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11
Aug

A blue steel truss mezzanine transforms a cottage refurbishment

Blue Steel Mezzanine  | Architecture for Camden | Highgate, North West London

A small cottage in our client’s garden was under utilised but held great potential; that potential has now been realised. A new blue steel mezzanine has been inserted to run the length of the cottage to provide a significant increase in usable floor area. The cottage interior has enlivened to provide a simple but bold stand alone accommodation for the in-laws. When the cottage is not being used by guests it retains the flexibility to provide a study area for the client’s daughters. Or in the evening it can be used as a party venue following dinner parties or where everyone can watch a film. To assist in the flexibility of space clever joinery will be incorporated to conceal the beds when not in use.

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 need to be extended to provide an appropriate level of accommodation for entertaining. A key need 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 a new bathroom, dressing room and study 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. 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.

27
Jan

A series of staggered volumes capture light and sky

Staggered Extension | Architect for Walthamstow | East London

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.

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. 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 gardenThe 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.

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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. 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.

08
Oct

A new build house near Hampstead Village

New Build House | Architect for North West London | Forrester Architects

We’re looking into a new build house solution for a current client. There is already a house on the plot but it is considered by Camden Planning of no architectural merit. It will be demolished. In its place a new open plan house of approximately 3000sq/ft. Near to Hampstead Village, the house will be set within the local conservation area. Our client is keen to avoid over developing the site and the house will not be overbearing scale and massing. The street facade will present a masonry frontage to complement the traditional context. To the rear, the garden is South facing and a sustainable energy strategy will be adopted to make the most of its perfect aspect.

09
Sep

Ground source heat from an English country garden.

English Country House | Architects for South Bucks | Forrester Architects

We’re working on a new build seven bedroom English country house for a young family in South Buckinghamshire. The client has adopted a renewable energy strategy for the house, swimming pool and car garageTo the rear ground source heating, solar PV and solar thermal provision are integrated into the house design and garden. It is traditional in every detail but modern in outlook.

 

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 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.

 

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 futureSet within remote farmland it will provide ground source heat as the most cost effective solution for a self-sufficiencyThe 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 originalThe 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.

13
May

Avoid the conventional and there is no Downside!

House Refurbishment  | Architecture for Camden | Belsize Park, North West London

The fine semi-detached Villa’s of Belsize Park, North London are close built houses. Separated by only the small side passages between the houses. Only the neighbouring houses form a boundary to the gardens, which are long, wide and mature in foliage. This is the setting for our latest full house refurbishment. The client wanted the house to feel better connected to the garden.
 
An accordion arrangement is explored as a concept for the extension. A series of angled facets have been used to establish a notional hierarchy to the kitchen. Expressed as solid and void walls the facets provide a level of transparency and privacy between the house and gardenThe staggered configuration of the extension creates framed views of the garden and a unique architectural solution. For an extension it avoids the uninspired full width house extension. The shift in geometry allows the extension to reveal a series of layered materials to reach out and touch the garden. All contained beneath the asymmetrical roof form. The roof is formed in timber and painted with a special Swedish preservative paint treatment. It produces a beautiful matt red finish. The roof projects beyond the building edge to provide a simple solar shading device to south facing aspect of the extension.
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 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.

16
Mar

A secret cottage in the garden

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

It’s rare you find a cottage in your garden but my clients have 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 have a certain amount of flexibility to provide a study area for the client’s daughters and their friends. In the evening it will be used as a party venue following dinner parties or where they can watch a film. The provision of a sliding partition wall will allow the cottage to be subdivided into dedicated areas to provide privacy. 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 extra bedroom spaceTo assist in the flexibility of space clever joinery will be incorporated to conceal the bed 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 rooflineKeen 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 as exposed timber rafters. It 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.
 
A new wood-burning stove provides a focal point to the living room. A new library wall which hangs from the timber rafters occupies one side of the living room. In the evening the lighting is subtle and 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 has been relocated between the new living room and the dining roomThe 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 bold and is complimented by the addition of a modern 1950’s furniture and light fittings. The dining room is now 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. 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 areasThe 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.

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 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.

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

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. 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 roof construction of slate tile. Instead, a single 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 a better connection between the lounge to the rear and the dining room. The dining room is now 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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04
Dec

Early sketches for interlocking houses on a Brownfield site in North London

New-Build Houses| Architect for Hackney | Stoke Newington, North London

Our Harcombe house extension in Stoke Newington has been Built on a landlocked brownfield site in North London. The four interlocking house is simple brick constructions with oversized windows. The upper floors are spacious double-height living rooms with plenty of daylight and framed views of the local environment. Each of the open plan kitchens has direct access to a private external terrace, which is located between each house.

27
Nov

In through the outdoor

School Library | Architect for Hackney | Clissold Road, Stoke Newington

As part of the design feasibility proposals for the improvement of Betty Layward school. The next issue is external circulation. The morning drop is made difficult as the school is accessed between two townhouses. The width is restricted to all the parents and children bottlenecking at this entrance each morning. Alternative strategies are being implemented. large loop around the perimeter of the school has provided some relief. It does involve entering the school through the car park and exiting through the front gate. The circular route does alleviate that feeling of swimming against the tide of parents as you try to leave the school.

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 involved to re-establish the library. The children can enjoy and focus on reading on paper and not on screen.
 
The works are being 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 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. 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.

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 in a fine Art Deco building in Balham. The existing configuration was fine but many 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. It provides a double height living space with natural daylight throughout the day.

 

31
Jul

A new courtyard Orangery to a Kensington & Chelsea townhouse.

New Courtyard Orangery | Architect for Kensington & Chelsea | West London

forresterarchitects are working with Callender Howorth on a new Orangery to a large Kensington & Chelsea townhouse. An existing courtyard space separates the main house from the mews house to the rear. The courtyard is under utilised and the client would like to use the space more throughout the year.
 
An Orangery unites each wing of the house. It provides a central gathering space for dining which remains an important part of the client’s daily routine. A number differing geometries are to be resolved due to differing scales between the main house and mewsOur initial proposal provides an undulating organic roof form to encapsulate the exterior courtyard. It provides a bright luxurious internalised garden space. The dining room will be relocated to form the main gathering point with an informal lounge space nestled under the mezzanine. An artist’s studio is added to the mezzanine terrace. and retain a visual connection with the main space and will be linked by a spiral stair to the lounge below. The undulating form of the canopy allows for the existing window configuration to be retained. A portion of the glazed roof-light will be openable to allow for natural ventilation throughout the Orangery.

 

12
Jun

A new plot for three new-build houses.

Three New-Build Houses | Architect for London | North West London

forresterarchitects are preparing a feasibility study for three new-build houses to a brownfield plot of land in North West London. The result of residual land to the rear gardens of the suburban terraced house. The land will be accessed from the single access road circulating the local garden green. Three innovative house designs will make the proposition viable for the property developer.

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. 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

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.
 
The new extension will replace the original kitchen extension which was not sized for a large semi-detached six bedroom houseA series of angled facets provide a form which is explored and developed further to define an original form for the new kitchen extension. The facets provide a notional subdivision of the kitchen. The preparation, washing and breakfast areas aim to respond to its sensitive garden setting. The inclined form rises to the garden to provide a natural shading device.
 
The entire house has been refurbished to include the remodelling of the master bedroom and bathroom. The other bedrooms each with ensuite bathrooms are being refurbished with a simple palette of natural materials.
10
Mar

A double height basement extension to the Clapham Conservation Area.

Basement Extension | Architects for Clapham | forrester architects.

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

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 sized bedrooms to the lower ground floorThe proposal offers a modern architectural solution which respects and contributes to the immediate context. The rear extension provides a simple form of accommodation drawing from the traditional brickwork fabric to the rear. With an increased floor plate ancillary space was provided without compromising the existing floor plan further.
 
A simple hierarchy of spaces is defined by the arrangement of open plan living spaces and more private bedrooms on the lower ground floor. The maisonette is entered from the existing communal entrance at raised ground level. It aims to provide extra space beyond the current floor plan to overcome the restrictions of the lower and raised ground floorAccess will remain to the rear garden terrace from each of the new bedrooms providing daylight and natural ventilation.
 
The existing facade will be refurbished as part of the refurbishment respecting the style and detailing 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. The new Head Teacher is going to change this and has asked a few parents to re-establish the library so the children can enjoy and focus on reading. Sant Design Studio together with forresterarchitects is 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 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 accessible to all ages. When needed the bookshelves can be moved aside to allow a large seating area focussed on the whiteboardThe aim is to provide a library that reflects the school ethos_to inspire, develop and nurture every child to have the confidence to learn.

 

10
Dec

A childhood retreat is to be rebuilt as a legacy for the family in Nice, France.

New Build House | Architects for Les Issambres | Nice, France

forresterarchitects are working with London based interior designer Callender Howorth on a new build house in Les Issambres, Nice, France. The new house is set in the landscape due to the rolling terrain and the changes in level across the site are dramatic. A series of interlinked pavilions are proposed and are cut into the natural fall in the landscapeThe cuts in the landscape provide routes around the house and provide natural terraced areas for sitting, eating and relaxing. The garden landscapes beyond the terraces provide a dialogue between the inside and outside of the house.
 
The land on which the house sits is long established, well located and desirable. It has been in the family for over thirty years and the house and the land could be sold in its current undeveloped state. The house in its current state is close to a state of disrepair and will be demolished. In its current state to patch and repair the house will be problematic. Only the lower ground floor capable of being retained without falling down during the refurbishment works.
 
In essence, a more cost effective route would be to demolish the house and rebuild. This will result in a larger new-build house. With improved construction, it will offer an investment for the younger generations.
 
Current property sales state that a 5 bed Villa property in the location are on the market listed in the region of £3m.  Forrester architects have designed a house to suit the family’s requirements. and provide holiday accommodation for the whole family.
 
When the house is not required it can be offered to the rental market. Currently, a 5 bed Villa will provide a rental income of circa 5000 euros per week.
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 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.

05
Sep

A new garden studio for fashionable Notting Hill.

Garden Studio | Architects for Kensington & Chelsea | West London

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 environmentThe 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.

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 a replacement screen within the foyer. The screen configuration will remain as the current screen, with large double doors that open onto the Lobby from the Church Meeting Room.
 
The newly designed foyer screen improves visibility between the Meeting Room and the Entrance Foyer. It establishes connectivity to the Chapel. Given the historical setting, the proposed screen has been designed to be a sympathetic addition. Being both carefully proportioned and made from high-quality materials. The oak frames and polished- brass detailing enhance the visual and architectural character of the 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 more difficult in historic buildings but not impossible for sensitive interventions. Previous improvements have been installed in Grove Chapel’s desire to reduce heat losses and increase the energy efficiency of the building. Yet 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 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.

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

The second penthouse in a prestigious development, 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 adapted to suit 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 some issues were problematic and need to be resolved. A feature wall provides a central focus for the flat. The wall can be circumnavigated 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 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.

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. They require a new vibrant London headquarters. The refurbishment of an existing building requires re-planning to deal with their expanding business. Two new floors of private residential accommodation will be provided to add significant extra 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.
 
The house is 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 is 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 need 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 courtyard garden which enjoys a bright south facing aspectA 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 to take advantage of the fine views 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. The small lounge is improved by a double height lounge space with the structural rafters of the roof exposed. The timber rafters compliment a new feature staircase which rises within the double height space. A bespoke timber screen offers varying levels of privacy between the bedroom and lounge.

03
Jan

A new-build Passive house (Passivhaus) in the Norfolk Broads.

New-Build House | Architects for Broads Authority | Stalham, Norfolk

A new build house in Stalham Staithe, Norfolk Broads has been designed to Passive House (Passivhaus) principles by London based studio forresterarchitects.

The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is Britain’s largest protected wetland and third largest inland waterway, with the status of a national park it is a particularly sensitive location to new-build developments. The local environment, with light industrial and agricultural uses, is dominated by the large expanse of water, the Barton Broads. Interspersed between the watercourses are rich and varied collections of buildings, which nestle together in the flat typography. There are attractive views in all directions. Contained within each view are the roofs of the buildings of the Broads, which act as dominant visual markers within the landscape, which aid orientation and establish a hierarchy of function to the built environment. The immediate environment is shared with a number of local red brick buildings.  The site is surrounded by a number of nineteenth century buildings, which contribute to the local character of Stalham Staithe. The Old Granary, the largest listed building within the area, is enhanced further by a number of traditional dwellings. To the North are a couple of modern detached bungalows. Beyond the Staithe Road, which skirts the perimeter of the site, are a number of residential buildings, which draw from traditional vernacular forms and materials, as expected within a conservation area.

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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. It offers a modern architectural solution, which respects and contributes to the character of the site and its immediate environmentThe new structure is 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 purpose-built development in the fashionable area in North London. As a bachelor, the client was able to indulge his needs with specific requirements to keep the place tidy. The flat layout was simple. The design employs 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 LondonWith 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 the internal hierarchy of a late Victorian house. 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.

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 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.

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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. 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.

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.

01
May

A design feasibility for a new-build Passive House (Passivhaus) in the Norfolk Broads.

New-Build Passive House (Passivhaus)|Architect for Broads Authority|Stalham, Norfolk

forresterarchitects have secured full planning approval for a new build house on the Norfolk Broads. The house will be designed to Passive House (Passivhaus) standards.

The Passive House (Passivhaus) concept aims to dramatically reduce the requirements for space heating and cooling whilst also creating excellent indoor comfort levels. The focus of the Passive House (Passivhaus) is to dramatically reduce the requirement for space heating and cooling, whilst also creating excellent indoor comfort levels.

This is primarily achieved by adopting a fabric first approach to the design, specifying high levels of insulation to the thermal envelope with exceptional levels of air tightness and the use of whole house mechanical ventilation. The heating requirement in a Passive House (Passivhaus) building is reduced to the point where a traditional heating system is no longer considered essential. Cooling is also minimised by the same principles and through the use of shading. Night purging and the use of natural cross-ventilation through open windows is encouraged during the summer months

 The new house will be inspired by the light industrial forms which predominate the local surrounding area. The roof forms explored and developed further to provide a modern architectural solution which draws references from these vernacular forms and materials and how they are positioned in the landscape. The accommodation brief is expressed in an informal arrangement of ‘sheds’. The ‘sheds’ in their juxtaposition aim to contribute positively to the local character of the area and the wider environment.

The new build house is almost perfectly orientated benefiting from a South facing facade. To maximise further from the early morning sunshine the house will be orientated a further 10 degrees to the East.

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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 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.

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 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.

01
Nov

A cool loft in fashionable North London features in House & Garden.

London Listed Architect | Architecture for London | forrester architects

forresterarchitects have designed a cool minimalist interior loft conversion which has just been published in the definitive guide to stylish living, House & Garden. It’s not your typical dormer solution. An extra floor was added to a Victorian mid-terraced house but an inspired client required ‘their’ space to be defined at the top of the house. Leaving the chaos of the school day behind. The loft provides panoramic views of the city. The roof topped only by a large glass oval roof-light overhead which slides open to reveal a sparkling moonlit sky.

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 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.

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 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.

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 a commercial property in Hammersmith, West LondonA 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 compliments a new frameless glass entrance which improves transparency to the street whilst maintaining key security considerations for the entire building.

01
Jan

A Gambrel and Peg roof is the key feature to a Grade II cottage refurbishment in West Mersea.

Grade II Listed Cottage & Conservation Refurbishment with New-Build Extension | Architects for Colchester | West Mersea

forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility for the refurbishment of a Grade II listed cottage in West Mersea, Colchester.  The C17/18 Gambrel and Peg tile roof with v-section wooden eaves trough on wooden brackets are listed as key features. As part of the design brief, the cottage is to be returned to its original condition. Inspired by the simple forms and materials of the local boat sheds. A modern architectural solution draws from the vernacular and in turn respects its immediate environment. The design proposal provides a new dining area and kitchen with extra bedroom accommodation when the clients have guests. The new additions are orientated north/south to enhance and create a visual dialogue between the defined garden spaces.

18
Oct

A stonemason’s new garden studio added under Permitted Development in Stoke Newington.

Permitted Development | Architects for Hackney | Stoke Newington, North London

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.

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 modernisationThe apartment is currently configured as a one-bedroom apartment with a 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 is comprised of a fine stucco facade with vertical sliding shutters concealed within the window cills are keys listed features. The accommodation provided is modest and the client needs to expand. The proposal aims to provide a modern glass rear extension which will engage with the garden but 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 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.

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 bedroomAdditionally, the second bedroom will be sized to provide a new bedroom to the rear with direct access to the terrace.

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 are introduced to the living and kitchen rooms. The south-facing light to flood into the living room and artist’s studio. The bathrooms are modernised and fine joinery wardrobes are added to the bedrooms. A new kitchen layout involved the incorporation of the larder which increased the 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 for the shop required an increase in office workstations. To cope with the international pace of growth an upgrade to the power and data infrastructure is essential. More recently a first-floor gallery space has been added to launch the forthcoming fashion delights.

01
Mar

Four new build houses realise the full potential of an inner city brownfield site.

New Build Houses | Architecture for Hackney | Stoke Newington, North London

forresterarchitects have completed four new build houses in Stoke Newington, North London. Four innovative interlocking townhouses form the perimeter boundary to a centralised courtyard development. The site is a tight urban brown field site. Traditional construction techniques are used to compliment a palette modern materials to achieve highly insulated construction values.
 
The site was tight and the context varied dramatically to each side of the site. The new-build development offers a unique and positive contribution to the urban environment. Each house type offers an unconventional layout due to the site constraints.
 
The exterior of the four interlocking house are simple brick constructions. The upper floors are spacious double-height living rooms with plenty of daylight and framed views of the local environment. Each of the open plan kitchens has direct access to a private external terrace, which is located between each house. Bespoke Italian kitchens provide a focus for open plan living. A spiral staircase leads to a mezzanine gallery level, which overlooks the main living space.
 
All bedroom accommodation is located on the ground floor. Each bedroom is provided with modest courtyards, which provide each room with their own outside space. Each bedroom has a full tiled private bathroom or shower-room complete with sleek, modern fittings.
 
The courtyard provides car parking for each resident and is expressed as a simple white band of render to each block.

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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 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.

16
Jan

A new-build infill development in Clapham.

Infill Development | Architects for Lambeth | Clapham, South West London

forresterarchitects have submitted a planning application for a new build infill house in Clapham, South London. As an unremarkable bookend property, there is an opportunity to provide a new two-storey infill development. The pressure to build houses in London has resulted in the search for more obscure plots of land with potential to be developed. The infill development offers the client the opportunity to take advantage of residual or inefficient land use.
 
The infill house development is arranged with the living accommodation on the upper floors. The bedrooms are located on the ground floor which provides an unconventional house arrangement. The upper floor rooms benefit from a double height lounge which provides a bright and airy room with a fine south facing aspect. The ground floor provides two double bedrooms with a ground floor accessible WC. For a new house development, current planning policy has strict requirements for adequate garden space. As with any tight infill urban plot amenity space is provided in the form of a terraced garden which is accessed from the lounge space to the rear.
01
Nov

A sliding glass roof is added to a Victorian terrace in Stoke Newington.

Sliding Glass Roof Conversion | Architects for Hackney | Stoke Newington, North London

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.

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 involve significant remodelling to the rear of the house to provide a reconfigured galley kitchen and dining area. A series of folding-sliding doors form a centralised courtyard which provides easy access to the landscaped garden beyond. A new garden to the front and a rendered facade provide a freshly 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. 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 LondonThe 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 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.

14
Aug

A new build Penthouse development in Crouch End.

New Build Penthouse | Architects for Haringey | Crouch End, North London

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.

01
Jul

A modern new build house in the Hampstead Conservation Area.

New Build Development | Architects for Hampstead | Hampstead Conservation Area, North West London

forresterarchitects have been working in collaboration with another architect have secured planning permission for a new build house in the heart of Hampstead, North West London.
 
The work involves the demolition of the existing house 1930’s chauffeur’s house. It will be replaced by a new build house of uncompromising modernity. The house provides a large open plan floor plate to the ground floor which overlooks the well maintained landscaped garden. A key design feature of the double height lounge space is a 6m high library. A new art gallery forms part of the principal circulation route through the house. This allows guests to view the art work as they walk through the house. The processional stair is held between the bedrooms to one side and the gallery to the other.
 
Each bedroom is located on the front or the rear of the house and keep primary views overlooking the gardens. The house will incorporate a number of sustainable strategies including solar thermal panels, air-borne heat recovery and rainwater harvesting.
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 some 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.