Lenthall Road, E8
Double-fronted, part 2- and part 3-storey Victorian house in conservation area
Side return extension, first floor extension, full-house refurbishment
Having previously worked on designer Kristina Mikas’s own house, we were delighted to bid for and win a large extension and refurbishment project she had designed for her clients.
As shown in the exterior ‘before’ photo, the rear of the existing house had had a series of poor alterations, which created a dysfunctional internal layout and disconnection with the garden. Due to the extent of the external changes needed, and being located within a Conservation Area, the new extension was designed to complement the main house’s period architecture, while remaining distinctive and modern.
Internally, the original front rooms on the ground floor are cleverly separated from the new open-plan living space by a bold dark green sliding wall. Similarly, on the first floor, a dark green hall demarcates the ‘old’ front rooms from the new rear section, which houses additional bedrooms, a bathroom and a utility room.
As well as building the new extension, we replaced the heating system, installed a new roof, refurbished the older part of the house and landscaped the garden. The design included greatly improved insulation and energy efficiency and a green roof over the rear living room.
Overall, through strategically placed roof lights and windows, the property has gained an enormous amount of space and natural light and is a great example of the benefits of smart, thoughtful design and good quality construction.