We remodelled the frontage of this modest 1950s detached house in the North Wimbledon Conservation Area to improve its external appearance. Obtaining permission for a modern extension of this type in a protected Conservation Area is by no means a given. Any proposal must be of sufficient quality to ‘enhance’ the environment and street-scene, so we were delighted when our plans were accepted.
We knocked two car garages into one and removed a steep entrance stair. The new roof wraps up-and-over the garages and entrance door to increase the scale of the frontage. We enhanced the garage frontage with a glazed box window for displaying artwork. The new entrance stairs meander around the property to a new platform at the entrance. Planting around this new entrance integrates the composition with the beds. New lighting comes on in the evening and picks out character details, whilst providing ambient light on the driveway.
- Project Category: Conservation
- Project Details: 4-bedroom detached house with a large car garage and front entrance access steps
- Specific needs: Modernisation of a conservation area property
- Project year: 2019
- Location: Wimbledon
“I don’t think that architecture is only about shelter… it should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think.”
– Zaha Hadid
“Keith had many excellent ideas for the house and worked very well with the builders. We would, without reservation, recommend Keith to anyone in need of an architect and have already done so on several occasions.”
– Charlotte Hilton