Ashley Road

Matthew Giles Architects

Matthew Giles Architects have revitalised and expanded this Arts & Crafts style house, nestled in the London suburb of Thames Ditton. Inspired by the traditional timber weatherboarding used in the Thames Ditton Conservation Area, new dark timber clad, rear and side extensions disguise the new extensions from the front of house, and reference local materials found in neighbouring side passages – establishing a cohesive harmony within the existing rhythm of the street.

The family of six wanted to make their north facing, dark and cramped house more liveable and introduce an abundance of natural light. Therefore, Matthew Giles Architects developed a design that used as much of the existing fabric as possible, which both saved costs and allowed for an innovative, contemporary design that embraces sustainability. Wrapped in glazing, an open kitchen and dining area brings the family together, particularly at the kitchen table, where banquette seating evokes the sense of sitting in a semi-outdoor space with the smell of fresh air and flowers. Hard wearing, polished concrete floors complement the bespoke timber joinery – all designed by Matthew Giles Architects. Importantly, the new extension has been designed in conversation with a new garden building that doubles up as spare bedroom, office, music room, and shower. A series of dark timber louvres – a characteristic of Thames Ditton – reduces overheating by providing solar shading to the south facing façade. The main house extensions and garden building speak to each other through material form and detailing, across continuous open thresholds.