Local and 'Lofty'


Work was completed on a whole house refurbishment of a large corner property in Clapham. With a tapering plot the house was much wider to the rear. Planning consent was given for a long rear extension together with conversion of existing roof spaces and addition of a new dormer window. The result: a six-bedroom, three-bathroom house with a formal through lounge, family lounge, kitchen/dining, larder, utility and a study.

Demolition of an existing sunroom allowed for creation of the kitchen/dining space. Utilising a mono-pitch roof with roof lights, the kitchen is voluminous and well lit. Large sliding doors open fully and are fully concealed within the wall itself creating a stunning effect particularly allowing for the whole elevation open to the garden during the summer. A ‘secret’ door from the kitchen reveals and conceals a larder between the kitchen and the tapering boundary perfectly utilising space. With the removal of the existing kitchen, the space was converted into a new family room with the chimney opened up, a new hearth and surround housing a contemporary wood-burning stove. Bespoke joinery accommodates a TV and wraps the room to provide storage space.

At second floor level, an existing bedroom was altered and extended, a new shower room accommodated, and by carving out space within the existing roof structure, a new bedroom was added. The new shower room retains existing brickwork to create a ‘loft’ feel.

In order to preserve and enhance existing period details, cladding to the ground floor extension was from Kent and Sussex sourced English Sweet Chestnut, the flooring was in reclaimed French Oak in a Chevron pattern, the roof is slate and the paving from recycled York stone.

Externally, there was some reduction of ground levels to achieve the extension, and new landscaping to finish.