Kensal Rise

The original semi-detached house had been untouched since it was built in the mid-1920s. With almost a blank canvas, the entire house was re-planned to provide new sun-filled living spaces, four generous bedrooms and a home office, all spread over three floors. This involved adding a single storey rear and side extension, converting the loft space and repositioning many internal partitions to achieve the brief from the client.

Views from front to back have been created by opening up the original double formal reception rooms at the front of the house, to the new open-plan rear extension. Glimpses of the lush green landscape in the front and rear gardens are visible from many points on the ground floor and the house is now light-filled throughout the year. A bespoke kitchen, plus spacious living and dining areas within the extension open seamlessly onto the mature rear garden. A home office occupies a glassy corner while the side extension provides valuable utility facilities.

The first floor has three bedrooms with ensuite and family bathroom, while the roof space has been converted to provide a generous master suite with an ensuite bathroom.

From the street the only sign of the transformation behind the façade is the carefully detailed and crafted contemporary timber-clad side extension. However, from the back the palette of vertical timber boarding that has been used for the walls of the ground floor extension and the zinc clad sculptural form of the loft dormer reflect the contemporary spaces that exist within.