Mark Fairhurst Architects has recently gained planning permission for two domestic projects in West Norwood in the London Borough of Lambeth. A project at Knolly’s Road is an extension to an Edwardian house and the project at Lansdowne Hill is a refurbishment to a Victorian terraced house. Both locations are characterised by sites with unique features. The topography at Knolly’s Road is long and narrow in plan with a significant uphill gradient towards the South while Lansdowne Hill is triangular in plan and narrow due to the adjacent railway line. The clients for both projects were seeking to maximise their kitchen and dining spaces and better relate these spaces to gardens currently compromised by the existing buildings.
The proposed design for Knolly’s Road comprises of a new kitchen with a central island unit and living area linking with an existing centrally located dining room along with a new WC and built in storage units on the ground floor. It has an open plan arrangement, creating a better connection between the kitchen, dining and front room. A set of bi-fold doors connects the kitchen to a new patio. A large skylight punctures the mono-pitch roof, to allow plenty of daylight into the new extension and will provide views up the hill towards mature trees. For the exterior, warm yellow stock brick will be used to match the existing property.
Existing rear extension to Knolly’s Road Extension
Proposed rear extension to Knolly’s Road Extension
The client at Lansdowne Hill wanted to have a space that would enable him to have a view out onto his garden. The proposed design accommodates this, with a dining space that faces outwards and a new roof terrace accessed from an existing bedroom that overlooks the garden. A planter will also be on the roof terrace. The garden serves as a focal point for the proposal. The design also includes a new spacious kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor. The proposed design opens up the space improving the flow of movement throughout the home as well clear views outwards to the garden.
Existing rear view of Lansdowne Hill
Proposed rear view of Lansdowne Hill Extension
Ultimately, in both instances, Mark Fairhurst Architects creates designs which respond to the needs and requirements of the clients by creating spaces that are bright and spacious while improving connectivity with the existing home and the overall quality of the space.