This imposing late Victorian detached villa is set within a conservation area in South London. It sits within a curved row of similar style houses that front onto a now disused railway line that has since been repurposed as a community nature trail and woodland.
The house benefits from a large garden set against the woodland backdrop but the original layout did little to address the benefits of this setting, instead placing preference on the formal reception rooms facing the street. The client looked to us to help re-engage the house with the garden.
Our proposal sought to reconfigure the layout to the back of the house and create a new extended space that would make the most of the grandeur of this Victorian setting. The reconfigured ground floor layout provides an open plan family space with three zones – cooking, relaxing and dining with a transparent fluidity between the inside, whilst a new master bedroom suite at the first floor overlooks the garden.
The new extension addresses the garden utilising the same yellow London brick and flemish brick bonding as the existing house, but seeks to achieve a standalone architectural pavilion quality through an interplay of offset and contrasting volumes.
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