Architect’s idea was to redefine the conventional terraced-house extension with a sculptural brick form. Argyll supported the process with technical proposals. After much contemplation the roof was formed with stepped laser cut steel superstructure, infilled with spray foam insulation. This steel was clad with OSB and top seal GRP, the external bricks are protected with an imbedded sealant and waterproof mortar. The soffit was formed with a brick slips suspended on preformed cladding boards.
Internally, the kitchen has been relocated to the front of the house, with original features retained and emphasised by dark colours. A polished concrete floor to the rear seamlessly transitions to narrow planks parquet with aligned joints in the dinning room changing again in the kitchen to micro screed and then marble slabs in the WC.
A light-well with stepped glass to mirror the form of the roof brings light into the centre of the house creating a fantastic sense of space and light. The brick, left exposed inside and out, is celebrated in a way that respects the existing house while moving away from the traditional period property architecture.
Photography: Ben Blossom
Project value: £750k
Architect: Bureau de Change
Completed: Dec 2017
Structural engineer: Nous
Awards: Shortlisted for the ‘Don’t Move Improve 2019’, ‘Best House of the Year’ and ‘The Sunday Times’ awards.