Philippa Stock­ley

Who knew an ex­tended dog­leg to a Vic­to­rian ter­race in Peck­ham could look this stylish? It’s all in the at­ten­tion to de­tail, dis­cov­ers

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - Our Home -

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-

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