Photography by Paul Ratigan
Photographics The existing property was the small, two-bedroom Vine Cottage overlooking Ealing Common in west London, with a land-locked courtyard garden to the rear. The brief of client Heather Dutfield was to extend the cottage to create a first-floor en-suite bathroom and replace the original ground-floor extension to accommodate a kitchen, an additional guest room with WC/shower room, and a large dining area suitable for entertaining.
The key design intention was to set out the new building orthogonally with the existing house and to lose all the awkward residual angular spaces formed by boundaries, by making them into storage and ancillary spaces. The result is an extension that does not feel as if it is wedged between the boundary walls. Extensive use of rooflights introduces sunlight into the depths of the property. An external steel frame enables the corner of the dining area to appear 'structure-less', with the floor and ceiling connecting with the outside as planes.
The engineer was Tony Holdbrook; contractor Fred Scurr Building Services.