Private House in SurbitonContemporary Exterior, London
This detached Victorian house was extended to accommodate the needs of a young family with three small children.
The programme was organized into two distinctive structures: the larger and higher volume is placed at the back of the house to face the garden and make the best use of the south orientation and to accommodate a large Family Room open to the new Kitchen. A longer and thinner volume, only 1.15m wide, stands to the western side of the house and accommodates a Toilet, a Utility and a dining booth facing the Family Room. All the functions that are housed in the secondary volume have direct access either from the original house or the rear extension, thus generating a hierarchy of served and servant volumes, a relationship that is homogeneous to that between the house and the extension.
The timber structures, while distinctive in their proportions, are connected by a shallow volume that doubles as a bench to create an architectural continuum and to emphasize the effect of a secondary volume wrapped around a primary one.
While the extension makes use of a modern idiom, so that it is clearly distinguished from the original house and so that the history of its development becomes immediately apparent, the size of the red cedar cladding boards, left untreated to allow a natural silvering process, matches that of the Victorian brickwork to bind house and extension together.
As the budget did not make possible the use a bespoke profile, an off-the-shelf board was selected and further grooved at mid point to recreate the brick pattern of the façade.
A tall and slender pivoting door, positioned at the boundary between the original house and the new intervention, allows a direct view of the garden from the front of the house and facilitates an innovative relationship with the outside.
Photo: Gianluca Maver
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Blend timber with brickThis extension feels crisp and contemporary thanks to the thin, horizontal cladding. However, by keeping the colour of the wood tonally quite close to the original brickwork, the addition doesn’t make too much of a loud statement. It feels quietly connected to the original building, while also being different enough to mark it out as a new space.
Bind togetherThis extension is clearly modern, but the boards of the red cedar cladding were chosen to match the size of the Victorian brickwork to tie the two together. If you like the idea of timber cladding silvering over time, follow this example by opting for an untreated wood that will allow the colour change.