Category: Extensions & Conversions


No kitchen extension is just an island.

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

For a kitchen extension in Belsize Park, North West London, forresterarchitects have taken a unique approach to create a new form that respects its garden setting. Instead of a typical full-width extension, a series of angled facets have been explored to define the new kitchen space. The facets not only create an original form but also provide a subdivision of the kitchen into preparation, washing, and breakfast areas.

The aim of the design is to respond to and respect the sensitive garden setting in terms of material, language, form, and construction. The inclined form rises towards the garden to provide a natural shading device from the sun, while dropping to the rear against the adjacent extension. The new outrigger extension replaces the original kitchen extension and provides a fresh new look. The design explores a unique form that avoids the typical flat or full-width extension, which can sometimes appear uninspired. Instead, the facets create a sense of dynamism and visual interest. They also define the various functions of the kitchen, making it a highly functional space that responds to the needs of the occupants. forresterarchitects have carefully considered the materials and construction of the extension to ensure it is in keeping with the existing property and its garden setting. The design will respect and respond to the garden, creating a harmonious connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Overall, forresterarchitects have taken a thoughtful and creative approach to this kitchen extension in Belsize Park. By exploring a unique form, subdividing the kitchen, and carefully considering the materials and construction, they have created a space that is highly functional, visually interesting, and respectful of its setting.


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. A full architectural service was provided from inception through to contract administration and completion. 

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.



A new garden studio for fashionable Notting Hill.

Two Bed Studio | Architects for Kensington & Chelsea | West London

forresterarchitects has recently submitted a planning application for a new detached two-bed studio in Notting Hill, West London. The aim of the project is to provide extra studio accommodation within the rear garden, whilst respecting and contributing to the character of the site and its immediate environment.

The proposed concept design offers a modern architectural solution, with the new structure being orientated to capture the south-facing aspect to enhance the garden environment and create a visual dialogue between the studio and the garden beyond. The studio itself is designed to be detached from the main house, offering a sense of privacy and a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The design of the studio has been carefully considered to ensure that it is sympathetic to the existing architecture of the site, whilst also incorporating modern features and amenities. The building has been designed with a contemporary aesthetic, featuring clean lines and a minimalist design that is both functional and stylish. Large windows allow for ample natural light to flood into the space, creating a bright and airy atmosphere. Inside, the studio is designed to provide comfortable and functional living space for its inhabitants. The two-bed studio offers flexibility, with one bedroom being used as a guest room or office space. The open-plan living and kitchen area provides a spacious and inviting space for relaxation and entertaining, whilst also offering modern amenities and appliances.

Overall, the design of the two-bed studio reflects forresterarchitects commitment to creating modern and innovative architectural solutions that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The project demonstrates the studio’s ability to blend contemporary design with traditional architecture, whilst also taking into account the specific needs and requirements of their clients.


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

Maisonette Reconfigured | Architects for Camden | North West London

forresterarchitects has submitted a design feasibility report for the refurbishment of a desirable maisonette in Dartmouth Park, which forms part of an imposing end-of-terrace Victorian house in North West London. The property is bursting at the seams, and the client wants to reconfigure the internal layout without moving out.

The current configuration of the maisonette comprises two bedrooms with a south-facing aspect. However, the proposed plan aims to completely reconfigure the internal layout to realise the property’s full potential. The bedrooms will be relocated to the rear of the property, while the main living spaces will be moved to the rear. One of the key design features of the proposal is the creation of an open plan double height space that opens onto the rear garden. This design will bring in ample natural light and create a spacious, airy feel in the property. The new layout will allow the client to enjoy better use of space and make the most of the property’s potential. The property’s location in Dartmouth Park, North West London, makes it an ideal candidate for architectural projects. Forrester Architects’ design feasibility report demonstrates their commitment to creating modern living spaces while preserving the character of the building.

The proposed design aims to reconfigure the internal layout completely, with the creation of an open plan double height space that opens onto the rear garden as a key feature. The renovation is a perfect example of how modern living spaces can be created while preserving the character of a historic property in a desirable location.


An open plan ground floor to a house in Palmers Green.

Open Plan Ground Floor | Architects for Parsons Green

forresterarchitects have put forward a proposal for a planning application to build a new open plan extension at the back of a detached house in Palmers Green, North London. The new extension would create a big open plan space on the ground floor, perfect for a family room. To achieve this, they plan to remove some of the internal walls and reconfigure the entire ground floor.

The idea behind the project is to create a seamless flow between the different spaces on the ground floor, making it easier for the family to move around and interact with each other. By removing some of the internal walls, they can create a bigger and brighter space that feels more welcoming and spacious. This type of open plan ground floor layout is becoming increasingly popular in modern homes, as it allows families to spend more time together and makes entertaining guests easier. It’s a great way to create a more relaxed and informal atmosphere, as well as making the most of the available space.

forresterarchitects have experience in designing open plan spaces that are both functional and stylish. They understand how important it is to get the layout right and to ensure that the space is well-lit and comfortable to spend time in.


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 recently succeeded in overturning a decision by the local planning department to refuse a rear extension development in North London. The development was proposed for a unique warehouse conversion that required additional space to reach its full potential. The design proposed a modest extension that blended seamlessly with the existing Victorian warehouse property. However, the planning submission was deemed overbearing and inappropriate in its local context, resulting in the planning department’s refusal.

To proceed with the development, a planning appeal was lodged by forresterarchitects, which demonstrated how the development was in full compliance with current planning policy. Following an inspection by the Planning Inspectorate, the appeal was successful, and full planning permission was subsequently granted, much to the client’s delight. forresterarchitects have extensive experience with planning appeals, and their successful track record demonstrates their ability to navigate the often complex and challenging planning process. forresterarchitects worked closely with clients to ensure that their vision is realised while meeting planning requirements and regulations. This particular project showcases forresterarchitects ability to design extensions that blend seamlessly with existing properties while meeting planning requirements. By proposing a modest extension that harmoniously complemented the warehouse conversion’s character, the team demonstrated their commitment to preserving and enhancing the local built environment.

In summary, forresterarchitects success in this planning appeal highlights their expertise in navigating the planning process and their commitment to delivering high-quality design solutions that meet both client and regulatory requirements.


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 has recently completed the renovation of a lower ground floor flat in the Hampstead Conservation Area, located in North West London. The original property was a one bedroom private dwelling with access to a private garden, but the proposal aimed to create a two-bedroom private dwelling with an extended kitchen and improved sanitary accommodations.

To achieve this, the internal layout of the property was reconfigured to provide a larger kitchen extension with direct access to the terrace and garden through sliding/folding double glazed units. Additionally, the former kitchen space was reconfigured to create a new bedroom with direct access to the garden. The aim was to extend the property demise to provide more space for the improvements. Sanitary accommodations were also improved and increased to provide a larger bathroom and an en-suite to the master bedroom. With these changes, the property has been transformed into a modern and comfortable dwelling that meets the needs of contemporary living. The Hampstead Conservation Area is known for its architectural and historical significance, which makes it an ideal location for architectural projects.

The renovation of the lower ground floor flat in Hampstead, North West London has created a comfortable and modern two-bedroom private dwelling with an extended kitchen and improved sanitary accommodations. The renovation is a perfect example of how contemporary living spaces can be created while preserving the character of a historically significant area.



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 recently finished a contemporary roof conversion project for a mid-terrace Victorian house in Stoke Newington, North London. The family who own the house were in need of an additional bedroom and shower-room as their family continued to grow, and so they turned to forresterarchitects to help with the transformation.

The architects decided to extend the living space by creating a new master bedroom and shower-room in the roof-space, which required careful planning and attention to detail. They were able to create a stunning modern interior that is predominantly white in colour, with colourful accents that add a touch of personality and character to the space. One of the most striking features of the new roof conversion is the sliding oval roof-light, which allows natural light to flood the interior and animates the space throughout the day as the sun passes overhead. The roof-light also offers unrestricted views of the city, making it the perfect spot for stargazing late into the evening.

Overall, the project is a testament to forresterarchitects’ ability to balance contemporary design with the historic charm of a Victorian terrace house. The new roof conversion has added value to the property and provided the growing family with the extra space they needed, while also creating a beautiful and unique living space that they can enjoy for years to come.


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. Our Primrose Hill maisonette adds bespoke joinery to a bachelor pad with extensive bespoke storage solutions


A new build Penthouse development in Crouch End.

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

forresterarchitects have recently completed a feasibility study for a new penthouse refurbishment in Crouch End, North London. The current building has a flat roof that provides breathtaking views of the London skyline. The client requested a self-contained one-bedroom flat to be built on this underutilized rooftop space. To achieve this, forresterarchitects developed an organic form for a prefabricated pod that would sit atop the existing structure.

The exterior form of the pod informed the internal layout and furniture of the space. The pod features a series of exposed trusses, which provide structural support, and full-height frameless glazed units. This design allows natural light to flood into the space and provides the occupant with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding area. The use of prefabricated construction techniques is not only sustainable but also cost-effective and allows for a quicker construction process. By utilising this method, the construction time is reduced, and the amount of waste generated during the construction process is minimised. This project showcases forresterarchitects ability to maximize the potential of an existing building and create a unique and innovative living space in a desirable location. The penthouse design is not only functional and sustainable but also aesthetically pleasing. The use of the prefabricated pod has created a seamless transition between the existing building and the new addition.

The success of this project highlights forresterarchitects commitment to providing innovative and sustainable design solutions for their clients. The design team’s expertise in utilizing existing structures and incorporating sustainable strategies into their designs ensures that their clients receive high-quality, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible solutions to their architectural needs.