House extension in Stoke Newington


A contextual intervention at times when more and more houses require reconfiguration based on pre-existing extensions: in our case, an existing loft, which we could not change, and a side return requiring a complete reconfiguration.

The client, a family of four (+ Minxy the cat and Patty the dog) approached VATRAA to transform their house into a personalised space that incorporates their passions for music and art, while making the interior feel part of the garden, which was especially important for the recovery of their ill son. They were also keen to upcycle as many materials as possible and to incorporate an ASHP and PV panels. The ground floor extension is built with reclaimed bricks (many salvaged on site during the demolition of the old walls), stained to match the old loft slates and the upcycled garden pavers. The Victorian pitched roof inspired the angled glazed roof and garden planters. Each window frames a different part of the garden - a large tree, a green roof, a front planter, and a patio. Overall, a complete coherence occurs between the original building, the pre-existing loft, and the new ground floor extension and garden. The interior is both functional and personal. It incorporates all client's needs and passions for music and art in a relatively compact footprint. By bringing the client at the centre of the process and anchoring this personalised design within its context, the space became inviting, warm and connected to the outside - a space they now call home.