A House For Four is a modest 5m2 side extension that transforms the ground floor living space of this Victorian terrace property. A new stepped dormer creates a bedroom in the roof space, allowing the clients two young children to have their own bedrooms. Both new additions address the street, with a shiplapped larch timber referencing the existing brick gable end and roof tiles respectively. The material palette internally is robust and natural. Douglas fir timber, fair faced planished block work and exposed plaster create a space where virtually no paint or supplementary finishes are used. For both environmental and practical reason, reducing the amount of construction layers and finishes was an important factor.
Designed by Harry Thomson architects this project uses standard elements in bespoke ways throughout, the larch cladding painted with a matt black barn paint and applied so that the wood grain is still visible, creating a subtle articulation of the facade. The plaster on the walls and ceilings in the kitchen is left exposed, the dusty pink colour complimenting the Douglas fir timber frame and creating a visual warmth.