On site at our Balham Project
After almost 12 months on site, we thought it would be a great opportunity to invite the entire Granit team to our site in Balham, South London. It is always very exciting to see our design vision being transformed into reality. Sitting on a quiet residential street and surrounded by old artisan style cottages, our client asked us to design a comfortable, modern family home whilst prioritising sustainability and energy efficiency.
What have we Designed?
As the project developed, we decided to aim for Passivhaus standard that led to the complete rebuild of the rear, whilst retaining the original, historic facade to the front. Our design utilises the existing external side passageway and transforms this into an entrance hall to help maximise the width of the Ground floor. The plan features a split-level that runs centrally down the core of the building as a way to provide a sense of separation between the intimate living space at the front, to the social Kitchen and Dining spaces at the rear. At First Floor, the bathroom sits within a metal cladded tower that marginally projects beyond the existing flank wall and runs to roof level to form a contemporary chimney. Two bedrooms are proposed at the rear, one of which includes a corner window that sits from table top level to the ceiling. Metal cladding is also proposed to the new mansard and dormer extensions at the rear where the master bedroom sits.
Our Sustainability Approach
This project aims to be an exemplar one that combines the beauty and character of a typical Victorian home in London with highest standards of energy efficiency.