The Internal lightwell
Location: Kersley Rd, N16
Side return for a terrace house
Why? Our clients, wished to extend their Victorian home in order to have a larger, eat in kitchen, and better relations with between kitchen and living areas. One of the main challenges in the project was to keep access, light and air to the basement room, previously opened to the garden. The garden itself had flowerbeds with mature plants that were very important for the family and had to be integrated into the design. The much-loved dog needed her own space in the kitchen where she spends most of her time. We created an internal light well, directly connecting the basement lounge, and office space, to the kitchen above, whilst keeping the basement well lit through a set of new roof lights. The dining table is positioned next to a new glazed seating area; due to its southerly orientation it provides a sunny spot near the garden; A large door, slides against the extended kitchen worktop area, opening up the space to the garden. The dog was not forgotten, she got a cosy and designed space between the dining table and the stairs leading down to the basement. Outside, the curved flowerbeds merge to become a bench, creating a seamless link between the garden and the internal part of the house.