My partner and I purchased a tired early Victorian House in De Beauvoir, North London in 2012. It was one of the few houses in the area that had not had the side extension built and offered a great opportunity to extend the house sideways and also at the back as it had a very large garden. We saw Martyn’s work initially on Pinterest and then we reviewed his website and were inspired by the modern and contemporary use of materials and clever design. Working with us together we developed a great plan and added simple yet effective details and were able to open up the house to the garden and add light throughout. It was a pleasure to work with him and his team.
When the owners purchased this property it was the only one in the street without a side extension, it was ‘the missing tooth’. Maximising planning gain was therefore reasonably straightforward. Most original detailing (cornicing, skirtings and architraves) had been lost, and the clients were keen to embrace the blank canvas to adopt a contemporary approach throughout, including replacing the existing Victorian stair with an open slatted oak stair top to bottom.
Both internally and externally the material palette is predominantly oak and silver-grey granite. Externally the fenestration is large fixed pane glazed screens in oak frames, oak shutters, and a sliding glazed oak door. The lower level extension is clad in vertical slatted oak panels alongside reclaimed London stocks. The same material vocabulary repeats up through the upper levels of the house.
De Beauvoir Town N1
Contract duration 26 weeks
Extension, Garden, Conservation, Refurbishment