When this developer came to Resi, they were keen to expand this Victorian period property, in order to get maximum returns from the future sale. However, we did such a good job, that the client actually decided to live there himself! Showing no one can resist good design.
Starting out, the client wanted to expand the rear of his property, and create a large kitchen/dining area that could be used by the family, along with a sociable environment for friends to visit and be entertained. In order to achieve this, we decided to create a wraparound extension, one that expands the space from both the rear and the side.
Because we wanted this new space to feel as open as possible, we worked alongside a structural engineer to help us design a room that wouldn’t be broken up by any columns. To achieve this, we used recessed steelwork to give clean lines, with a hidden crank beam nestled into the structural [party wall](https://resi.co.uk/advice/general/what-is-a-party-wall). To avoid any conflict with neighbours, we advised our client on party wall matters, sparing them any legal headaches.
As a beautiful period property, our client was keen to retain some of the natural charm of the building, while also having those flashes of a modern touch. For that added WOW factor, we went with creating a glazed roof. Though more expensive than traditional skylights, it really helped to open up the space and bring that all important light in throughout. And for that classic touch? We created an exposed brick wall, made from London stock bricks. A homage to the home’s history in the capital.
Lastly, to tie everything together with the home’s fantastic outdoor space, we added large sliding glass doors. Allowing any occupant to move seamlessly from kitchen to garden, especially in those summer months. And with so many wonderful features, is it any wonder this developer couldn’t bear to part with this home?