Tower Hamlets

Project Architect:
Matt McKenna
Durant Street, London E2
Architectural services:
Outline designs
Planning application
Detailed design
Building regulations consent
Construction drawings
Tender documents
Contract administration
Interior design

These two neighbours in east London pooled their resources to extend their houses at the same time. Both properties feature a two-storey extension to the rear with a single storey side-infill on either side.

New stock bricks match the local colour palette, while the existing London butterfly roofs have been revealed by opening up ceilings in the existing house to form vaulted spaces. The houses now each step down from the existing living areas at the front to new open-plan kitchen and dining areas at the back. These larger spaces form generous, light-filled rooms for the families to enjoy and are connected straight onto their gardens.

The neighbours have expressed their individuality in the external finishes of the extensions and throughout the interior spaces. One house has a brick rear exterior with an open-plan kitchen featuring resin flooring and Caribbean Blue Quartzite worktops. Smoked oak floor boards continue through the property.

The second house has an extension clad in inclined slate. The living room floor is finished in soap washed douglas fir boards, which are matched by cupboard doors in the kitchen behind. The floor of the kitchen is polished concrete, while copper detailing and exposed ply edges create a warm, natural material palette.