Lyndhurst Grove SE15

— Peckham, London

A renovation of the lower ground floor level and rear garden with two main aims – to better connect the garden and house, and to create a kitchen and dining room fit for a client in the food industry.  

Client — Private
Sector — Residential
Nature — Renovation + external landscaping

daylight — connection

The existing, impenetrable, internal staircase down to the lower ground floor was replaced with an oak stair with open risers, and the solid dining room doors were replaced with glazed doors, introducing natural light to the centre of the floor plan.   

A material palette of light colours and natural textures was selected for the kitchen.  Light colours draw the daylight through the space, and natural materials establish a visual link with the external landscaping, creating a seamless threshold between the inside and out.  

The lower ground floor of this beautiful Victorian house is a semi basement, so it suffered from small windows and no connection to the rear garden. Both the kitchen and dining spaces are housed here, and with a client with a career in the food industry, it was imperative that they became light, bright spaces to be enjoyed.

This was achieved by adding a sunken courtyard adjacent to the kitchen, with large floor to ceiling steel framed doors, washing the kitchen with sunlight, and creating a link from the lower ground level to the rear garden.  The courtyard, external kitchen and steps up to the garden were constructed with pale bricks in order to reflect in as much natural daylight as possible.

Photography: Niki Borowiecki

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