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A wine lover's dream home

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Oftentimes, it's the most simple things that have the greatest impact, and this is particularly true in reference to the London project we are privileged to tour through today. Located in chic suburb of Notting Hill, this Victorian style home has been updated in a remarkable way. Not only has it been extended in size through a side return extension, but it also houses a stellar underground wine cellar that must be seen to be believed!

It is especially rare to see double glazed units of this size installed to create the walls of a rear extension, even more so behind 5 storey houses. Fortunately, this challenge was welcomed with open arms by Culmax, as they were aware that very few companies had the knowledge or experience to be able to execute such a feat. The new interior of this home is simply remarkable; creating a stunning juxtaposition between internal and external spaces. A home that was once separated from its garden by walls, is now a haven of light and brightness with a new-found dialogue between the two spaces. Take a look…

The new extension

Pivot Door and Frameless Glass Box Extension:  Houses by Maxlight

Pivot Door and Frameless Glass Box Extension


The frameless glass box extension blends in perfectly with the existing brown brick exterior, merging the two obviously different styles together in perfect harmony. The translucent nature of the extension almost makes as feel as though there is nothing there at all…


Pivot door and Side Return Glass Box Extrensin:  Windows  by Maxlight

Pivot door and Side Return Glass Box Extrensin


In this image, you can see how the new living space opens up to the outdoors, blurring the line between inside and out. This is not your average glass door, however. Working on a pivot mechanism and staying open at a 90 degree angle, the door opens up to allow maximum light to penetrate the space, giving the occupants full access to the garden. The fact that it is one piece, instead of a series of doors, ensures the view is kept as unobstructed as possible.

Old vs. new

Side Return Glass Box Extension:  Windows  by Maxlight

Side Return Glass Box Extension


At last, we are treated a view inside where we can truly see the stunning effect created by the merger of the existing home and side return extension. The junction where the original cornice and new walls meet is beautiful—they have been seamlessly and perfectly integrated together as one. The exposed brick wall to the right of the image reminds us of the period of the home, adding a touch of the old in the mix with the new. The exciting pop of red provided by the L-shaped sofa adds a necessary touch of modernity, and helps the living room to stand out amongst the translucent nature of the extension.

It's in the details

Inside Out Glass Box Extension:  Conservatory by Maxlight

Inside Out Glass Box Extension


From this angle, we can see one of the frameless ceiling details inside the extension. Whether this is used to see the stars or to remember that you are indeed snugly nestled between two London homes, the effect caused by this translucent roof is truly spectacular. You can just imagine the changing face of this surface depending on the weather—in winter, it may be blanketed in snow, or a thin veil of springtime rain. Whatever the season, the interior face of the home will change depending on the colours and atmosphere seen outside.

Underground secrets

Walk-On Glass Ceiling to Wine Cellar:  Walls by Maxlight

Walk-On Glass Ceiling to Wine Cellar


Lastly, we are treated to the view that gives this ideabook the wine lover's title. Tucked underneath the new living room is this stunning wine cellar, which features an out of this world walk-on ceiling. Not only does it act as an incredible feature from a visual standpoint up above, but it is also a wonderfully unique way to house a growing wine collection. Made with temperature controlled walk-on glass, it is possible for the occupants to keep an eye on their prized possessions from a myriad of different angles.

If you enjoyed this glass box extension project, we recommend you take a look at this ideabook: Extraordinary glass extension in London

What is your favourite aspect of this glass box side extension? Let us know in the comments section below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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