & Fulham | Brackenbury Village, West London

forresterarchitects have provided full architectural services for a full house refurbishment in the Bradmore Conservation Area in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. A fine Victorian three bedroom terrace house in the Brackenbury Village 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 to the requirements of each of the children. Externally a dynamic rear extension introduces a London roof form to provide a modern kitchen and dining room with an invigorated visual dialogue with the garden terrace to the rear.

01
Dec

Do you own land in a difficult location? It doesn’t mean you can’t get planning permission for the house of your dreams.

Planning Appeal | Architects for Hackney | Stoke Newington, North London

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 additional 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.

18
Mar

A garden pavilion has been approved to a detached house in Highgate, North London.

Garden Pavilion | Architects for Camden | Highgate Conservation Area, North West London

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 however accommodation for visiting family was problematic. A self-contained garden pavilion solved that. Conceived as a sleek modern pavilion the proposal provides two double bedroom with en suite bathrooms. With direct access to the garden and the house provides flexibility and allows the occupants a certain degree of privacy.

16
Mar

We are listed in the international design magazine House & Garden exclusively for the London area.

House & Garden Feature | Architects for London | Forrester Architects

forresterarchitects are listed in the international design and decoration magazine House & Garden exclusively as architects in the London area. The design masterclass 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 to the attention of this definitive guide to stylish living.

16
Feb

Increase the rental value of your commercial office refurbishment with one simple move. Add a door!

Office Refurbishment | Architects for Hammersmith & Fulham | West London

forresterarchitects have completed the office refurbishment of an commercial property in Hammersmith, West London. A dedicated entrance has been inserted into the East wing of the newly acquired commercial office building. The new reception foyer to the commercial office floor plate has significantly increased its potential rental value for the client. Add to that a highly visible street frontage presents a new profile for its new occupants, a growing interactive media company. A minimalist language compliment a new frameless glass entrance which improves transparency to the street whilst maintaining key security considerations for the entire building.

16
Sep

An investment property refurbishment in the Cornwall Conservation Area.

Investment Property | Architects for Kensington & Chelsea | Cornwall Conservation Area, West London

forresterarchitects are involved in the refurbishment of an apartment in a large garden square townhouse in West London. The proposal aims to reconfigure the internal layout which is in a poor condition and in need of modernisation. The apartment is currently configured as a one-bedroom apartment with one bathroom providing sanitary provision. The layout is configured as a modern one-bedroom apartment. The kitchen will remain open plan in layout to the living-room space and new sanitary provision will consist of one large bathroom. The property will provide a substantial rental income for the client.

01
Sep

A Victorian piano factory is going future proof in its new office fit-out.

Commercial Office Fit-Out | Architects for Camden | Camden Town, North West London

forresterarchitects have completed a commercial office fit out involving the upgrade and reconfiguration of a media analysts headquarters in Camden Town. Originally a Victorian piano factory the building infrastructure was dated and at full capacity. An exercise in office space planning with dedicated furniture and workstations increased the occupancy capacity of the office space by a further 30%. The improvements to power and data supply ensured productivity was at its best for the future and that power would remain on without fail. Essential for a business entirely reliant on the internet for its information.

16
Aug

A Grade II property isn’t untouchable. Add a glass box in the Jeffrey’s Street Conservation Area.

Grade II Remodelling | London Borough of Camden | Jeffrey’s Street Conservation Area, North West London

forresterarchitects are working on a Grade II remodelling to an end of terrace house in Camden Town, North London. A fine example of Edwardian architecture comprising a fine stucco facade and vertical sliding shutters concealed within the window cills are keys listed features. The accommodation provided is however modest and the client needs to expand. The proposal aims to provide a modern glass rear extension which will engage with the garden yet remain concealed behind the perimeter garden wall. The only sign of intervention will be the profiled edge of the horizontal roof beyond.

01
Dec

Dining intervention to a Townhouse Refurbishment garden square in the Kennington Conservation Area.

Townhouse Refurbishment & Extension | Architects of Lambeth | Kennington Conservation Area, South East London

forresterarchitects have completed the refurbishment and extension to a quaint garden squared mid-terraced townhouse refurbishment, in Kennington, South London. It is a generously 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 as well as enlarging the kitchen provides the house with increased connectivity between the raised ground floor kitchen, dining room and the lower ground floor lounge room to the main body of the house.

23
Jul

A long overdue refurbishment complete with new basement floor is added to a Villa in the Mercers Conservation Area.

Conservation Refurbishment | London Borough of Islington | Mercers Conservation Area, North London

One of our commercial client’s has retained our services for the full internal and external conservation refurbishment of their fine Victorian villa in Tufnell Park, North London. The brief was to conserve and enhance the original period features of the house. This involved the reinstatement of lost decorative features and decorating with paints from a Victorian palette to compliment the character of the house.

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01
Jun

A lower ground conversion flat with an under utilised terrace in the Hampstead Conservation Area. Bring it in from the cold.

Lower Ground Conversion | Architects for Hampstead | Hampstead Conservation Area, North West London

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 appropriately to provide a bedroom to the rear with direct access to the terrace and garden via sliding/folding double glazed units.

21
May

Yoo Hoo! A luxury refurbishment to an penthouse in St. John’s Wood.

Penthouse Refurbishment | Architects for Westminster | St John’s Wood, North West London

A prestigious residential development located in St. John’s Wood North West London requires a fresh approach to enliven this luxury penthouse apartment. A simple muted palette was more suited to the client’s tastes. A large open plan configuration is in Starck contrast to the opulence of the previous Rococo interior. A luxury refurbishment offers secret doors beyond the main living spaces conceal the other bedrooms each with its own private bathroom.

18
Apr

A mansion block refurbishment is reconfigured in the Bloomsbury Conservation Area.

Mansion Block Refurbishment | Architects for Camden | Bloomsbury Conservation Area, West Central London

forresterarchitects have completed the reconfiguration of a mansion block refurbishment in the Bloomsbury Conservation Area. The flat is large and wide with a lightwell central to bedrooms. The light levels to the flat even with a south facing aspect were inadequate. The reconfiguration of the flat involved making the flat feel more open plan. Large sliding doors were introduced to the living and kitchen rooms which allowed the south-facing light to flood into the living room and artist’s studio. The bathrooms were modernised and fine joinery wardrobes were added to the bedrooms. A new kitchen layout involved the incorporation of the larder which increased the overall area of the kitchen.

01
Apr

A little retail therapy for boutique retail refurbishment in Mayfair.

Retail Refurbishment | Architects for Westminster | Mayfair, West London

forresterarchitects have completed a retail refurbishment for a shoe designer’s Central London boutique shop. The brief required an increase in office workstations and an overall upgrade to the power and data infrastructure to cope with the international pace of growth. More recently a first floor gallery space has been provided for events and gatherings to launch the forthcoming fashion delights.

18
Feb

A glass Penthouse is added to a land-locked house in Tower Hamlets.

Glass Penthouse | Architects for Hackney | Bethnal Green, East London

forresterarchitects have completed a design feasibility study for a land-locked 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 which open up to frame views across the rooftops of the city.

01
Oct

Art decoration.

Galley Kitchen Refurbishment and Extension | Architects for Brent | Queens Park, North West London

forresterarchitects have completed a full house refurbishment to a striking art-deco house in North West London. The works involved significant remodelling to the rear of the house to provide a fully reconfigured galley kitchen and dining area. Folding-sliding doors form a centralised courtyard which  provides easy access to the landscaped garden beyond. A new garden to the front and a newly rendered facade provide a fresh invigorated  frontage to the street.

18
Sep

A striking diagonal extension cuts across a garden in West London and avoids a conventional rear extension.

House Refurbishment and Rear Diagonal Extension | Architects for Kensington & Chelsea | Oxford Conservation Area, West London

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 form which 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 overtime in the same manner as the roofs of the traditional architecture of London. Internally, the house has been refurbishment to include the remodelling of the master bathroom and bedrooms to the upper floor.

14
Sep

Three floor penthouse development in the Lexham Conservation Area.

Three Floor Penthouse Development | Architects for Kensington & Chelsea | Lexham Conservation Area, West London

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 addition floor which will be a highly desirable open plan lounge and dining area for entertaining. The lower floors are reconfigured to offer two bedrooms with en suite facilities with feature stair connecting all floors with a large oval roof-light to the roof.

01
Jun

Reconfiguration to a fine Art Deco mansion block in Balham.

Mansion Block Refurbishment | Architects for Wandsworth | Balham, South West London

forresterarchitects have submitted a remodelling proposal for a mansion block refurbishment in a fine Art Deco building in Balham. The existing configuration was fine but a number of issues were problematic and need to be resolved. A new kitchen layout and reconfigured bathrooms were a priority for the client.

01
Jun

A change of use for a former office block in Camden Town.

Change of Use|London Borough of Camden|Camden Town, North West London

forresterarchitects are involved in the refurbishment of a retail/commercial property in North West London. As a former commercial office a change of use was necessary to convert each floor into a series of two bedroom apartments. To the ground floor a new retail development provides a new commercial proposal to a main Camden High Street thoroughfare.