A perfect match on Design for Me… for a full renovation and extension.

Clients Valerie and Zabed posted their project to Design for Me, looking for a talented architect for a full renovation and extension to their home in Tooting, South London. They registered their project with just a few key details and we instantly matched them up with some fantastic residential architects.

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Jon and Simon (left), based in Southwark, South London, were appointed and started work on the concept design.

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The design

The project involved a full renovation, loft conversion and rear extension that completely transformed this client’s home. The rear extension, with it’s minimally framed projecting glass bay, transforms the living area into a vast, light space that opens up to the garden.

“The bay allowed us to squeeze that little bit of extra living space beyond the established line of adjacent extensions. The planting in the garden also extends alongside the glass ends of the bay, visually bringing the garden into the interior of the space. A long strip roof light at the back of the living space provides soft light at the back of the plan, also lighting the kitchen which is located in the centre of the house.”

The extension is built using striking black brickwork with mortar to match, which is also continued internally above oak joinery. This provides interest, texture and warmth while retaining a minimalist aesthetic. It also provides a sense, internally, of the mass of the extension.

Simon and Jon designed built-in oak furniture to three sides of this sunken living room to maximise its potential as a social and functional space. To one side is a desk, running the full length of the extension; to the other is a storage and TV bench and the full width oak stairs up to the kitchen provide an ideal perching space.

A new loft conversion was also included in this project to accommodate a third bedroom and en-suite. At first floor a double height hallway has been created, exposing the height of the existing roof pitch. 

Simon and Jon designed a bespoke painted timber staircase. Its simple yet striking, contemporary design unifies the house, with slatted balustrades providing a screen to the first floor. They had functionality in mind as well as aesthetics as the screens are designed to be removable to assist in moving furniture.

This project has just been long-listed for the “Don’t Move, Improve” awards 2019!


Images by Chris Snook


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