The Coach House
Studio 30 Architects were asked to transform a two storey Victorian terrace property in Peckham London, into a generous family home with the addition of both a sizable side extension and full width loft conversion.
The client, a growing family, wanted to refurbish and extend their Victorian dwelling and coach house into a modern and light filled home. The budget demanded that a principle of practicality be applied to which period features where to be retained or modernised.
One enters the house through the newly reinstated coach house doorway. By blocking the previous main door – now an external wood store – and with new sash windows, clarity is brought to the previously confused street elevation. From the hallway, views through the existing house reveal the new airy open kitchen-dining space and the freshly landscaped garden beyond. By removing the wall dividing the dwelling and its adjoining coach house, the latter was amalgamated into the building’s main body, allowing for the reconfigured spaces to be as generous as the family requires.
Towards the rear, large windows and roof-lights flood the heart of the house with natural light, with sliding-folding doors and a wide slot window in the kitchen further extending the internal spaces into the garden. The windows were supplied by Wooden Windows Ltd., along with several façade side sash box windows. Marijus Kastiukas, Sales manager, commented:
“For us, as a young and ambitious company, such involvement with this project was a leap forward. Products were successfully received by the customer and installed at the pointed location. We also see this project as a step further in cooperation with the involved architectural and construction companies. We are glad to have a chance to prove our quality and capabilities and see ourselves involved in even more interesting and complex projects.”
While being mostly finished to a modern style, existing features were retained where practical. Original floorboards were re-oiled and placed atop new under floor heating; at once efficiently adapting the house to modern standards, while establishing a dialogue with the building’s history.
The extensive use of glass is continued into the upper floors with large picture windows bathing the bedrooms in light and framing views to the handsome garden. New roof lights are designed to give maximum headroom in the loft and internally, the frosted glass of the first floor en-suite allows daylight to penetrate further; indeed every bathroom benefits from some form of natural light. A new staircase leads to the luxurious master bedroom within a full width, zinc-clad dormer.
All of the rooms and spaces now have generous proportions with strong connection to the private rear garden-space achieved through the introduction of a mostly glazed side infill extension at ground floor level. Large glazed windows and a balcony at first floor, as well as full width zinc clad and glazed dormer further strengthens the connections to the rear gardenscape.
Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the project was to create such attractive, generous and light-filled spaces within a restricted budget. This was achievable thanks to a strong working relationship between the client and the design team; all working together to develop simple and elegant response to a clear brief.
Studio 30 Architects worked alongside main contractors Sutton Construction Ltd, The Party Wall Partnership and Mike Crate Associates to complete the project.
About Studio 30 Architects
Studio 30 Architects is a London based Architecture Company undertaking works across the country and overseas. Their founding directors were project Architects on a number of RIBA award winning schemes and on the strength of these achievements, established Studio 30. They work at any scale of project, including contemporary residential refurbishments and extensions, new-builds, conversions, ecclesiastical and larger scale commercial and key worker housing schemes. They have extensive experience of working with a full range of consultants and within the planning constraints of listed buildings in conservation areas.