The scheme consists of a contemporary two storey glass addition to a Victorian double-fronted detached house situated in a South West London conservation area.
Refurbishment works were carried out throughout the property.
The proposed extension completely changes the dynamic and use of the upper ground floor. The existing cellular plan no longer worked for the family, with a cramped dining room, small kitchen and breakfast space and poor connection to the extensive rear garden
The brief for kaap studio architects was to open up the upper ground floor and provide space for the family to enjoy and entertain. Maintain the feel of the existing balcony, eliminate level difference on the upper ground floor level and connect it with the garden.
To maximise the space, key dividing walls were removed, and the upper ground floor was brought all to one uniform level eliminating any level differences. This added light, a sense of space and continuity and created a view, from the front door through to the garden.
Views were a key consideration – from the front door to the garden, from the family area and kitchen to the garden, from the lower level living quarters to the garden. Bringing light into the heart of the home lead to the use of large glass doors and extensive rooflights -while the use of glass balustrades behind the glass doors preserved the feel of a balcony when doors are fully open.