Highlever Road forms part of a red brick Edwardian development, built as one of the earliest parts of London to focus on rail travel instead of horses. As such, the mews typology, familiar to many Victorian housing developments in neighbouring areas, is rare in this part of town.
Unmodernized since the 1950s and neglected for decades, the house was in a state of decay when Woldon were first engaged to lead a redesign. The renovation proposals were comprehensive including the addition of a side extension and occupation of the roof void, to consolidate the house into a modern family home.
Care was taken to preserve valuable architectural details where possible. The side extension was constructed from reclaimed imperial Red Rubber bricks to match the existing house and original glazed tiling uncovered and restored. Sections of ceiling were removed in the first-floor bedrooms to create bright double height spaces lined with tongue and groove timber.
A second phase of work involved a redesign of the children’s double height bedroom. A compact design proposal introduced a new platform hung from the roof to create bed space with joinery and desk space beneath.
Client: Private Client
Construction Value: Undisclosed
Location: Kensington & Chelsea, London
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