Category: Refurbishment

31
Oct

A pergola extension informed by the client’s style

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

An inclined exposed roof structure informs the interior and extends outside to form a garden pergola to the South-facing terrace. As well as providing a passive solar shading device to the interior the rafters create a wonderful shaded terrace overlooking the garden. A slight offset to the rafter lines informs the pergola orientation to shade the interior from the sun path, which align with the wide boarded engineered timber floorboards to provide a visually interesting interior.

The client’s character informs the interior with a distinctly retro style with a touch of the Scandinavian influence complimenting a way of living, pairing its minimalist form with affordability. Add to that distinctive mid-century modernist furniture provides simple lines and natural materials to offer natural warmth across the interior.

More details of the project here.

 

30
Sep

A open fire box provides a new hearth to a Southwark townhouse

Kitchen Rotisserie | Architect for Southwark | forrester architects

A Grade II Listed North London townhouse has received a full house refurbishment and interesting addition to the dining room by forresterarchitects. The traditional fire and hearth has been replaced with an open flame rotisserie to the dining room of a townhouse refurbishment in South East London.

An extensive refurbishment to the West Square Conservation Area townhouse has retained its original charm and character. Located to the lower ground floor, the kitchen and dining space needs to make the most of the limited daylight to the front and rear.

For many townhouses the existing kitchen is too small or inappropriately configured for modern living. Enhancing the new kitchen and dining space is the result of a considered material choice, making the most of reflected light and the addition of interesting features to contribute to an informal, and entertaining heart of the house.

More details of the project here.

17
Jul

An open kitchen garden with a view of the pond

Kitchen Garden Room | Architect for Archway | forrester architects

The usual full width rear extension has been avoided; there is no need a large voluminous extension. The client wanted to feel better connected to the garden. To the rear, long rear gardens provide more space to the garden so there was an opportunity to take advantage of the large areas of sky.

A balance between transparency and privacy and the house, garden and the neighbours has resulted in a unique architectural solution. Only a single pier from the existing rear outrigger wall construction remains. The existing bay window and French doors is removed to the rear. As a result, large framed unrestricted views of the garden pond and beyond are provided to the newly reconfigured ground floor plan.

More details of the project here.

20
Mar

A Surrey cottage is a perfect home from home

Period Cottage Refurbishment | Architect for Surrey | forrester architects

A period cottage previously divided into two has received an extensive refurbishment. The client was keen to retain traditional features and compliment the five bedrooms with upgraded bathrooms. Two back to back open fireplaces provide warmth and character to the main reception room with a new antique parquet floor connecting to the other family rooms. An open plan arrangement to the rear of the house connects the family and garden room to the large island kitchen layout.  To the roof, a new dormer conversion has added a master bedroom and ensuite which overlooks a large landscaped garden.

20
Feb

Large format hand made clay tile proposed for a North London rear extension.

Danish clay tile extension | Architects for Hackney | forrester architects

A rear extension to North London has been designed to respond directly to its immediate context. The new rear extension has been configured as one distinct volume and is expressed in a clay-tile cladding. The large format Danish clay tile, as a traditional hand made material, is contextually sympathetic to the palette of the materials to adjacent townhouse rear gardens. The roof form is configured to take advantage of the unrestricted southwest facing aspect. Under the roof, a double height volume allows the warm air to rise naturally to the highest point of the roof space and then circulate to maintain a consistent room temperature. To the rear of the garden and modest studio is provided as a home working space.

20
Jan

Green Oak barn extension added to a traditional Cotswolds cottage

Green Oak Barn Extension | Architects for Cotswolds | forrester architects

The Coach House is a detached stone house located within the Cotswolds AONB. There are a number of character features to this well proportioned building including a steep slated roof with two impressive Cotswold stone fireplaces, exposed stone walls, timber beams and stone window seats. The house is requires a full interiors refurbishment with a new extension to the rear of the house. Inspired by the light industrial and agricultural forms which predominate the local surrounding area, the roof form is  developed further to provide a simple architectural response. In keeping with the key principles of the proposed development, a sustainable drainage solution for surface water will be provided. A number of techniques generally based on natural drainage features to collect, treat, store and then release storm water slowly in to the environment.

 

30
Nov

Five floor Townhouse rental property investment in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Townhouse rental property investment | Architects for Kensington Chelsea | forrester architects

A fine London townhouse provides the setting for a five storey rental property investment. Each floor has received a full refurbishment with upgraded acoustic separation between dwellings. Each one bedroom flat is individually configured  to reflect the client’s brief and appeal to young professional couples. A duplex two bedroom penthouse and rear terrace occupies a new roof extension which is retained as a central London pied-à-terre.

29
Aug

Get ready for the boardwalk!

London Boutique | Architects for Mayfair | forrester architects

A light touch refresh to the interior of #RupertSanderson in Mayfair for a summer reopening. Get ready for the boardwalk!

18
Jan

Facade retention with full basement added to a house in Tottenham

Facade retention refurbishment with full basement | Architects for Tottenham | North London

A large semi-detached property close to the grounds of Tottenham Hotspur football stadium has been neglected for years. The dereliction is extensive and following extensive site investigations and opening up works only the front facade will be retained. The house will be rebuilt with an new basement floor added. The extent of works has resulted in a considered engineering strategy to provide a logical construction strategy without full demolition. Four flats in varying configurations will be provided for local professionals. The new building will be rebuilt in the same style as the existing property with a new outrigger extension over three floors added to the rear.

13
Oct

A double-storey extension is proposed to West Hampstead garden

Two Storey Garden Extension | Architects for Camden | West Hampstead, London

A two storey rear extension is proposed to a fine West Hampstead maisonette, to replace the inadequate existing extension. The new design will rationalise the hierarchy of the maisonette with living rooms to the raised ground floor and bedrooms to the lower ground floor. In planning terms, the 45 degree rule has been applied as a guide to determine an acceptable form for the new rear garden extension to prevent undue loss of daylight to neighbouring properties, to avoid excessive overshadowing of gardens, and preserve a reasonable standard of outlook.

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