This West London extension combines modern open plan space with Art Deco inspired style. From the reclaimed parquet wooden floor to the aluminium heritage French doors, designed to match the appearance of traditional steel doors, the project provides the perfect combination of new and old.
The brief from the owners of the semi-detached house originated from the desire for a larger open-plan kitchen space to create a space the whole family could use. The solution was a single story stepped extension with flat roof which opened up the back of the house and created the much sought-after living area.
Built in the late 1920s the existing house already included a number of Art Deco inspired features, including stained glass above the front door, and the owners were keen to continue the style through into the extension. To achieve this they opted for IDSystems aluminium Heritage Doors in French door configurations, with matching sidelights and over light windows.
We had originally looked at Crittall steel doors for the extension, but to opt for those would have meant cutting back on a lot of the other features in the house and we weren’t prepared to do that. The aluminium doors provide the exact ‘steel look’ we were after and we are thrilled with how the project turned out.
The slender frames of the Heritage Doors offer modern thermal, security and weather performance compared to traditional steel doors, whilst maintaining the neo-industrial look that became so popular in the period in which the house was originally built.
To complement the doors the owners opted for a parquet floor, which was salvaged and reconditioned before being laid throughout the ground floor of the house. With 10ft high ceilings the extension is a bright and open space, with light flooding in through the south facing doors and windows. Two sets of French doors and surrounding fixed frames are connected by a central fixed frame window set at right angles to the rear elevation, drawing even more light into the room.
Set into the roof above the dining table a large flat roof light helps fill the space full of natural light, whilst also drawing the light deeper into the rooms of the existing house, ensuring they are just as bright and inviting as the new open-plan space.