Rosebery Road

Matthew Giles Architects

: Structural engineer: Michael Barclay Partnership Ltd, Glazing: L2i Ltd, Photographer: French + Tye

Set over four split floor levels, this north London home is an outstanding example of how to remodel and create high quality spaces within a typical semi-detached house. Expansive glazing and balconies open out to the garden below, and effortlessly combines tactile and inviting materials across the interior and exterior thresholds. A warm and earthy colour palette form an inviting atmosphere, while the clever design keeps the footprint of the extension to a minimum. The characterful facade, built in red brick with slated pitched roofs and decorative pargetted plasterwork, has been retained, while the interior has been entirely remodelled and upgraded.

Matthew Giles Architects had to sympathetically alter and replace earlier unsatisfactory additions, while introducing a new dark zinc roof dormer, new high-performance glazing, enlarged window openings, roof lights, and a striking rear extension to the ground and lower ground floors. Excavation to the front garden crucially enabled the introduction of a lightwell to illuminate the extended basement. The success of this project is a testament to the quality of the design and delivery by Matthew Giles Architects and clearly illustrates the value of retrofitting older properties through design-led, methodical, and meticulous interventions to achieve one-off interior spaces. Rosebery Road been designed to cater to daily life and routines, and makes full use of natural light while setting up contemplative views. The carefully chosen materials and finishes complete the effect and enhance the relationship between the home and its owners.