Gardnor Road, Hampstead, London NW3Contemporary Dining Room, London
The dining room is located within the new extension.
The extension was built between two high party walls. The brick clad feature wall was created from the same bricks that were salvaged and re-used from the demolition process.
We created a recess (between the ceiling and the wall) along the feature wall and the sliding windows to create feature lighting that bathes the wall in light and conceals the curtain tracks for the windows.
The glass of the sliding doors can be heated and used as a radiator during the winter time.
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Move light aroundBefore the owners of this Victorian maisonette arrive in their beautiful extension, they need to pass through the central kitchen. Architect Lior Brosh of Brosh Architects decided to locate the cookspace in this middle area on the lower ground floor, as it’s the first room you come to from the entrance hall, which makes it easy to dump shopping bags.
3. In terms of the top outdoor feature upgrades in 2018, you might be surprised (given the popularity of a recent story on garden fences) to discover that, at 28 percent, sprucing up your beds and borders was top of your projects list. Fencing was there, but trailing a little behind at 25 percent, while upgrading patios or terraces came in at 24 percent. Tell us…What are your biggest renovation challenges (and what is your next project)? Let us know in the Comments section.
Don’t assume the job will be straightforwardWhen dealing with a period building, you never know what you might find when you start exposing the walls and structure.There’s a strong possibility a new extension, for instance, won’t be the only work that’s required. By nature, any addition can affect other parts of the house in terms of space, structure, materials and services.Prepare for this by putting aside a contingency budget of at least 10% of the contract sum.
Set your own costsGeorgie Noone recommends you establish your own budget right from the start. “It sounds simple,” she says, “but going into a project with a realistic and affordable self-budget will make everything else that follows easier.”
The rear of the property has been extended to fit a dining area that looks out onto the garden. Once again, Lior was conscious to keep as much of the original building in place as possible. At the back of the garden, for example, is a rather wonky wall. “I convinced the owners to keep it, as it’s part of the area,” he says. However, the wall did need to be repaired, so Lior asked the contractor to ensure it was structurally sound while keeping the same imperfect look. “We positioned a couple of uplights along the wall, which make it look beautiful in the evening,” he says.