This 3-bedroomed, split level Victorian house had been in the same family since the 1920’s but needed extensive remodelling to suit the needs of a young family: the third generation to live in the house. Our design involved creating a new entrance route through the house, doubling the size of the basement, and creating a new kitchen and dining space. The design was conceived as a continuation and expansion of the existing split level, stepped accommodation.
The new entrance was lowered and re-located to the side of the house and a new ‘utility strip’ was created housing coat storage, a herb patch and kitchen units. The new rear extension was formed three steps down to connect the entrance and basement levels and in order to provide a full ‘Victorian’ 2.9m floor-ceiling height. A thick step, with folding-sliding doors, to the garden serves as a bench for the dining room and a perch for children to play on a summer’s day.