Duke’s Avenue House, Extended London Property, Chiswick Home Redesign and Extension, Images
Duke’s Avenue House in London
New Chiswick Property: Real Estate Redevelopment, UK – design by IBLA, architects
23 Oct 2018
Duke’s Avenue House in Chiswick
Location: West London, England, UK
Duke’s Avenue House, Chiswick
The clients, a pair of doctors, wanted to significantly increase the amount of floor-space in their Chiswick home, whilst maintaining the existing character and external massing of the original house, and keeping their garden intact.
IBLA embraced the idea that the changes to the house would be discreet and, as such, the typical solution of adding a large ground floor rear extension was rejected from the outset. The intention became to re-model and re-configure the house in a sympathetic and respectful manner, with IBLA designing a substantial refurbishment of the existing house, a total re-build of the roof, and a sizeable basement extension.
Firstly, a new rear-facing loft extension was ‘hidden’ behind the retained brick gable end of the existing roof. This provided a new ‘children’s floor’ with a large shared space for the kids, leading onto a pair of bedrooms with glazed walls hidden behind the retained gable facing the rear garden. The lofty, light-filled space, lined in painted timber-boarding and decorated in muted greys and pinks, provides a generous play area – and is a spectacular culmination to the main staircase to the house.
The existing traditional stair from the ground floor entrance hall to the first floor landing was extended upwards in a similar soft palette of painted timber. A gently curved stringer echoes an existing arch; and the new stair handrail is designed to open up towards the top, allowing views and light down to the rest of the house.
At ground floor, the existing galley kitchen, dining and utility areas were cleared out, and a generous new kitchen space was created across the entire rear, with large glazed sliding doors opening into the garden via a new raised decked area. A small (3m x 2m) side extension housing a Pantry and Cloakroom was added.
This, along with a new back door, enabled direct access to the new kitchen from the outside. This small functional move had a significant effect on the family’s daily life: facilitating kids’ arrival and exit, deliveries and shopping, and creating bike storage.
The existing first floor over the kitchen was replaced with large weathered French oak beams cut and jointed precisely to ensure that they would fit between the existing walls and a new steel beam which supports the rest of the rear facade above. A new painted timber boarded ceiling is also introduced here, this time painted in a warm grey. The chunky oak beams are contrasted with the finely detailed new oak kitchen cabinets, which have been designed as a series of pieces of furniture.
A new wood-burning stove sits in a painted brick alcove and defines a cosy dining area. The kitchen connects to the ground floor front room via a library/study. The first floor layout was rationalised to include a new master bedroom suite, a study and guest accommodation. The new master bathroom was carefully designed to preserve the existing fireplace and features new panelling and a tiled floor.
Below ground level, the entire house has been underpinned and a new basement excavated under it. The enlarged basement includes a bedroom with ensuite, a laundry room and a large recreation room.
The latter has a vaulted ceiling and extends under the new external deck. Glazed doors open onto a sunken garden, which also provides access to the rear garden via a new external staircase. This recreation room provides a calming space for adults to relax in and serves as a counterpoint to the kids play-space up in the roof.
Practice Director Kim Loddo, said of the project:
‘One of the most interesting things about this project was the fact that the clients understood immediately that while a large rear extension would give them the extra accomodation that they wanted, it would also alter the balance of spaces in the house, and change the way they lived in it. This realisation gave us a real opportunity to deliver an out-of-the-box design. With Dukes Avenue, we have preserved the traditional exterior, but constructed an almost completely new house inside. From the kids play area, to new staircase, bedrooms to parent spaces in the basement, the new spaces work for the whole family, and blend seamlessly into the existing house.’
Duke’s Avenue House, London – Building Information
Contract Sum: £1.085M ex Vat
Original area of house: 200 sqm
New area of house: 375 sqm
Start date: January 2017
Completion date: March 2018
Structural engineers: Price and Myers
Main Contractor: Ferox Ltd
Photography: Brotherton Lock
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Location: Duke’s Avenue, Chiswick, London, UK
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