The brief included two seemingly impossible requests: the client wanted to see the garden from the living room and whilst lying in bed, and didn’t want the flat to be in London. By creating an internal courtyard and a carefully chosen material palette we managed to achieve one and the feeling of the other.
LAYOUT As you enter the flat there is a view all the way through to a lushly planted garden. The layout was reimagined to place the open plan living kitchen dining areas next to the garden with a new rear extension. Careful and efficient planning allowed us to provide an extra shower room, dressing room and utility/drying room.
FORM, LIGHT & MATERIAL A 7-metre-deep, 4-metre-high extension achieved planning by carefully chamfering the plan and angling the roof to be sensitive to the neighbours. Skylights and a sculpted ceiling create a beautifully lit living area. Large glazed doors slide away, allowing indoor-outdoor separation to dissolve. Materials and colours are selected to give spaces a soft and calm feel, with painted panelled walls and brushed oak flooring. A wood burning stove adds a further source of comfort.
COURTYARD The internal courtyard provides natural light and an outdoor planted space in the middle of the house where one can be surrounded by greenery. When lying in bed the client has a view through the courtyard and living room to the rear garden. There’s even a light switch next to the client’s bed where she can control the lights in the rear garden at night.