To give a new life to a ground floor of a Victorian terraced house in Highbury, north London, O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects was appointed to rearrange the layout and complement the original brick walls of the house. The firm which is led by Jody O’Sullivan and Amalia Skoufoglou has succeeded to introduce a material palette that offers a soften interior for the family with two children.
The Ground Floor
To build an open layout concept in this ground floor space, the architects have reconfigured a series of cramped spaces and an abandoned yard at the back of the building. The reconfiguration includes glazing which is able to create a stronger connection with the existing garden. Moreover, open plan was chosen as the homeowners wanted to own larger space for their family where they spend most of the time with.
To make an impression of a softer interior, textured brick and timber surfaces were being selected by the firm.
Main Communal Space
The remodeled ground floor has several main functions, such as the seating area, kitchen space, and dining room. Also, it acts as the main communal space for the Victorian home. The ground floor also can extend out onto a sunken patio which can be accessed through a large sliding door integrated into the glazed surface.
Remove the Walls
To provide more space around the dining area, unnecessary walls were removed. By removing the walls, the space is extended from the rear façade.
In addition, the remodel included pushing the end wall back towards the garden to articulate the façade. There is also a doorway which plays as an alternative way to access the garden without opening the sliding door which can be a drag during the cold season.
The new extension creates a textural contrast to the existing kitchen area. A new brick surface is exposed and finished with a white slurry. Douglas fir is used to support the extension’s new roof. You can also see a recessed shelving unit and bench in the dining area used in plywood form.
Classic Kitchen Unit
This classic kitchen unit features marble and stone tops with a roof light installed above the cooking areas. The roof light will allow natural light to pour into the kitchen. The polished concrete floor in this area unifies the space with the extension.
Sapele Wood Window
The window uses sapele wood in order to reflect the warm hues of the Douglas fir.
Aside from remodeling the ground floor, the bathroom on the first floor also has gone through some makeover. The bathroom used timber detailing as the ground floor area. The shower area in the bathroom has its own enclosure to separate from the rest of the space. A new roof light also installed in the shower.