Completed in the summer of 2014 by the experts at Build Team, this stunning 60 m² wraparound extension in Clapham has given a totally new lease on life to the interior of this home. From the exterior you'd never be able to guess there was an extension at the back, nor have any idea of the chic modern interiors that it contains. We'd rather not give these away just yet as you'll soon learn what they are!
One of the hottest architecture trends at the moment are side return extensions, as these seemingly useless pockets of space are able to provide boundless possibilities for improving the internal spatial layout of a home. Originally used as passage from the rear kitchen door to the garden in the Victorian era, it's assumed they were put in place for occupants to be able to access the outhouse. Though this is up for debate, it cannot be denied they have provided an opportunity for architects to think well and truly outside the box!
Let's take a look around…
From the outside, we see a fairly typical frontage for the Clapham area. Red and brown brick are mixed together with elegant white archways and window details to remind us of the period of the home.
The height of the home allows an extension to be hidden away at the rear, avoiding any problems with upsetting the heritage style streetscape.
From this angle we are finally able to understand the new side return extension and visualise exactly how it works in wonderfully with the existing build.
The continuity provided by the brown brick allows the new living area to go totally unnoticed from the front. The black framework that houses the tracks for the bi-fold doors blends in nicely. Though it is obviously different in era, the geometric black frame creates a striking contrast.
Here we can see the line between inside and out is blurred thanks to the huge 6 metre wide bi-fold doors. It's almost as if the the entire wall can be open and closed at the wish of the occupants!
The layout of the furniture is clever, with the backs of the sofa forming an unobtrusive barrier between the two spaces. This type of planning is essential in open-plan living spaces, as it means it's possible to have intimate and private areas even when the expanse of space seems to be never ending.
The kitchen cabinets, evidenced in the rear of this image, have been painted a stunning shade of pale blue. Complementing the largely neutral colour palette, this subtle pop of colour helps to keep the ambience of the space serene and calm.
Tied in nicely to the sofas via a series of cushions, there is definitely an unspoken dialogue between these two areas. The set of wooden bar stools, which are positioned up against the kitchen island, create a casual space to dine, adding an element of functionality to a space as visually pleasing as this.
You can also see the glazed roof lantern that we mentioned in the introduction, which helps to bathe this already ethereal living space in natural light.
You'd never guess, but under the floor of the living area is a stunning spiral cellar! Sunken 2.5 metres into the ground, it provides the perfect environment to house a growing collection of wine.
It also means that the space on the ground-floor, in the kitchen or living room, for example, can be effectively used to house other household essentials.
What a serene and calming setting for a living room. The mixture of dusty pinks and purple creates a feminine and elegant atmosphere that's perfect to entertain friends or relax with a good book.
The attention to detail is in this space is obvious, from the mirrored furniture to the textured wallpaper, each and every element is conducive to a chic space.
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