This 1890s Paddington terrace is located on a small gently sloping site, accessed by sandstone steps that were only recently uncovered beneath layers of render and tile and were carefully restored.
The original ground floor layout was typically L-shaped and awkward at the rear with steps at the side leading up to a courtyard.
The brief to provide all the essential amenities of a kitchen, laundry and powder room in the rear extension is achieved well by cleverly designed joinery, and the use of a simple material palette of timber, veneer, marble and white polyurethane joinery.
Keeping the raised courtyard meant less engineering was required but also gives an intimate perspective and allows for a cosy reading corner – a valuable space off the kitchen that is used all the time.
The new external parapet wall features white bricks and conceals the sliding doors so that when open, the indoor/outdoor relationship of the house is maximised. A white painted timber screen shed with a granite topped BBQ area works well aesthetically and functionally.
The project is a successful utilisation of space and well-suited for a family.