With demand for new houses in the UK still far outstripping supply, building an extension to your existing home is a tempting alternative. But what if your house is a Grade II listed Georgian building in North West London? That was the challenge facing the architects and masterplanners at Cullinan Studio when they created this visually striking ‘residential retrofit’ for a House in Hampstead.
The extension itself uses materials that were the same as, or similar to, those used during the construction of the original building – timber, glass, neutral coloured fenestration and off-white coloured masonry panels. But the results set a far lighter, more contemporary tone. The waxed birch ply and oak that line the stairs, floors, walls and ceiling bring warmth, comfort and a natural flow to this living space.
“Minimal changes were made to the front elevation, so nothing of the building’s heritage character is lost,” say Cullinan Studio on their website. “We also considered the neighbours and improved their outlook over the house. The view is now of foliage and a sedum roof rather than a shed roof and lean-to slate roof.”
With this bright extension now becoming the new heart of the house, these lucky Hampstead homeowners have a large living area, with a beautiful view of their garden, for the whole family to relax in and enjoy.
House In Hampstead
Watch a video tour of the House in Hampstead below, courtesy of Paul Raftery and Dan Lowe on Vimeo –
House in Hampstead photography by Paul Raftery.