This project sits in the Church Road Conservation Area in
Crystal Palace, South London and consists of a complete
refurbishment of a beautiful, historic five bedroom house and
a rear extension.
Unlike with many other projects, the brief here was not to create
more area but to enable the clients to fall in love with their
home of 27 years again and to make better use of the existing
space. This has been achieved by cutting down on circulation
area, refurbishing existing bathrooms and moving some into
new locations and by providing a more functional and generous
kitchen with a new dining area that looks out onto the garden.
The large room sizes and generous ceiling height enabled us
to opt for warm and rich finishes adding not just extra depth
to the spaces but also a certain character. Oak slats wrap the
extension both externally and internally and even reappear in
The wood is offset against dark grey finishes in the shape of
paint, hexagonal tiles and a zinc cladding. All details are made
of brushed brass. Recesses formed of a split-faced travertine
mosaic adding to the haptic experience.
The new, light flooded kitchen and dining area follows the same
principles. It consists of exposed oak plywood and dark grey
units and has a brushed brass island at its heart. Oak slats
wrap up the wall and over the ceiling. Where they stop short
they provide striking framed views whilst they also run over a
skylight to contribute to the solar gain prevention.