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This is a project of full refurbishment and extension of a terraced house in Raynes Park for a young family of three. The property was in a very bad condition, with modest footprint and dysfunctional layout. The scope for extending beyond the current outline was very limited.

Location: Raynes Park, London

Status: Under construction

Type: Private residential refurbishment and extension

The replacement of the existing lean-to with a new volume and the rear mansard roof extension were the only new additions. Focusing on the garden’s single opening to the horizon that coincided with the southern light was the driving force for the new volume’s design. The tilted facade directs the views away from the rear elevations of the opposite terrace, whilst maximising the light entering the house. This geometry is articulated internally with the exposed timber joists and the trapezoid rooflight in the abutment with the original fabric.

The bricks used for the new extension are Staffordshire blue laid vertically, emphasising the juxtaposition between the old and the new. The timber infill roof construction projects gently itself externally between the vertical heavy side walls and softens the composition. The internal timber flooring is equally laid in the newly introduced design axis, creating the optical illusion of a larger room. The monolithic terrazzo kitchen island stands emphatically in the middle of the new room. The size of the intervention is minimal but its strong character profoundly defines the design approach.