We all know that when it comes to housing, that big isn't necessarily better. In this petite yet powerful project, designed by Thomas Spiers Architects, the life of this Clapham home has been totally reinvented.
More often than not, when faced with a smaller space to work with, the finished product ends up being a far more resolved and well thought out home design. When space is at a premium and ideas run big alongside it, the genius of an architect is allowed to shine through. As you will soon see, a small extension has been built on the rear of this timeless brick home, which not only creates additional living space for the occupants, but also births a strong link, both visually and tangibly, between the outside and inside spaces.
On top of this, the interior is filled with optical treats; from stunning material finishes and a sleek colour palette, to a fluid and uninterrupted internal layout. Seeing is believing, so take a tour through this pocket-sized architectural wonder.
Project built by Upsher Harrison | Photography by James Whitaker Studio
What a picture perfect image! A wonderfully maintained period home has been treated to a modern and minimalist extension, showing off the flair of the architect and builder. It's not easy to merge two vastly different eras together but, as you can see, this has been achieved to great effect.
The almost translucent nature of the extension allows for seamless integration, blending with the existing home rather than overpowering it. The reflective finish on the glass makes the extension disappear into the distance, revealing itself again once the sliding doors are pulled back.
For those that are not architecturally trained, it's important to view the new floor plan to fully understand the relationship of the extension and the existing home.
As you can see, the new open plan living and kitchen area completely changes the spatial context of the home; from compartmentalised and partitioned, to spacious and airy. The occupants will seamlessly transition from the front section to the rear, where a big secret awaits guests at the rear.
From this angle, you can see the bright and light-filled kitchen and dining area from the perspective of the outdoor area. The colour palette is neutral and fresh, with the largely white-on-white scheme broken up by an energetic pop of red.
The position of the kitchen island creates a distinction between the two zones, yet doesn't break up the fluidity or expanse of the space.
A very special feature of this extension is the reclaimed fair-face internal brickwork, which complements the polished concrete floor and modern design details to great effect.
The contrasts in different material textures provide a sense of rhythm and variance to the interior decorating theme, allowing both our eyes and hands to curiously wonder from surface to surface.
Bringing the inside out, or the outside in, is far easier for these occupants than one might think. Often, inner city living leads us to live amongst the confines of a concrete jungle, having very little respite from the grind.
Now, the occupants of this stellar home can enjoy the outdoors in their remodelled garden space. The framed floor-to-ceiling glass doors not only help to flood the room in natural light, but also creates a wonderful juxtaposition between the world inside and outside.
For more British extension inspiration, check out: A Top-Drawer Victorian House Refurb.