Studio Webster Dale has worked their magic on a charming 5-bedroom terrace in South London, turning it into a bright and inviting home. The result is a space that perfectly caters to the unique needs of their clients, who both work from home. They were looking for a design that not only had character but also provided ample space for entertaining, reflecting their vibrant lifestyle.
The couple was growing increasingly dissatisfied with their gloomy, cramped kitchen that only had access to the garden through a shoddy extension housing the utility room. They had a bold vision for a spacious, open-plan area and were willing to invest in top-notch materials to achieve it. The plan was to create a stunning copper-clad rear extension that seamlessly connected to the existing outrigger.
To maximize the view and create a sense of openness, the studio designed slimline sliding doors that were set back from the extension, with cedar-clad reveals that provided natural shading. This allowed uninterrupted views of the garden and the beautiful fields beyond. Architects also made sure to incorporate ample storage space, both inside and outside the kitchen, as it was a key priority for our clients.
The garden played a crucial role in this project, as it was designed to be an extension of the living space. The design team carefully selected a cohesive palette of materials and colors, incorporating bold textures and fittings. The centerpiece of the kitchen was an impressive polished concrete island, which matched the polished concrete flooring that extended out to the patio. This design choice was reflected in the garden seating area and BBQ, creating a sense of solidity that was balanced by delicate light fixtures and playful touches of copper on the backsplash.
Throughout the house, Studio Webster Dale used bespoke joinery made from natural birch plywood, creating a consistent theme. In the bathroom, they confidently incorporated terrazzo, with hints of deep terracotta in the paintwork, tying in with the natural copper accents and giving the house its unique character.
One of the owners is an artist and illustrator, so the architects decided to raise the ceiling of her studio above the extension. They added a large plywood-clad window and a skylight on the roof, providing ample natural light and creating a living space for her work from home. In addition, the design team included a small storage loft, accessed via a new plywood storage ladder.
Each area of this project was carefully designed to meet the needs of the clients and provide livable, joyful spaces that bring a smile to their faces.