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05
Jul

Add an artist’s studio as ancillary accommodation to your garden flat.

Ancillary Garden Studio | Architects for Camden | Camden Square Conservation Area

A modest rear extension needs some consideration due to its wonderful south facing aspect. During the best of weather the existing extension is unbearable and over exposed . A considered architectural solution is essential. Simple in form, the new roof is articulated to deflect direct sunlight. The exposed timber structure supporting the roof extends onto the external garden terrace to provide a integrated garden pergola structure. The passive solar shading is complimented further, over time, the pergola will be draped in foliage to provides further layering to the rich composition of the facade.

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 and consider Top Glaze Roofing to get their job done. 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 by Prime Roofing to improve the accommodation and improve the sanitary provision. A new roof extension is proposed to the existing flat roof terrace by a reputable standing seam roofing contractor and provides new bright and airy living rooms to the new roof space.

21
Mar

An new outrigger extension added to a townhouse in the Keystone Conservation Area

Keystone Townhouse  | Architects for Islington | Kings Cross, London

The house was in a significant state of disrepair. forresterarchitects secured planning permission for a rear outrigger to the Keystone Conservation Area. To provide a reasonable level of accommodation the reconfiguration of the house will be necessary. A new bedroom was added to the second floor to replace the existing master bathroom. It will be necessary to relocate the sanitary provision of the house elsewhere without compromising the existing floor plan. The new rear outrigger extension will provide accommodation for a new shower room and a new bathroom. The extension will be entered from the existing stairwell and accessed from each half landing.

 

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.

10
Jan

A new house forms a new book-end development to a Clapton terrace.

Book-end House | Architects for Hackney | Clapton, Hackney

A rear outrigger extension was sold as a one bedroom house. As a book-end plot there is an opportunity to realise the full potential of the freehold plot. With a reasonable floor area, the existing roof space volume will provide the additional floor space to achieve a new two/three bedroom house.

11
Aug

A blue steel truss mezzanine transforms a single storey cottage refurbishment.

Blue Steel Mezzanine  | Architects 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 they are not in use.

16
Jul

A farmhouse and barn renovation is now ready for a harsh Yorkshire winter.

Farmhouse Renovation | Architects for Yorkshire | Leyburn, Yorkshire

A farmhouse renovation is nearing completion and just in time to stoke up the wood burning stove.  The house has some wonderful features with exposed timber beams, a stone tiled roof and half a metre thick solid walls all to be retained as original.

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. 

14
May

A stepped extension and garden studio to the rear of a townhouse in Hackney.

Garden Studio | Architects for Hackney | forrester architects.

forresterarchitects are working with a repeat client on a full maisonette refurbishment in Hackney, North London. The maisonette has been remodelled significantly and a new lower ground extension has been added to provide two separate dwellings. A new garden studio to the rear will provide ancillary accommodation 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

07
Apr

A new double height art gallery forms a new focal point to a townhouse refurbishment.

House Refurbishment | Architects 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 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.
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