Who knew an extended dogleg to a Victorian terrace in Peckham could look this stylish? It’s all in the attention to detail, discovers
HOW much extra space will make everyday life better? In Matthew Wood and Amber Dalton’s Peckham home, adding just 72 square feet — the size of a single bedroom — dramatically improves the entire downstairs. And since Matthew, 41, is the architect, the high-spec addition, which also adds a solid foundation and underfloor heating throughout, upgrading the entire house, only cost £70,000.
Basically, the couple have added a new square area at the end of the dogleg of their Victorian home. But it’s how they’ve done it that matters. They considered every detail, and made lots of trials on grouting, handles and so on. It all added time to the build but really polishes the finish.
The new side walls are in striking, smooth black engineering brick enhanced by immaculate black grout, which the builder piped painstakingly with an icing bag. A pale oak parquet floor and bespoke beech- plywood kitchen with smoothly cut- out lug handles offsets the black. Laminate in bluish tones adds interest to drawers and cupboards.
The worktops look like black granite but are, unusually, paper composite, while a welded steel structure supports the super-thin roof. With its glass roof light, glassed corners and a big glass door to the garden, the space is wonderfully sunny, while the materials create a smart but organic feel, and soften sound.
Matthew connected the new bit to the former cramped dogleg kitchen by knocking out a sash window that used to look longingly at the back garden. Now instead of a cramped kitchen end-