This classic Paddington terrace was well past its prime, when the clients purchased it. But the clients had a clear vision of what was to be achieved right down to the monochrome colour palette.
With no time to be wasted, the building approvals were sought in a hybrid solution; using a development application to Council for certain heritage aspects and a private certifier approving the compliant development works. This allowed for a much expedited start of construction. As the house featured almost no original heritage fabric, extensively altered features such as the fire places and stairs were removed. The wall dividing a skinny kitchen from the side courtyard breezeway was demolished to make most of the width of the terrace. Large skylights provide in the new extension roof provide exponentially more natural daylight when compared to traditional terrace houses.
By lowering the upper level ceiling and fitting a dormer window, the unused roof cavity was converted into an attic bedroom with ensuite. A further skylight placed into the roof at attic level above the stair well paired with the new delicate open stairs allows for additional natural light to the attic and to transition to the centre of the terrace.
The result is an open plan modern home meeting the client’s 21st century needs, hidden behind the quintessential Victorian terrace facade.