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Designcubed completes £230,000 courtyard house

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + PROJECT DATA] London-based practice Designcubed has completed this 122m2 courtyard home in East Dulwich, London

The £230,000 single-storey, two-bedroom home is arranged around a pair of courtyards which prevent overlooking from the surrounding houses.


Designcubed's Courtyard House

The architect’s view

‘We built the Courtyard House for ourselves and we’re enjoying living here very much. The budget was restricted with an initial financial limit of £195,000. Our intent was to construct a contemporary building with clean simple lines, defined by light, somewhat minimalist in approach but with the warmth and comfort of home.

‘The resulting design is compact and built out to the perimeter of the site in brick to make the most efficient use of the limited plot available. It is partially cut into the slope of the ground to maintain a constant level access and a low profile to the street.

‘Bathrooms and a walk-in-wardrobe are next to the pavement, providing a buffer zone between the living space and the street. Opaque windows for natural light create a softness and sense of activity whilst maintaining a feeling of security from the street. 

‘An abundance of natural light is provided to the living spaces through wide windows and doors which open onto both courtyards and the two large rooflights above the lounge and dining spaces.’

Designcubed Dovedale Road

Project data

Location East Dulwich, London
Type of project private house
Client  Stephen and Cecilia Blowers
Architect Designcubed
Structural engineer  Malishev Wilson
Lighting consultant  Hoare Lea Lighting
Main contractor G & T Contracts
Funding private (self-build mortgage)
Gross internal floor area 122m2
Form of contract and/or procurement self-managed
Total cost £230,000

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