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Groves Natcheva completes £205k London home


[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] London-based Groves Natcheva has completed this 146m² home in Walton-on-Thames, south-west London

The three-bedroom family home for a product designer has an L-shaped plan arranged around a courtyard.

The bedrooms, kitchen, and dining area are located around the south-west side of the site in a single-storey wing while the living area and study are located in a double height space.

The blue-brick house features large expanses of glazing and corner windows.

According to the practice, which was co-founded by 2014 AJ Women in Architecture Awards finalist Adriana Natcheva, in-situ concrete has been used to ‘provide continuity between internal and external walls’ with the timber and concrete structure of the house left exposed on the inside.

Groves Natcheva Franklyn Road

The architect’s view

On arrival, a brick wall with a corner window invites a cautious curiosity, revealing a double-height study space above. Upon turning the corner, you enter the private courtyard where the transition from the stark solidity of the brick falls away to glazed walls, inviting you to enter the private world of the living spaces within.

The day begins with filtered morning sunlight flooding the bedrooms and ends with evening sunlight filling the terrace to the kitchen and dining area. The living room enjoys sunshine all day from all sides, whilst the raised study area receives north light through a clerestory window, which also serves to offer views over the surrounding treetops.

Groves Natcheva Franklyn Road

Project data

Location Walton-on-Thames, London
Type of project house
Architect Groves Natcheva
Area 146m²
Cost £205,000


Readers' comments (5)

  • I struggle to see how this project was completed for 205,000. Potential clients seeing this are automatically mislead, and such statements ultimately undermine our profession.

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  • +vat, +contractor overheads, prelims and profit + consultants fees, +statutory fees,+ land cost etc?

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  • The construction cost of the project as seen on our images was £205,000. This is purely the construction cost and does not include land costs, statutory or consultant fees. VAT for new build in the UK is zero rated.

    The design of the house and our choice of materials, finishes and details were carefully considered in order to fit within this very tight budget. Hard work but rewarding.

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  • Kieran Gaffney

    No VAT on new builds but yes this does seem very low for the size, material palette and design. And agree that it does undermine the profession if its being reported lower than it was. It could have been self built but that should be reported.

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  • My company Designs Built Limited had the pleasure of building this project for Grovesnatcheva.
    We brought this in just under the 205k mark including oh/p
    The materials used for this design were well thought out, hard work yes, but rewarding as well.

    We are currently building another project for James Gorst architects, on time and on budget and I'm sure it too will share the same success

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