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25
Feb

A little gem in the Canonbury Conservation Area frames views of an easterly sky

Glazed Facet Extension  | Architects for Islington | Canonbury Conservation Area

A faceted glazed structure provides a simple concept for a new extension to a Canonbury townhouse. A series of angles provide a rich sculptural form which is developed further to define the new garden lounge extension. The angles to the facade provide a notional subdivision for the different functions within the space which in turn inform the language of facade and the extent of privacy to the rear.

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.

12
Nov

A riverfront Townhouse reorientated to focus on the Swan River

 Riverview Townhouse | Architects for Perth, Australia | Claremont, Perth

A terrace of riverside townhouse’s are desirable for their perfect location on the banks of the Swan River. The newly purchase townhouse has lost its 1970’s charm. There is great potential to enliven the simple interior with period fixture and fittings and recreate a modern open plan environment. The upper floor bedrooms are reconfigured to provide simple ensuite facilities. The living room, kitchen and dining space are reorientated to form a new focal point for the house, the ever changing Swan River.

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.

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. A new roof extension is proposed to the existing flat roof terrace. It provides bright and airy living rooms to the new roof space.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 sanitary provision.

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.

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