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CRAWFORD PARTNERSHIP

SMALL PROJECTS 2005

Photography by Tom Langford

This house, 13 Petrie Close in the Mapesbury Conservation Area in Kilburn, London, is one of a small cluster of 1970s council houses. Sold under tenants' 'right to buy', it had bland brick facades with aluminium-framed windows and a concrete-tiled monopitched roof.

Crawford Partnership has renovated and extended the tired interior and exterior to provide more spacious accommodation, with sliding glass doors, an open-plan ground floor layout and a new master bedroom with double-height space at the first floor. The overall aim was to give the house an individual character. An external render finish provides a unified facade, tying the existing volume to the singlestorey rear extension flanked by fin walls, with a concealed roof terrace above.

The simple palette of white render and red Meranti wood windows and cladding now sets the house apart from its brick neighbours, catching the sunlight.

The engineer was Elliott Wood Partnership;contractor Mark Malik; hardwood doors and windows TBG (Germany); glass blocks by Luxcrete.

Cost: £80,000

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