Built in 1894 this property was originally a foundry but has fallen into disrepair over the last decade and has suffered from a number of unsympathetic alterations. There is a triangular, tapered yard to the rear of the building which had previously been used as an external storage space.
The client wants to transform the property into a private, accessible home. The redesign includes a platform lift and generous circulation space to allow easy access between and throughout each level. The empty loft will be transformed into a second floor with two new dormer windows and three conservation style roof lights. The front and flank walls will be repaired but the rest of the structure requires total replacement. The proposals include a ground floor extension which allows for a first floor terrace above, which will incorporate a number of walk-on roof lights. The layout of each floor plan has been completely redesigned by SGA to meet the client’s brief.
The original Victorian details on the front elevation, including the brick rubber arches, will be restored, while the later alterations will be removed to create a cohesive and attractive elevation which is visible from the adjacent conservation area.
The client intends to live day-to-day on the first floor while the ground and second floors will be used for entertaining and hosting family. The proposed design keeps the ground and second floors as open-plan as possible to maintain flexibility.
The triangular yard to the rear of the house will be converted into a modern, high quality, single-storey storage facility which will retain its own private access and could be rented out to generate income.
The proposals were initially discussed with the local planning authority in a pre-application submission and full planning permission was secured at the end of 2016. The detailed and technical design was completed in 2017 and the project is due to start on site in early 2018.
Project Location: Latimer Road, London
Sussex Holiday Lets
Two new build holiday lets have been designed in the Sussex countryside. Conceived as simple volumes the two units are connected via a glazed link which allows for internal access between them, should they be rented by one large party.
The vertical black timber cladding references the Sussex vernacular style and high quality, aluminium framed sliding doors have been specified, allowing for expansive views over the countryside. Electricity will be provided via solar panels installed on nearby barns and electric car charging points have been included as part of the scheme.
Internally, each unit has a separate bedroom and bathroom as well as an open plan living space. The larger of the two units has a mezzanine platform providing additional sleeping accommodation. Both units have generous rooflights to allow for star-gazing in this area of rare dark skies. Natural finishes have been chosen throughout.
The holiday lets have been designed as pre-fabricated units which will be made off site and transported by lorry. This minimises the time required for installation on site: reducing what would have taken months, to a matter of weeks.
Rossetti Garden Mansions
The brief was to create a light, airy and neutral space which could later be personalised by the client using furniture and artwork. The layout was reconfigured to allow for more generous living spaces, as well as creating an additional ensuite to the master bedroom. A new large opening was created between the sitting room and hallway to allow light into what was previously a dark corridor.
All of the built-in joinery is bespoke and was carefully designed by SGA to create a balance of display and storage spaces. The bathrooms have maximised the available space and previously blocked up windows have been uncovered to allow more natural light into these rooms.
The original timber sash windows were fully restored to ensure the character of the flat was retained. Traditional architraves, skirtings and cornices were specified in keeping with the period property, which is a traditional mansion block close to Sloane Square. The flat was fully re-wired and re-plumbed and new finishes and fittings were installed throughout.
The project was completed in August 2018.
Location: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London Photography: Yates Create Ltd
Nature & Wellbeing Centre
This scheme was developed as a competition entry for the Sevenoaks Nature & Wellbeing Centre.
The proposal prioritises open, accessible, sociable spaces, which invite the light, colours and textures of the woodland and lake deep into the interior: deliberately blurring the boundary between inside and out.
Inside the Centre, exhibitions are displayed along the lake edge of the building: combining circulation and gallery spaces. An undulating glass screen cants gently outward to eliminate any effect of glare on waterfowl on the lake below. The glazing is shaded by a screen of horizontal timber slats, irregularly spaced to modulate views and sunlight.
The proposal was designed in collaboration with Gabriel Warshafsky and Jonathan Yates. The Quantity Surveyor was Matt Wenham.
This chalet-style property was originally built in the 1950s and further changes, including a ground floor extension and partial loft conversion, had been carried out in the 1980s; both of which had been completed well below current building standards.
While the client wanted to retain the existing footprint of the property, a full refurbishment and redesign was required, including upgrading the existing building fabric.
The property is within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and planning permission was secured for a number of external changes including new door and window openings and re-landscaping the garden. Large Velux roof lights were installed together with high performing aluminium/timber composite Velfac doors and windows. The existing balcony was stripped back and rebuilt with a glazed balustrade, providing unobstructed views to the countryside beyond.
The entire first floor structure required replacement and there was the opportunity to transform the unused roof space into an additional bathroom and bedroom on this level. Because of the extensive structural works required, the layout was completely redesigned to create a more efficient plan. The ground floor structure was upgraded and insulated; underfloor heating was installed below the new engineered timber floor. Both chimneys required repair works and the flues were re-lined to allow for wood burning stoves in both the main living room and dining room. New bathrooms, kitchen and internal finishes throughout were designed as part of the project.
The project was completed in August 2017.
Project Location: Mayfield, East Sussex Photography: Yates Create Ltd
A feasibility study was undertaken to explore options for the combination of two adjacent mews properties in the Knightsbridge conservation area. Several alternatives were developed, one of which included the introduction of a double height space in the main living area to create a visual connection between the levels and to allow natural daylight deeper into the plan.
The proposed scheme includes the excavation of a new basement containing a gym, wine store and home office.
Working closely with the client, the preferred layout has been developed into a pre-application planning advice submission to Westminster council.
Project Location: Westminster, London
This semi-detached 19th century property is in a conservation area in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Consisting of three storeys, the client wanted to explore options for dividing the property into a separate lower ground floor flat with a two-storey house above.
Three layout options of varying complexity were developed and costed by an independent quantity surveyor. The most radical option involved relocating the existing staircase to one side of the property and introducing a double height slot window adjacent to it, which would overlook the garden. This option also involved a ground floor extension to allow for a large combined kitchen / dining room to the rear and a roof light above. The design for the lower ground floor included a generous master bedroom with ensuite and open plan living area with bi-fold doors onto the patio area.
Project Location: Hammersmith, London
This detached Edwardian property is within the Tunbridge Wells conservation area. Planning permission was secured for a number of alterations including the demolition of a single storey lean-to scullery at the rear of the property and the installation of two large crittall-style doors in newly formed openings. A timber deck and canopy was designed to provide a defined area for outdoor dining.
Other changes include the demolition of the chimney breast between the existing kitchen and dining room, in order to create an open-plan space leading onto the garden. A new slot window will be inserted on the side elevation at first floor to allow natural light into the currently dark landing.
The project is currently on site.
Project Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent
A feasibility study was undertaken for this four-storey mews property in the Bayswater conservation area.
The entrance hall has been redesigned and opened up to the basement below, allowing natural light into the previously dark space. An additional two bedrooms have been located on the ground floor while the open-plan kitchen/dining/living space is at first floor and receives the best natural light from both front and rear windows.
A new master suite has been located on the top floor and includes a new dormer window and several roof lights.