The client’s brief was for Chiverton Architects to design an extension to a Victorian house that would work as a multi-generational home and make a better connection to the garden. ‘I grew up in a Merchant Builders house which was heavily influenced by mid-century Danish modernism’ notes the client ‘and I wanted the new house to be influenced by this’.

This translated it self into a building that uses simple forms, natural finishes and plenty of natural light. Exposed brickwork is used to give texture and warmth is gained by oak floors and cedar windows – all oiled with a matt finish. Formally the house tumbles down the site to maintain a close connection to the garden so that it is possible to step out from the kitchen to grab some vegetables or go for aswim from the living area on a hot day. The result is an airy house that feel sun complicated and light to be in.

The integrated silent UM-9S rangehood is an understated addition to this light-filled kitchen. Designed to silently eliminate smoke and odours efficiently and quietly.

Design: Chiverton Architects

Photographer: Tatjana Plitt

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