The LanternTraditional Exterior, London
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Think outside the box (but inside the lantern…)The renovation of this Locally Listed building by Fraher Architects involved a basement, ground and first-floor extension. Perhaps the most striking part of the renovation is the rather unusual glazed tower, known as ‘the lantern’ due to its appearance after dark, seen here on the left-hand corner of the building. Two glass strips, one at the back of the house and another on the side, visually mark out the new and the old.
‘We had originally submitted plans for this infill extension to be full height,’ says Webster. But the planning process was lengthy and the authorities put a limit on the height of the extension. ‘However, it still works beautifully,’ she continues. ‘It was always meant to be lightweight, adding to the house without compromising its period aesthetic.’At night, the 6m-high glazing on the extension creates strips of glowing light, giving it a lantern-like appearance.Get expert advice on planning permission
Step outsideIf the staircase in your house is really taking up crucial space, there may be the opportunity to reclaim that space and build a new stair enclosure as an extension. This may seem radical, but if by opening up the interior space you get a fantastic solution internally, putting the stairs off to the side in an extension can be the best solution.Find a top staircase and balustrade professional on Houzz.TELL US…How would you change the staircase in your home? Share your thoughts or photos in the Comments below.