£100,000 to £249,999
Alteration to existing property
60 Grays Inn Road , London , WC1X 8AQ
The client’s brief for their North London home asked for more space and to open up their ground floor to the garden to create a well functioning living and dining space for their family of four. They wanted the ground floor to become the new heart of the house, a comfortable and spacious area where the whole family would spend most of their time together. The main challenge of this project was that the site boundaries are not parallel; the house sits on a bend in the street so the site is on an angle. Creating a rear extension that would extend nicely from the original house and also maintain the side garden access was the design challenge that gave the sloped shape of the extension. Our solution was to completely open up the existing living and dining rooms to create a fully open plan space to the rear of the house. The footprint of the extension is a right angle trapezoid as a result of the site boundary, and with a sloped roof this created an angular volume as a clear addition to the main house. The open plan is thereby clearly defined into three zones; the new volume with its exposed structure and sloping roof, the new kitchen and island, and the open relaxing living room. The whole ground floor is simply laid out and brought to life by the palette of exposed materials such as bricks, clay plaster, polished concrete, exposed timber and sanded original floorboards. This minimalist palette brings life and warmth to the very simple interior. The paired back minimalism of the interior allows the composition of the carefully placed window, the slope of the doubled up timber structure and the large steel frame to be the main features of the room.