Houzz Tour: A Period House is Reimagined with a Central Courtyard
Introducing daring modern elements to a rundown Victorian property has created an inspiring space full of character
Who lives here? A couple with a teenager and a toddler
Location Southwark, London
Property A Victorian terraced house
Size Four bedrooms and one bathroom
Architects Seán McAlister and Stephen Mackie of Pencil & Brick
“The extension was a ‘wraparound’, effectively,” Seán says, and involved knocking down the existing two-storey rear outrigger and replacing it with something new.
A key element of the plans was a central courtyard. However, the fact that the house is in a conservation area with listed buildings nearby threatened to derail the process. In the end, the planning department was impressed by the architectural merit of the project, and work could begin.
At the back of the house, they created a Victorian-style arched portico, inspired by the work of influential late-Georgian architect Sir John Soane, who designed a nearby church. Sleek gold cladding covers the pitched area alongside the portico, and the architects added a bar area beneath the window.
In a tribute to the owners, the two arches have chamfered edges – where the corners of the bricks have been cut off – to the height of their shoulders: his on the right and hers on the left.
Granite undermounted sink, Tapwarehouse.com. Boiling-water tap, Quooker.
Vibrant teal bespoke cabinetry with brass handles adds colour, while the rest of the space lets the artwork speak for itself.
Floor tiles, Claybrook Studio. Kitchen cabinets, Goldfinch Furniture. Range cooker, Fisher & Paykel.
Porcelain worktops in Calacatta Light, SapienStone.
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Facing the dining space on the other side of the courtyard is the piano room, to which the team added an oriel window. “It’s like a projecting glass box on the outside, but it has a seat on the inside,” Seán explains. “It’s a highly contemporary piece and has quite a lot of detailed structure, but the wall it’s cantilevering off is existing and was made in the 1800s.”
Dining table, Adventures in Furniture.
Shower enclosure, Crosswater. Floor tiles, Claybrook Studio. Shower fittings, Drench.
Bath mixer handset, Drench.
In an extension design that’s packed full of original and inspirational touches, what are his favourite parts? “I love the natural light that comes down through the hidden skylights, and the brickwork in the portico,” he says. “But mostly, I think it’s that sequence of framed views.”
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