House of Design Architects

Brockley House

This project involved the full refurbishment of a terraced Victorian house in Brockley, SE London. The closet wing to the rear garden was demolished and squared off to create an open plan kitchen/dining/playroom with large format crittal-style french doors and single door giving a strong connection to the steeply terraced garden.

Cost and budget were a priority to the client and cost-effective materials, construction techniques and used wherever possible. The extension is timber framed and clad with cedar weatherboarding which gives it a warm, shed like connection to the garden. HoDA helped construct elements of the new kitchen including the birch plywood carcasses and the in-situ cast polished concrete worktop. Reclaimed Staffordshire blue quarry tiles in the kitchen continue out to form the lower patio surface, dissolving the boundary between internal space and external.

Elsewhere in the house the abundance of period features were retained and expertly restored using HoDA's extensive knowledge of sensitive restoration techniques of fireplaces, plaster mouldings, floorboards and stained glass. HoDA designed bespoke pieces of furniture to suit the requirements of the clients, such as a bed using birch ply offcuts that features low level book storage in removable cassettes to allow access to hollow storage below the mattress.