Essex Glamour:  Windows  by Nic  Antony Architects Ltd

Giving an Essex Home Some Glamour

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK

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Here on homify, we have a blossoming range of projects that tell one story on the outside and another on the inside. Though it might be trendy to undertake rear extension projects in Britain these days, a lot of skill and resolve is needed to ensure that the extension is completed correctly and as sensitively as possible to the original house.

The project we're privileged to tour today is really something out of the ordinary, teaching us that appearances can indeed be deceiving. The expert architects at Nic Antony are responsible for the glamorous and exciting extension work on this Essex home. As you'll soon see, the interior is a wonderful melange of exciting colours and material textures, which have been married together into this brand new living, dining and kitchen area. This is definitely a space that the occupants can be proud to call their own!

Join us for a look around…

Before: An unassuming exterior

From the outside this typical red brick home with pitched roof is fairly standard for the Chigwell area.

Street appeal

Little would you know from looking at the exterior, that a very modern extension and interior design scheme is holed up inside.

The beauty of these types of renovation projects is that the street face of the property remains intact and the same, causing no disturbance to neighbours or the history of the area. Stoic and grand, the home stands two storeys tall, yet clearly needed to expand to the growing needs of 21st century life.


Voilà! Here is our first view of the prized extension work. Blending into the existing property wonderfully, the seamless integration of new and old is truly a feat in itself. 

The translucent nature of the extension allows the glass and steel to blend in, rather than sticking out and overtaking the exterior façade. It also reflects the beautiful garden to the rear of the home, helping to make the extension as unobtrusive as possible.

Inside, out

In this image, we're able to fully understand what the extension looks like when it's opened up to the outside. The doors, which have folded back almost all the way, totally blur the line between inside and out. Now it's possible to relax and entertain in a wide variety of climatic conditions, and even host the most amazing parties that would surely spill out from the house and into the garden.

An interesting design aspect is the choice of floor tiling. If you look closely, the materials are different but the colour choice is extremely similar, meaning we're tricked into almost thinking the floor is never ending.

Colour pop

One of the standout features in the kitchen is indeed this glamorous splashback. The glossy, grape purple finish is back-lit, causing the stellar effect seen here. The choice of colour looks great in relation to the largely grey and white space and is bang on trend, adding a completely new dimension to the sleek kitchen area.

Nowadays it's possible to inject our personality and taste into even the most seemingly ordinary space. Long gone are the times of only white laminate or tiled splashbacks! 

Open plan living

Here we can see the relationship between the three difference zones that occupy this space. To the left there's the dining room; to the rear the kitchen; and to the right the primary living room. The lack of partitions allows this space to feel free and open, with the distinction between different zones being created by the positioning of various elements of furniture.

The colour palette is also something to marvel at, with a stunning monochromatic example of grey, black and white dominating the space. Despite the use of neutral tones, the choice of material textures has allowed the room to feel warm and inviting. 

Fun times ahead

No family home would be complete without a place where both adults and kids can relax, watch a movie or play games. In this setting there's a comfortable leather couch and bean bags, which are the perfect additions for a night in!

The contrast provided by the colour palette is both unique and exciting, with deep shades of grey and black known to complement the vivaciousness of bright orange. The difference in material textures is also fun for both visual and tactile senses, with our eyes wanting to touch the soft rug, the sleek leather and softness of the bean bag.

To see another exciting extension project, check out: A Top-Drawer Victorian House Refurb.

Were you a fan of that bold kitchen splashback?!
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