Design Project: See how a period property has been adapted for the 21st century

This period property is made modern through a striking rear extension, modern kitchen and bathrooms, while living spaces at the front have retained period details

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The property

A five-bedroom semi detached neo-Georgian family home in Dulwich Common, South London, was crying out for a better layout.

Built in the 1930’s, the original interior layout never presented the same grandeur or precision that the exterior displays. A series of badly planned spaces meant a dark interior with long corridors and little views of the surrounding garden. 

The owners brought on Gruff Architects to unlock the potential of the internal space as well as extend the house to accommodate a new kitchen and dining room and connect the inside of the house to the surrounding garden. 

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The new extension

A new brickwork extension was created at the rear of the property for the kitchen and dining spaces.

The brick panels and glazed proportions sit in context with the precise neo-Georgian exterior whilst also presenting a modern application of the traditional material. The woven brickwork panel section, crafted in collaboration with a team of specialists, reflects the livelihood of the client as a textile designer.

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Living area

Gruff Architects stripped the house back and relocated the main staircase and circulation to a central location allowing new connections and original feature windows to be celebrated. 

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The parquet floors and original windows, with traditional radiators underneath, help to create a period feel in the living room. But there are some modern details too, for example with the sage green walls and painted mantelpiece.

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Kitchen

The new layout creates compositional views that go across rooms, always leading through light filled spaces and beyond to views of the garden.

The new, modern kitchen in particular features strikingly modern windows, with one that stretches right up and seamlessly connects with the skylight above it. 

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Bedroom

Bedrooms have also been given a fresh and up-to-date look, featuring brass bedside wall lamps and matching switches, a calming blue palette and a linen-upholstered bed and headboard.

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Master bathroom

The en-suite master bathroom features a modern scheme of vertical bathroom wall tiles and on-trend brass detailing.

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Family bathroom

Meanwhile the family bathroom features an original arched window, and is kept modern with a new freestanding bath, chic marble tiles and blush pink bathroom walls.

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Design Team Architect: Gruff Architects