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Highgate House, London 

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A striking art deco extension to a 1920s arts and crafts house

Project Type: 

Residential refurbishment and renovation

Project Status:


This elegant detached 1920s arts and crafts house in Highgate is characterised by large roofs and chimneys. Our design proposal aims to preserve these historic characteristics while extending to the rear with a striking art deco extension. The new configuration of the house and the internal glazing allows views throughout the house and beyond, creating an immense sense of space and curiosity.

A chimney divides the dining and living areas and the new configuration creates a step down into a sunken brick living room, providing a direct connection to the garden beyond. The hallway is opened up across the levels with a new staircase whilst bespoke joinery throughout the house complements the new design, adding interest to the lofty rooms.

Illustrative view of proposed extension


Proposed plans

Using structural glazing to articulate the transition between the existing and the new, the extension is inspired by the delicate leaded bay windows to the house. At ground floor, a large wrap around family kitchen/dining/living space to the back and side of the house allows expansive views of the garden.

The new drawing room come study overlooks a trapped courtyard, enhancing the relationship to the outdoors. A key feature of the living space is the wide bespoke library spanning the width of the drawing room and into the sunken living room. At first floor, the double aspect master suite extends across the top of the house and is complete with a bespoke dressing room and large en suite. The vast window at the rear of the master suite provides views of the garden.


The overall effect is to create a light filled home with interconnected spaces that have a closer relationship to the outdoors.

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CGIs: Dexterity Visuals


Illustrative views of proposed extension

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