DEDRAFT was appointed to fully reconfigure and revamp this post-war terrace house in Queens Park, London, built in 1958 to replace the original bomb-damaged Edwardian / Victorian terrace. The client, an interior designer had been drawn to the property’s unconventional charm – lack of architectural detailing to the front facade, the proportions and style of the steel-framed windows synonymous with the style of the time, and its unique contrast to the period properties that surrounded it.
Our initial response was to split the ground floor into thirds, dropping the rear third to form a much more efficient and functional relationship between the interior and the compact rear garden, The fragmenting and re-organisation of the ground floor, although much more open-plan retained a sense of the traditional room sets, delineated and demarcated through the form of curve-headed wall openings to soften and wrap each space. The extent of the adjustments necessitated major structural works to enable the existing upper levels to be adapted to suit the changing ceiling heights, extending the staircase to free up headroom below.
A more generous kitchen/dining space with walk-in pantry was created to the rear adjacent to the rear garden with floor-to-ceiling bifold doors and a offset rooflight flooding the two spaces with natural light. A central space to the ground floor features a home-working nook offering both a place of study, whilst retaining a connection to both the main reception and kitchen to the rear. A part-solid, part-open sprayed steel balustrade lines the stair as it ascends through the floors, featuring a subtle curved handrail, offering nod to the curved internal openings that link each of the ground floor spaces.
The central floor features a master suite compromising of a calm bedroom, bespoke walk-in wardrobe, and ensuite including the addition of a marble-lined steam shower.
The interiors are to be kept natural and neutral throughout with bespoke joinery and large-format white oiled oak flooring adding a warmth that unifies each space with a consistent and considered aesthetic. The interior is further enriched with a mix of vintage and contemporary pieces and lighting that echo the subtle, yet luxurious decoration throughout other Nune homes.
The choice of materials and finishes throughout were selected to provide an eco-friendly and healthy house with an emphasis on the specification of low-VOC, formaldehyde-free and non-toxic products including our first use of sheeps wool insulation.
The garden has been fully redesigned by GRDN as part of the wider works to make full use of what is a typical compact London garden
Collaboration / Interiors with Nune Nune
Project services being provided –
Obtain Building Control Approval
Detailed / Technical Design
Monitoring during Construction
Completion. April 2021
Photos. Renee Kemps