Finchley Road Camden NW6 

Residential house extension and refurbishment

Project description : Residential house extension and refurbishment Finchley Road Camden NW6. Rear, side and roof extensions to a single family dwelling to include full refurbishment, interior design and alterations.

As featured in iBuild magazine Impressive renovation case study: South Hampstead residential house extension – February 2024

Period and house type

A mid-terraced building with a three storey rear return with a flat roof, built between 1879 and 1900 in the South Hampstead Conservation Area in London Borough of Camden.

The property had previously been extended with a single storey rear extension that had the same width as the rear return and with a much smaller structure for a toilet attached to it.

The house was dated, it was in pretty poor condition, and it required substantial refurbishment works to update its fabric, bring it back to life and to make it suitable for a modern family living.

How we responded to the client’s brief

On the ground floor we decided that the previously added extensions actually restricted how we could create open plan spaces that allowed generous circulation and a better connection (visual, physical) with the garden.

Typically later additions to terraced houses were done with no consideration to how the living spaces could or would connect to the rear garden.

Historically and for many years the focus in a house were the front reception rooms that emotionally and intellectually and in design terms were meant to turn their back to the rear of the house. This reflected the social values and culture of the time.

Times have changed and priorities for modern families have changed too.

Part of the transformation we wanted to carry out for this house was about finding a way to turn the ground floor layout back and re-orientate it to face the garden. To wrap around parts of the garden. To create a non-linear interface with the garden. And to bring the garden as close as possible to the living areas while also push living area deeper into the garden.

This is reflected in the L-shaped layout of the ground floor towards the rear. Towards the front of the ground floor we removed the existing walls that created this historic separation of the front rooms from the rest of the house.

In order to make sure that the living spaces are well defined, in proportion with the rest of the house and in proportion with eachother, we added steps down to the new kitchen + dining area towards the garden to mark the transition between the various functions across the ground floor.

We did not want to create an endless sequence of living areas of the same height and proportions as part of an open plan layout. It was important to create cosy corners and areas of activities for the whole family and the kids for different times of the day and to accommodate different social circumstances.

At roof level we had the opportunity to create more bedroom space however the homeowners decided on a “less is more” approach and they simply focused on what they needed from the house rather than try to maximise the floor space for the sake of it.

This meant that the new dormer roof extension was used to bring additional light at roof level and it was designed as part of opening up the second floor ceiling to create a grand double height space over the master-bedroom area.

There is a staircase to the mezzanine level to be used as a study / home work area.

The master-bedroom was designed to create a unique spatial experience. It achieved this through combining the views, character and full light coming from 3no. late Victorian front windows with the very contemporary and functional sequence of spaces in this double height volume.

George

RIBA Chartered architect, GOAStudio London residential architecture limited

“We approached George for our rear, side and loft extension because of our friend’s recommendation. At the time, we met several architect and George turned out to be best – not only his in-depth knowledge of council planners, but also his empathic listening.

It approves we are right. In fact, we had a bit issue with planner during the application process – the planner was changing her mind and was asking for a major change near the approval. George acted quickly and fight for our side, he even filed complaint to the senior planner. In the end, we got exactly what we are asking for with no delays. We cannot achieve it without help from George.

Actually, before I wrote the review for George, I took a look on the other reviews and would like explain the way we see George and his work. Each council has their own rules in planning permission, it can vary from one planner to the other, but the fundamental cannot be challenged. The architect does not have much impact on the planner, i.e. it is unlikely to have one architect to get council approved for a complicated planning case, while the others cannot. We are in Camden – one of the most strict councils in the London. The first time I met with George, he told me what can be achieved and what the planner does not like straight away. We did come across some architects that gave us the false promise, which cannot be approved by the council. I understood that some home owners may want to push the boundaries, hoping to get more approved. In that case, the result can make them a bit disappointing.

Again thank you so much for George’s help, we are really happy with our new home!”

Candy

Client

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Bits and pieces

Initial home consultation for a residential house extension and refurbishment and advice on how to maximise what can be achieved with this single family dwelling at Finchley Road Camden NW6, measured survey and production of existing set of drawings, planning stage design and submission, obtaining planning approval, preparation of technical Building Regulations stage information and obtaining Building Regulations approval.

  • Client – Private
  • Location – Finchley Road, Camden NW6
  • Currently – Completed in Summer 2020
  • Interior Design – Ni Design Interiors.
  • Photography – Darren Chung
  • Publications – iBuild Magazine, February 2024.

Click to read our Camden residential architect and planning guide that includes detailed planning and design advice for your home project. For inspiration and ideas see below some of our other residential projects in Camden.

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iBuild magazine – Impressive renovation case study – South Hampstead residential house extension – February 2024

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Let's chat

If you need expert advice from an RIBA Chartered Architect please email us at george@goastudio.co.uk with the following:

  • the full address of your property,
  • a couple of photographs showing the areas you would like to extend and renovate,
  • a brief description of the changes you would like to carry out to your home, and
  • any estate agent or similar plans you might have available.

We will

  • assess the information and get back to you with initial advice about what might be feasible,
  • search the public planning records of your local authority to find similar planning approvals nearby,
  • prepare a free consultation to include information on design ideas, architectural fee estimates, project stages and requirements, and
  • afterwards we will prepare a detailed fixed fee proposal to cover the architectural services you will need for your project.

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