The owners wanted to add two bedrooms and a bathroom to their house. On our first visit to the house, it quickly seemed to us that the addition of the two bedrooms would not solve the problem of view and access from this town house to its very beautiful and large garden. The external steps to reach the garden, a single window and a partially glazed door to the garden were going to be a problem for a large 5-bedroom-house.
After studying their request, their constraints and their desires, we instead suggested that they take the living room out of the original house and install it in the heart of the garden, in the extension. The original house, slightly higher than the garden and the street, is thus entirely dedicated to the night rooms. The former living room is redistributed into two bedrooms and a dressing room. The former entrance-laundry room is transformed into a bathroom and the kitchen has become an office connecting the original house to the extension. The original house is thus entirely dedicated to family privacy.
The extension is placed at the level of the garden. It incorporates the new entrance space, the new garage, a bicycle shed / DIY workshop and a generous living room where the border between the garden and the interior is blured. A patio visually connects the two volumes and their two eras of construction: the 1930s house and the extension designed in a 1950s spirit, dear to the owners.
The construction gives pride of place to noble materials: oak (joinery, window sills and parquet), aluminium (joinery and cladding), raw concrete stripped or textured for access and the fire place in the living room, cement tiles, terrazzo. Claustra walls use randomized solid hand-molded brick. This brick for the facades of the garden and the patio is placed on the slab and stapled to the wood frame. It is also found on the openwork fireplace stump and on the screen walls.