TALL tale

Living Etc - - DESIGN/PROJECT -

If dark, cramped rooms are an is­sue, or you don’t want to steal space from a gar­den that’s al­ready small, ex­tend­ing up­wards could be the an­swer. tak­ing out in­ter­nal walls and floors to cre­ate dou­ble-height rooms can give the il­lu­sion of a big­ger space, al­low more day­light in­side and, when prop­erly planned, make your home func­tion bet­ter. the big costs are likely to be from new struc­tural sup­ports. Such projects come with a lot of up­heaval, so it’s best to de­camp dur­ing build­ing works if you can.

Project de­tails

this 19th-cen­tury ter­raced house gained space by scoop­ing out the base­ment to cre­ate a dou­ble-height din­ing room. ar­chi­tec­tural firm stu­dio oc­topi also added a col­umn of sash win­dows at one side, and an im­pres­sive 6m piv­ot­ing door that opens onto the gar­den. the mech­a­nism is so smooth that it works with the push of one fin­ger. ‘we re­moved all the in­ter­nal walls on the lower two floors and in­serted a new steel sup­port­ing frame,’ says co-founder chris Romer-lee. ‘this al­lowed for clear views and a new sense of flow.’

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