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18
Nov

A new extension to a house in the Barnsbury Conservation Area.

Refurbishment & Extension | Architects for Islington | Barnsbury Conservation Area, North London

forresterarchitects have secured planning approval for the addition of a rear garden extension and roof dormer to a modern house in Islington. Located within the Barnsbury Conservation Area the purpose-built houses tend not to be added to. A modest design proposal has been approved to provide a large open plan ground floor with a large bedroom to the roof. The extension is clad in copper and compliments the red brick and tile of the wider environment.

21
Oct

Stay tidy. A bachelor pad with extensive bespoke storage solutions.

House Refurbishment | Architects for Camden | Primrose Hill, North West London

forresterarchitects have provided a design feasibility study for the house refurbishment of a duplex apartment in Primrose Hill.  The duplex flat is part of a modern purpose-built development in the fashionable area in North London. As a bachelor, the client was able to indulge his needs with specific requirements to keep the place tidy. The flat layout was simple. The design employs bespoke storage solutions to create living wall solutions to maximise on space. Sliding doors avoid taking up valuable space but also allow for an open plan feel when left in the open.

01
Sep

A design feasibility study for a twin townhouse in the Bloomsbury Conservation Area.

Twin Townhouse Refurbishment | Architects for Camden | Bloomsbury, West Central London

forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility for twin townhouse refurbishments off Oxford Street in Central LondonWith the development of a more modern family life, in whatever form this may take,  house layouts are no longer realising their full potential. The works aim to re-establish the internal hierarchy of a late Victorian house. Formal receptions rooms will be retained on the ground and first floor with bedrooms on the upper floors. The kitchen and dining rooms will be retained on the lower ground floor. Both properties will be rewired with new plumbing throughout.

17
Aug

A house refurbishment with new basement floor in Stoke Newington.

House Refurbishment with Basement | Architects for Hackney | Stoke Newington, North London

A large Victorian house in Stoke Newington, North London has not been refurbished since its purchase by the clients, ten years previous.  During this period the house suffered from student occupation and was tired. The upper floors were bowed and only one bathroom served a four bedroom house. A full house refurbishment was proposed with the requirement of a full-width rear extension. A low engineered basement was added to the existing home as a viable solution to the client’s storage and utility requirements. A projecting window seat was a key feature to the rear extension design proposal. A fully glazed roof-light provided a bright modern kitchen overlooking a modest garden. A guest shower-room to the top floor landing provided a simple design solution without compromising the top bedrooms A muted palette provided the most suitable background for the client’s extensive art collection.

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01
Jul

Not the only way…a house refurbishment in Essex.

House Refurbishment and Rear Extension | Architects for Havering | Hornchurch, Essex

forresterarchitects are nearing the end of the complete rebuilding of a semi-detached house in Hornchurch, 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.  The energy efficiency of the house has been improved. New double glazed units have replaced all single glazed window. Wall insulation has been added to the exterior facade to keep the heat. Every room has been reconfigured and the floor plan is now much more efficient. A larger than normal extension has also been added to the rear which provides an open plan arrangement throughout the ground floor.

18
Jun

An open plan ground floor to a house in Finsbury Park.

Open Plan Ground Floor | Architects for Islington | Finsbury Park, North London

forresterarchitects have submitted a planning application for a new open plan rear extension to a detached house in Finsbury Park. Internally the entire ground floor is reconfigured and internal walls were removed to provide a large open plan family room.

01
May

A design feasibility for a new-build Passive House (Passivhaus) in the Norfolk Broads.

New-Build Passive House (Passivhaus)| Architect for Norfolk Broads | Stalham, Norfolk

forresterarchitects have secured full planning approval for a new build house on the Norfolk Broads. The house will be designed to Passive House (Passivhaus) standards.

The Passive House (Passivhaus) concept aims to dramatically reduce the requirements for space heating and cooling whilst also creating excellent indoor comfort levels. The focus of the Passive House (Passivhaus) is to dramatically reduce the requirement for space heating and cooling, whilst also creating excellent indoor comfort levels.

This is primarily achieved by adopting a fabric first approach to the design, specifying high levels of insulation to the thermal envelope with exceptional levels of air tightness and the use of whole house mechanical ventilation. The heating requirement in a Passive House (Passivhaus) building is reduced to the point where a traditional heating system is no longer considered essential. Cooling is also minimised by the same principles and through the use of shading. Night purging and the use of natural cross-ventilation through open windows is encouraged during the summer months

 The new house will be inspired by the light industrial forms which predominate the local surrounding area. The roof forms explored and developed further to provide a modern architectural solution which draws references from these vernacular forms and materials and how they are positioned in the landscape. The accommodation brief is expressed in an informal arrangement of ‘sheds’. The ‘sheds’ in their juxtaposition aim to contribute positively to the local character of the area and the wider environment.

The new build house is almost perfectly orientated benefiting from a South facing facade. To maximise further from the early morning sunshine the house will be orientated a further 10 degrees to the East.

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10
Apr

A new London roof to a house refurbishment in the Brackenbury Village.

House Refurbishment and Rear Extension | Architects for Hammersmith & Fulham | Brackenbury Village, West London

forresterarchitects have provided a full architectural service for a house refurbishment in the Bradmore Conservation Area in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. A fine Victorian terraced house in the Brackenbury Village. It has been reconfigured to provide four bedrooms. A key design feature of the house is a large boudoir with open plan access to a private bathroom. The other bedrooms have been enhanced with fine bespoke joinery. A dynamic rear extension introduces the London roof to provide a modern kitchen and dining room.

01
Dec

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 have successfully overturned a decision by London Borough of Hackney Planning Department to refuse the development of a rear extension in North London. A unique warehouse conversion required extra accommodation to realise its full potential. A modest extension was added in keeping with existing property formerly a Victorian warehouse. The planning submission was deemed to be overbearing and inappropriate in its local context. A planning appeal was lodged illustrating how the development was considered to be in full accordance with current planning policy. Following an inspection by the Planning Inspectorate full planning permission to proceed with the development was subsequently granted much to my client’s delight.

01
Nov

A cool loft in fashionable North London features in House & Garden.

London Listed Architect | Architects for London | forrester architects

forresterarchitects have designed a cool minimalist interior loft conversion which has just been published in the definitive guide to stylish living, House & Garden. It’s not your typical dormer solution. An extra floor was added to a Victorian mid-terraced house but an inspired client required ‘their’ space to be defined at the top of the house. Leaving the chaos of the school day behind. The loft provides panoramic views of the city. The roof topped only by a large glass oval roof-light overhead which slides open to reveal a sparkling moonlit sky.