[SMALL PROJECTS 2011] This refurb and extension of a 1960s family house in South London comprises a new kitchen and dining area, a new entrance portico, new bathrooms and a complete general overhaul of the decorative finishes and services
The architect’s felt it important to respect the house’s original design ambitions and aimed to enhance and complement the existing, rather than contrasting or contradicting it.
The aim of the project is to engage in a subtle and positive dialogue with the existing house. Avoiding the usual default positions of either contrast or subordination, the proposal attempts to adopt some of the materials, details and design motives of the existing house and develop them further in a more contemporary and considered way.
On the exterior, the dominating existing horizontal lines of windows and timber fascias are re-interpreted in form of white Eternit-clad canopies, fascias and wall panels. Existing red hardwood panels are refurbished and complemented with matching hard wood cladding.
On the inside, the design language and choice of materials are kept to a minimum. Existing hardwood floors, mahogany railings and trims, and red hardwood-veneered doors are complemented with new solid merbau flooring and green slate for the bathrooms.
Start on site June 2009
Date of completion January 2010
Form of contract JCT Minor Works
Contract sum £175,000
Client Mr and Mrs Trodden
Architect Studio Meda
Structural engineer Engineers HRW
Main contractor A.J. Ryan Carpentry and Building