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Kirkwood McCarthy gets go-ahead for home on garage plot

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Kirkwood McCarthy has won permission to replace a garage in east London with a four-bedroom family home

The three-storey 139m² home in Selwyn Road, near Mile End will sit on a 5m-wide plot between a brick semi-detached and a row of Victorian terraced houses.

The emerging practice is currently working on a number of residential infill projects and in 2014 converted a dilapidated workshop, also in east London, into a two-bedroom terraced home (see AJBL: Winkley Workshop).

Work is expected to start on the Selwyn Road scheme in spring 2017.

Project data 

Location: Tower Hamlets, London
Type of project: Private House
Client: Private
Architect: Kirkwood McCarthy
Gross internal floor area: 139m²
Total cost: £420,000

 Architects’ view: Sophie McCarthy of Kirkwood McCarthy

The client approached us with a brief to transform their semi-detached single-car garage into a contemporary family home. Given the conservation area locality, we worked closely with the Tower Hamlets planning team to integrate their aesthetic and streetscape requirements.

From this process we have achieved a design that appropriates the Victorian terrace datums and proportions with a two-storey street frontage, concealing a partial basement and three-storey split-level layout beyond. The material palette is predominately brick and concrete with steel-framed windows.

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  • A good 'fit', with an interesting take on living spaces - but three-bedroom, rather than four (by my count) - and did the client specifically ask for the chevron window in the top bedroom?
    Aren't window sills really quite useful?

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