Kira & Jonathan’s home

Zminkowska De Boise Architects

The remodelling of a semi-detached, two-storey Edwardian house and gardens in north London with the addition of a side single-storey extension, courtyard patio, garden studio, loft conversion and dormer extension, to create a family home for a couple, their four pre-teen and teenage children, and two dogs.

Kira & Jonathan both regularly work from home, they each have a son and a daughter from previous relationships, and they have two dogs. As such, they have a lively household which can contract to one, or expand to six, plus family and friends, at different times, and on different days, from week to week. The existing house had a typical ā€˜Lā€™ shaped plan, with a wider part at the front, and a narrower one at the rear and a cellular layout. The resulting spaces were too small, too dark, and too disconnected to successfully balance the competing demands of home-working, home-studying, and communal family life. Zminkowska De Boise Architects proposed a series of moves to balance these demands and to make a family home fit for contemporary life. These moves make for a multi-layered sequence of spaces, which can be physically and visually opened up to, or closed off, from each other when required, to enable family members personal space to work and study separately, and for whoever is around to come together for meals, to play games, to watch TV, or to just hang out.