Before coming to us, our clients had previously worked with a different architect but had found the design process to be difficult and they ended up with planning permission for an ultra-modern glass box, which they didn’t particularly like or want to build. Having been through the planning process before, they already had a clear idea of what they would be able to build in terms of size. They also knew they wanted to create a room that complemented the interiors of the Georgian house, which they had lovingly restored.
We took their ideas and worked to create a space that flowed seamlessly from the house without slavishly copying its details. We worked with precedent images to try to understand the ambience of the room we were creating. Discussing photographs of rooms made it quick and easy for our clients to identify materials and finishes that they liked. The end result was similar to our original design in terms of volume, but the material palette and detailing developed organically during the design process.
At Durham Row, every part of our building had to be hand-carried through the front door as there was no rear access to the building and the street was too narrow to get a crane down. This restricted everything, from the size of the doors and skylight to the weight of the materials we could use to finish the floors and garden. Without this restriction, we might have come up with a very different design, but the success of the project is that nobody who walks into the house will ever realise that these restrictions existed.