Gus Alexander Architects


Pangbourne Avenue

Virtually nothing had been done to This "Hope and Glory" 1940's terrace house for thirty years. Our client is a photographer who spends a good deal of time abroad and there was therefore a requirement that the house be extremely easy to open up and shut down, at short notice.

When she is home she likes to entertain. To facilitate this, we have opened up the ground floor as much as possible, with the sitting room at the front, a top-lit kitchen and utility room in the middle, and the dining room opening onto the garden.

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We extended the house at the back, with a full width garden room, put a room in the roof, and also built a small timber framed studio and pergola at the back of the garden using clay tiles and pine parquet flooring salvaged from the main house. This creates a courtyard garden which is pleasant to look at from both directions and very easy to maintain. The doors, replacement windows, fire surround, kitchen and all the joinery have been purpose made.

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To make the best use of space in the attic recesses have been formed in the redundant flues.