This lovely family home situated on a popular 1930’s street in the heart of Hampstead Garden Suburb has recently undergone a full renovation and rear extension. The addition of a baby put pressure on the family to reimagine the house for the needs of the 21st-century, whilst respecting the history of a conservation area. Not always an easy feat, but XUL Architecture rose to the challenge and the results are utterly charming.
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It was important to bring light into the interior and the architects have used ingenious ways such as light panels either side of the front door drawing light into a previously dark entrance hall. As you arrive in the space, the view through to the garden is unobstructed with a clear line through the hallway and past the natural tones of the kitchen carpentry. This is always an effective way of bringing in yet more lights and linking the inside and outside spaces. Not something that was a high priority in the 1930’s.
A subtle rear extension then created space for a skylight to fill the kitchen with light whilst staying within the guidelines of the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust.
Thoughout, the clients chose a cool palette of blues and greens creating a cosy space in the evening, whilst during the day the rooms are filled with light and warmth.
The house also now has clearly defined spaces for the family to live in, moving away from the trend of the last decade to open spaces up. We have the Pandemic to thank for this new trend. Working from home with a young family creats a real need for partitioned spaces that can be used at different times of the day. But importantly these spaces all flow easily from one to another with the option of closing off for those important video meetings.
Moving upstairs, the architects have opened up the ceilings where possible. While the family bathroom and master bedroom have moved to the loft space to take advantage of the generous ceiling height that Hampstead Garden Suburb houses are renowned for. This has helped to bounce light around and make the spaces more visually appealing. Finally, the joinery in the loft rooms really makes best use of the substantial eaves.
Photography by Matt Clayton.