Category: Extensions & Conversions

06
May

A garden pergola provides inspiration for a new East London extension

Pergola Extension | Architects for Newham | East Ham, East London

The new rear garden pergola extension is perfectly orientated. The garden enjoys sunshine from the early morning sunrise through to the late evening as the Sun travels uninterrupted across the sky to the West. The extension will enhance and create a visual dialogue between the house, the garden and the sky beyond. A series of layers to the facade frame views and connectivity to the garden. An exposed roof structure extends into the garden to form a garden pergola providing a passive solar shading device to the interior.

12
Apr

A new addition to the garden vernacular

Garden Studio Extension | Architects for Oxford | Temple Cowley, Oxford

The new garden studio extension provides a considered design solution to a corner plot in Oxford. Initial feasibility studies have ruled out a conventional rear extension. Due to the site constraints, imposed by the irregular property demise, any rear extension would obstruct access into the rear garden or potentially be problematically located adjacent to the garden of the neighbouring property. The front-side garden offers a significant and viable alternative location for a new garden studio extension.

17
May

Two neighbours add a roof top extension to double the area of their maisonette.

Roof Top Extension  | Architects for Camden | Camden Square Conservation Area

The owners of the top floor flats to Cliff Road, together, aim to improve the quality of the existing housing stock. Each flat currently provides one bedroom accommodation. Both flats, as part of the planning submission, will carry out a full refurbishment as part of the works as each property requires modernisation. Both flats will be modestly reconfigured to improve the accommodation and improve the sanitary provision. A new roof extension is proposed to the existing flat roof terrace and provides new bright and airy living rooms to the new roof space.

19
Jan

Convert the undercroft to add a little rental income.

Undercroft Conversion | Architects for Wellington | New Zealand

Set on the hills of Khandallah, a lower ground floor undercroft provides a voided space to accommodate the exposed hillside. The volume is large enough to provide a one bedroom studio flat. Realising the potential of the under utilised space will provide rental income to a highly desirable neighbourhood in Wellington. With its own front door access it will provide an simple conversion to the colonial style house.

05
Jun

Picture framed views of Canonbury through a new Orangery.

Townhouse Orangery | Architect for Canonbury | North London

A fine Islington townhouse in Canonbury is being refurbished and enlarged by forresterarchitects. A new large kitchen is being extended on the first floor to form a largely glazed orangery. With unrestricted views to the rear. There is an opportunity to provide a large picture window arrangement. We are currently working on feasibility studies on the configuration of the glazed panels which will be arranged to respond to the rich variety of windows to the rear facade. 

03
Nov

An inside-outside garden extension.

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.

01
Jul

A 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.

07
Apr

Not the only way to do a dormer conversion…

Dormer Conversion | Architects 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.

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 | Architects 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.