Architect Michael Brennan has transformed a dated Victorian terraced house with a striking rear extension
Architect Michael Brennan explains how he successfully transformed a tired Victorian terraced house by adding a striking rear extension
The priority for this threebed Victorian terraced house in Crouch End, London, was to open up the cramped and compartmentalised ground floor layout to provide a functional space for the owners. With a small entrance hall and a separate living, dining and kitchen area, there was no room for the family to enjoy being together in a social space.
To fulfill the owners’ brief, we remodelled the entire layout of the ground floor and transformed it into an open-plan space. The property is situated on a sloping site, which posed a challenge for the design, but we capitalised on this by dividing the layout with stepped levels, creating an interesting feature throughout the house. A walk-on rooflight on the newly modernised first-floor roof terrace allows light to filter down into the kitchen below, while extensive glazing enhances the relationship between the house and the back garden. Meanwhile, a new, more distinctive entrance reception helps the house make a good first impression to visitors.
On the second floor, we replaced the existing dormer with a sleeker model comprised of sliding doors and a glass balustrade overlooking the garden, providing the master bedroom with stunning views across London. We remodelled the rest of the floor to create a luxury en suite, with a freestanding stone bath taking centre stage. Keeping in line with permitted development rights, the new dormer window enhances the character of the home while maximising the livable space and flooding the house with light.