If you are one of the lucky few who live inside the walls of a wonderful period home, you are fully aware of the challenges presented with space and internal layout. Oftentimes, these homes are compartmentalised and dark, not making the most of available outside views or light. Today on homify, we have a grand treat in store, with a tour inside a newly extended Edwardian property in Putney, London. Alan Higgs Architects were responsible for the dramatic transformation, which will no doubt blow you away. Take a look…
One of the biggest concerns and troubles related to new extensions on period homes is whether or not the exterior façade matches, or is completely different to that of the original dwelling. As you can see here, the architects have opted to seamlessly merge the extension and house together through the use of similarly coloured bricks and window styles. If you look closely, the white panes cleverly match the existing windows above, as does the detail on the brick. After all, it is only fitting that if you have an outdoor space as open and luscious as this in an inner city suburb, you should be taking full advantage of the view!
The angle of this photograph shows an up close and personal view of the external envelope of the new extension. Through its transparency, the glass barrier around the small set of outdoor stairs provides minimal intrusion to the design. From the front, a row of English box hedges creates a green barrier, mimicking the manicured design of the garden. The fluidity of the design is apparent, and the integration of new and old has been executed in such a way that the difference is not overwhelming.
From inside, the design of the new extension can be fully realised. Light filled and airy, the layout and structure is a fusion of a well-thought and comprehensive features. Down to the smallest of details, the absence of partitions and continuity in material finishes creates a space that is balanced and serene. Once the doors have been opened, the extension promotes a stunning juxtaposition between inside and outside spaces.
This image provides a picture perfect example of how a modern kitchen should look. A culmination of concrete, steel and timber, these material textures come together in harmony despite their obvious contrasts. The dining space seen above is complemented by the kitchen island, where occupants or guests can enjoy a casual, laid back meal instead of setting up a place at the table. This is a great feature that allows flexibility, and also ensures that conversation and interaction between occupants and guests is possible.
If you look directly in front of the kitchen island, you will find a small sitting room that invites us to enter via a series of small steps. Despite the fact there is an obvious separation between the two areas, it still feels spacious and open. Also part of the new extension, the living room is treated to the same light-penetrated and airy ambience evident in the kitchen and dining area.
We absolutely love the fact two vastly different decorating styles have been employed throughout this extension. In the kitchen area, a sleek contemporary palette of materials and colours were chosen, versus the above living space, which is classic and elegant in nature—evident through even to the cornice work. Given that a living area should be relaxing and intimate, it comes as no surprise that a distinction between the zones has been created. In the background, you are treated to a view of the new kitchen, framed by the mouldings around the walls in such a manner it looks like a painting.
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