Our Patch July 2015 Before & After A Hammersmith house goes from dated and tired to a design masterpiece in just two years with expert help and plenty of imagination T MIDT SCH HENS KITC idt- . s chm w w w en s .c om k i tc h 7 1 4 6 0 0 0 3 020 hink you can’t make daring architectural decisions in the conservation area of Brackenbury Village? Well, think again. Because one unassuming brick terrace house in Dalling Road with a tired old kitchen has just been transformed into an architectural design masterpiece. It took two years, one for design and planning, and one for the building work, but the results are simply breathtaking. The homeowners – a young married couple with a small child – tasked themselves with creating a practical yet stylish house, and employed Shoreditch architect Neil Dusheiko after seeing some of his previous work. His brief was to design a space that makes full use of the sunshine from the south as it bathes the rear of the house with light through its bold use of glass. The transformation began by digging out the basement, as a loft conversion was prohibited. With the couple wanting to use as much natural light as possible in the basement it led Neil to off-handedly suggest a glass floor above it. They thought it was a great idea. “It’s the first glass floor we’ve ever done,” Neil says. “And we kept that theme running throughout the house.” More glass arrived in the form of two huge folding doors which meet at a right angle – amazingly, without a column as a join – as they open out to the rear patio. The design marvel was a labour of love for the contractor and allows the patio to function as an extension of the house, connecting the stylish kitchen space to wherever dinner is being served. Like the custom joinery throughout, the kitchen is sleek and minimal. Supplied and fitted by Schmidt Kitchens in nearby King Street, it maximises storage space while matching the almost industrial design of the house. That exacting standard is down to the number of options the kitchen experts can offer – totalling no less than 89 different finishes and 24 cabinet colours, says manager Jai Dhana proudly. Upstairs, the couple scrapped the roof joists and utilised the redundant loft space to create height by extending up to the roofbeams, adding in skylights to let the sun pour through. But it’s the bathroom that really pushes the boat out with its glass ceiling and use of stylish composite porcelain and stone tiles. And with energy conservation in mind, underfloor heating is used throughout the entire house. “It was a very complex job, both technically and structurally. Working with the historic foundation was tricky. “We also went to great lengths to minimise any impact on the neighbours. Yet it turned out really well and it was great to work with clients who pushed us to create something unusual. The more complex, the better,” Neil says with a smile.