Wellesley Avenue:  Houses by Millar+Howard Workshop

This genius extension makes the most of a tiny space

Johannes van Graan Johannes van Graan

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A rear extension is one of the most popular means of adding new space to a house. But what if there is no space at the rear? Then how about hooking up with the house next door?

The location? Wellesley Avenue. The professionals in charge? Millar+Howard Workshoparchitects from Gloucestershire. The project? An infill extension between two end-of-terrace properties, as well as some interior remodelling. 

Let’s check it out!

A wooden connection

It’s really not hard to spot the new structure that neatly fills up the space between the two houses – those caramel-toned timber surfaces couldn’t blend in with the exposed brick façades even if they tried. 

But we certainly don’t mind, as it provides a striking look (and style contrast) that is hard to ignore.

The timber structure

The addition to an eye-catching look from outside, this two-storey extension increases living space and helps to draw light inside. Built in timber frame and clad in Douglas fir with a sedum roof, the new extension also provides additional green space within the dense urban context.

And just see how wonderfully it opens up once those folding doors are zig-zagged aside to reveal…

A culinary creation

… a kitchen! Or more correctly, an open-plan layout that includes a kitchen and dining room

Thanks to the glass doors and elongated skylight, a gloomy ambience is the last thing this new extension needs to be worried about.

Stylish and functional

But ‘looking pretty’ is not all what it’s about, for a firm dose of functionality was included in this kitchen’s design as well. Case in point, the wall cabinetry and shelves which provide more-than-adequate space for storing and displaying a myriad of kitchen goodies. 

Further up ahead we can see the U-shaped layout of the kitchen, which neatly wraps the cook in a comfy hug while he/she is slicing and dicing (or stirring and whisking) away. 

An ingenious solution which turned out to be quite practical and stylish – bravo, professionals! 

For another add-on project, have a look at: The textbook terrace extension (with a sneaky surprise!).

We love it, but would much rather hear how YOU feel about this house’s look and layout...
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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