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Ar­chi­tect Michael Bren­nan has trans­formed a dated Vic­to­rian ter­raced house with a strik­ing rear ex­ten­sion

Real Homes - - CONTENTS - Architects: Mul­roy Architects, 020 7267 5123, mul­ro­yarchi­tects.com Num­ber of bed­rooms: Three To­tal project cost: £276,000

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.

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