With their plans to add an additional floor thwarted, BVDS Architects fit a new loft bedroom into a half-height space that feels surprisingly open.
When Andrew and Beth, a couple with a young child, discovered they had a second baby on the way, they realized they needed more space than their much-loved two-story, two-bedroom home in central London provided. Priced out of three-bedroom properties in their neighborhood of Stoke Newington, they called on Bradley Van Der Straeten Architecture to expand their existing home. However, after receiving two planning refusals for a single-story loft extension because it would project above the highest point of the existing roofline, architect George Bradley realized they would need to get creative.
“We decided to approach the design as an interlocking jigsaw,” says Bradley. “We built an unconventional, half-height roof extension and reworked the interior volumes to interlock two floors in the space of one-and-a-half floors and create enough space for the additional bedroom. We may have given less footprint, but we created more volume and an additional bedroom by using the space creatively.”
See the full story on Dwell.com: This Half-Height Expansion for a Growing Family in London Is a Real Brainteaser
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