St. Quintin Avenue
North Kensington, London
The family home in the west end of London was commissioned by private clients with the view to developing it into their permanent home. The semi-detached property bought by them was one among rows of neat Edwardian houses within a conservation area and required complete refurbishment. Following various feasibility studies and in-depth discussions with the client, a proposal of five bedrooms was considered appropriate to accommodate the family and guests. Contemporary living called for a home office and the living / dining space to be generous, and to be placed at the heart of the home.
To keep within the context of the conservation area the street elevation was retained. The remainder of the house was sub-standard and therefore demolished and re-built to accommodate the expansion. The ground floor becomes the node of family activity with the living space extending almost seamlessly to include the articulated external space at the rear. Dramatic rooflights enhance the sense of space while views extend right across from the entrance of the house to the rear of the garden.