This dilapidated Victorian property was extended upwards and to the rear creating a four-bedroom house from a once modest cottage.
Our client spotted this dilapidated cottage across the road from his flat in Clapham. He watched it for a couple of years, and when the opportunity came up to buy it, he pounced.
The brief was to extend and transform the property into a modern family home and make the property as energy-efficient and sustainable as possible.
The front facade is sympathetic to the property’s original features, but there is a new extension designed in a contemporary style at the rear.
The extension is over three storeys and has a triple-glazed bay with a sash window opening onto a courtyard garden with a moated fish pond.
The house provides four generous bedrooms, with living areas, study and kitchen dining room opening onto the garden. It features a range of sustainable design and energy efficiency features, including external insulation to the solid walls, a whole-house mechanical ventilation system (MVHR), solar heating, a green roof and a rainwater storage/irrigation system.
This approach to energy efficiency with existing housing stock to create a low energy house is known as a retrofit.
The result is a generous and modern family home. Our client is delighted with the property and also that it costs very little to run the heating.
You can download a detailed analysis of the sustainable design and energy efficiency techniques used on this house here. This analysis includes an analysis of the cost savings too.
The garden consists of a mixture of corten planters, hard paving and planting beds to create an urban oasis.
The London Open House featured this house in 2013 and 2014.
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