Careful adaptation of an early Arts and Crafts house to create a modern family home

Team Members:
Jas, Lilia

Approached to reconfigure a client’s semi-detached Edwardian home, we needed to bring the period property in line with the lifestyle of their growing family. Located in the Lakes Estate Conservation Area, Palmers Green, the house had generous floor to ceiling heights and ample natural light but suffered from a segregated ground floor layout ill-suited to modern life.

To better understand their needs, we developed a series of design options to enable discussion on how family functions could be distributed across the ground floor. Through collaboration with the client, we settled on a generous galley kitchen leading onto a new flexible seating area connected to the garden. A feature glazed corner wraps around the kitchen space maximising views out and allowing natural light to pour into the room.

Whilst the size and character of the new glazing is a departure from the historic proportions of the existing house, they are united through careful detailing including framing with reused bricks - specifically sourced and colour matched – to sit in harmony with the adapted rear façade. The new layout provides a series of enjoyable and flexible spaces for the family to adapt and grow together.

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