House in East London, 2015–18
One of a pair of 18th century cottages, at one time situated within a rural landscape at the edge of east London, the surrounding area was developed in the late 19th and early 20th century, and the cottages now form part of a suburban street. We were asked to reconfigure the existing house, to improve the relationship to the garden; adding a new study and remodelled kitchen at ground floor, and a bedroom and bathroom at first floor.
The kitchen leads to the study, with full-width glass doors facing the garden and a projecting bay providing a view back to the dining room across a courtyard. The new first floor bedroom has a small loggia that overlooks the garden whilst retaining privacy. A simple palette of exposed brick, plaster and linoleum is used internally. The new rooms are clad externally with black-stained timber boarding; a reference to the tarred weatherboarding once prevalent in rural Essex, and a bi-product of the 19th century industrialisation of the area.