West Kensington house extension: end grain oak floor detail of grain

Architecture for London has received planning consent for a loft conversion and double storey rear extension to a Victorian house in Caithness Road, West Kensington

A large double height volume is proposed at ground and lower ground floors with a frameless silicone jointed glass box above. This glass box allows an excellent quality of natural light and views toward the garden from the entire upper ground and lower ground floors. Internal walls are removed at lower ground floor to create an open plan kitchen and dining room with floors finished in end grain oak and Portland Roach stone. These floors will be linked to the garden with landscaping in matching natural stones.

A new contemporary timber stair with a bespoke double height bookcase connects the lower floor kitchen with the upper ground library and formal reception room. The lower four steps of the stair are cast in situ concrete to join as one material volume with the concrete countertops.

Floor to ceiling acoustic oak doors allow the lower ground floor to be partitioned to create a quiet study when required. The existing vault at the front is excavated and underpinned to create a functional new bathroom with adequate floor to ceiling heights.

At first floor, a master suite with new bathroom and dressing area is proposed. The loft conversion with rear dormer provides an additional bedroom, ensuite and utility room, and enables views across the rooftops of West Kensington.

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